Band Cymru

A special win for The Cory Band

The Cory Band winners

The Cory Band are the winners of S4C's inaugural Band Cymru competition - claiming the trophy and the total prize of £10,000.

After four competition sessions, held at Treorchy's Park and Dare Theatre, 12 wind, jazz and brass band competed - with the winner in each session was then considered for the main prize in the final programme of the series.

Ranked number one Brass Band in the world, they are no strangers to success in competitions far and wide, but to claim a prize on home soil was special to them, says Band Manager Austin Davies.

"As the worlds no 1 ranked Brass Band and proud to represent Wales on the world stage how could we not enter a competition in Wales?" says Austin, who first joined the band in 1997.

"Competitions are what decide who's best. So to have a new competition here where the general public is able to see the process is very exciting. "I applaud S4C for their decision to commission the series. Wales is the UK hotspot for Brass Bands at the moment but outside of our movement few people know this. Hopefully this series has shown that the viewers what the very best brass bands are capable of."

The judging panel was made up of three experts, who are highly respected in their field: Norwegian Tuba soloist, Øystein Baadsvik; Barry Forgie, known for his work with the BBC Big Band; and Welshman Gareth Small from Penclawdd, near Swansea.

Following the four competition sessions, the task for the judges in the final was to choose one overall winner from among The Cory Band, Capital City Jazz Orchestra, Tongwynlais Temperance Band, and Tredegar Town Band - ranked the second best Brass Band in the world.

"There is a healthy rivalry between us and Tredegar Town Band on the contest stage but off it we collaborate on projects together," explains Austin.

What will the band do with the £10,000 prize?

"The Cory is a very busy band. This year we have six competitions, three CD recordings and 26 concerts at home and in Europe. At all of these events we are proud to represent Wales and our uniforms display our patriotism with our logo proudly adorning our Blazers. The prize will help to fund new uniforms complete with our logo."

Watch performances by each of the competing bands via the links below.

The Bands