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Beaumaris clinch Welsh title

Seindorf Beaumaris clinched the Section Three title at the Welsh Regional Championships in Swansea on Saturday and, in so doing, securing a second successive appearance at the National Finals in Cheltenham.

In their on stage summing up, adjudicators Glyn Williams and Johnathan Pippen said there was "a clear winner" describing Beaumaris' performance as having done "all the basics well and made sense of the music."

It was also a memorable day for baritone player, Katherine Gaunt, who collected the prize for best instrumentalist in Section Three.

With new Musical Director, Bari Gwilliam, taking up his usual role on Soprano Cornet the band took to the stage under the baton of guest conductor, Clive Zwansiniski.

Having flown over from Norway to help the Youth Band prepare for the European Championships two years ago, Clive, is well known to the band.

"It was so easy for me to turn up and pick up on all the hard work done by Bari," said Clive. "It was an absolute pleasure to work with such a talented and committed group of players."

"I have loved my time in Beaumaris, the whole town was welcoming, not just the band," added Clive. "I hope it won't be too long before I can come back and work with the band once more." Beaumaris returned to contesting for the first time in six years at last year's Welsh Area Championships, clinching a place at the National Finals and promotion to this year's Third Section.

"We weren't sure what to expect given that we were only promoted this year," explained Musical Director, Bari Gwilliam.

"We have always taken great pride in our youth set up, so with a blend of experienced players and our younger players, we felt we were in with a chance." "14 players on stage were under the age of 18 and we also had two older players making their contesting debut, so to say I am immensley proud of them all is an understatement"

"It was an incredible day," added Bari. "When we came off stage we just knew we had had one of those performances." "There wasn't a dry eye in the changing room. This was my 100th contest with Seindorf Beaumaris and I can honestly say I haven't felt such emotion coming off the stage for a long time."


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