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Issue 5977

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Andreas Kratz to lead Tongwynlais Temperance Band

Tuesday 13 February, 2018

As preparations for the hotly contested Welsh Regional Championships gather apace, Tongwynlais Temperance Band has announced that Swedish performer and conductor Andreas Kratz will direct the band at the contest, to be held in Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall on Sunday 18 March. As well as a respected tenor and bass trombone player with the Gothenburg Opera House, Andreas Kratz is the Conductor of Windcorp Brass Band in Sweden and will take up the role alongside newly-appointed resident musical director Matthew Rowe. The engagement with Tongwynlais marks a welcome return to Wales for Andreas who has previously worked as a tutor for the National Youth Band of Wales in 2015. Band Chairman Iestyn Davies said: “The opportunity of working with Andreas was presented to us early in January after we had taken the decision in to work more closely with our newly-appointed musical director and solo euphonium player Matthew Rowe, who will take the band to the Band Cymru contest in February.” Andreas said: “I am looking forward to working and making great music with Tongwynlais. The banding scene in Wales is extremely competitive and hotly contested so it’s a real plunge into the deep-end of conducting in the UK.”