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Under the spotlight: Ross Dunne

Sunday 28 March, 2021

For Tredegar Town Band’s tenor horn star Ross Dunne, bringing his debut solo album, Matryoshka, to fruition has been a marathon rather than a sprint. Delayed by the pandemic, the album has finally hit the shelves, much to the delight of banding audiences.

The 22-year-old, who lives in Cardiff but who was born in Newport and raised in Cwmbran, chats to British Bandsman editor Mark Good about the album and his experiences of the past 12 months.


Tell me about your early musical life.

RD: I started off with Cwmbran Brass in 2005, when I was seven, and soon became involved in the Greater Gwent Youth Band, eventually becoming principal horn. Opportunities to play in places like the Royal Albert Hall and Symphony Hall, Birmingham, soon made me decide I wanted to push my performing as much as possible. I was a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain (2013-2015) and the National Youth Brass Band of Wales (2012-2017), becoming principal horn in my second year. In 2011, I joined Pontypool Brass Band, which was conducted by Owen Farr. A couple of years later, I moved to play solo horn with the Llwydcoed Band, which won promotion to the Championship Section under Christopher Turner.

It was an honour to join the Cory Band in 2015 and I got to play first horn, winning the Nationals and being a part of the grand slam in 2016, when the band won the European, British Open, National and Brass in Concert championships in one year.


Congratulations on the release of your new album, Matryoshka. How does it feel to get the album ‘out there’ for everyone to enjoy?

RD: Thanks very much, Mark. It's a huge relief for the album to be finally out there. The project was first realised three years ago, in 2018, so it’s great that all the hard work has finally paid off. 


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