Carmarthenshire Music Service held its annual Senior Music Festival over two evenings in March and April, playing to capacity audiences at Gwendraeth Hall, Drefach. Over the two concerts more than 300 pupils representing secondary schools in Carmarthenshire took part. The Senior Groups rehearse on a monthly or day-course basis, and this concert was a chance to display the results of two terms of hard work by both pupils and staff.

 Sstrings 2017

String Orchestra

The first concert featured the Senior String Orchestra, Big Band and the Senior Wind Band.

 Big Band 2017

Big Band

The appreciative audience was treated to performances of a wide variety of music including classical music favourites, jazz classics, pop and music from film and television.

Swind 2017

Wind Band

The evening also included the presentation of the Ralph Davies Memorial Award for the most promising jazz musician and this year’s recipient was Thomas Massocchi.

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The second concert featured the Senior Harp Ensemble, County Girls Choir and the Senior Orchestra.

Sharps 2017

Harp Ensemble

 Choir 2017


Once again a wide variety of music was performed including a wonderful selection of music in different styles including classical music favourites, traditional folk music, and music from the movies.

Sorch 2017


The evening also included the presentation of the Terry Jones Memorial Prize and this year’s recipients were Joseph Deveza, Joe Martin, Dafydd Daniel, and Gwenno Acciaioli.