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Jim Davies M.Mus Jim Davies virtuoso cornet player, conductor and popular adjudicator hails from the Rhondda Valley South Wales where he began playing the cornet at the age of nine. He went on to win dozens of prestigious solo awards, including Champion Soloist of Wales at the age of 15. During his illustrious career, Jim has made numerous TV and radio appearances, and is the only one to have won the much-coveted Granada TV Best Soloist award twice. He has been featured as guest artist at both the European and National Brass Band Championships, and has also performed as soloist in all the major concert halls of the British Isles. He has undertaken concert tours all over Europe with highlights being a performance at St.Peter’s Basilica Rome and at the United Nations in Vienna. He has toured both North America, and Russia on behalf of the Welsh Arts Council. Jim was a Vincent Bach featured artist and helped to design and endorse the Stradivarius extra large bore cornet. Jim spent 30 years as one of the finest principal cornet players ever to grace both contest and concert stage ,firstly with Cory Band in South Wales and then with the Brighouse and Rastrick Band in West Yorkshire. During his time with Cory, the band won many prizes, including the European and World Championship and four National Championship titles including a hattrick. More National wins followed at Brighouse and he released his solo CD ‘Evergreen’, accompanied by the band. Jim has been in demand as a conductor since the age of 22, when he took over the top section Markham Band. He later conducted the South Wales bands of Ynyshir, Tongwynlais, Mid-Rhondda and Tredegar to continued contest success. He even won the Section 2 National Finals with Ammanford Town from the dreaded No.1 draw, as well as the famous Joshua Tetleys Contest with Point of Ayr Colliery. On moving to Yorkshire, Jim enjoyed three years as Musical Director of Carlton Main Frickley Colliery and Wingates bands. Most recently, he has been responsible for the resurgence of the EYMS Brass Band in Hull, the Yorkshire Imperial Band, Drighlington and Skelmanthorpe Bands winning the Butlins Mineworkers 1st section in both 2014 and 2017 Jim holds a Masters Degree in Advanced Musicology and is Housemaster at the prestigious Ackworth School West Yorkshire. He is proud to have spent his career steeped in the British brass band tradition and now brings all of his experience to the adjudicators’ box. For many years a popular instrumental and band adjudicator at the National Eisteddfod and Welsh brass band contests and cornet tutor to the National Youth Brass Bands both here and abroad. Jim has judged at all regional qualifying rounds and at the finals of the National Championships on several occasions. He has also judged the National Youth Championships at Blackpool, at the Butlins Mineworkers and at the Brass in Concert Entertainment Contest. He has recently judged the Swiss Solo Championships in Valais.
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