Appointment of new Resident Conductor and Musical Director at Parc&Dare Band

Following the recent departure of Lewis Wilkinson as Musical Director of Parc & Dare Band due to relocating back to the North-East, we are extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Dewi Griffiths as the band’s new Resident Conductor and Nigel G Seaman as it’s Musical Director.

Both Dewi and Nigel bring a wealth of experience to the band and have collaborated together previously at the City of Cardiff (Melingriffith 1) Band, where they grew the band from strength to strength. They are now looking forward to a working partnership with Parc & Dare Band.

Dewi started his conducting career back in 2010 where he was appointed Musical Director of the newly formed Melingriffith 2 Band, where they had a very successful 3-year partnership, during which the band won the National Chamionship of Great Britain (4th Section Finals) in 2011. Between 2010 and 2012, the band won 9 out 12 contests. Following this, Dewi briefly took the BTM band in 2013 before hanging up the baton to focus on his day-to-day teaching and commitments with Tredegar Town Band.

In 2016, Dewi was presented the opportunity to conduct the City of Cardiff (Melingriffith 1) Band, where he enjoyed a successful period of stability and contesting success. The partnership between himself and the band grew from strength to strength, and he enjoyed working alongside Nigel Seaman to bring the best out of the band.

Nigel’s first association with Parc & Dare goes back to the period between 1986 and 1989 in what was then regarded as something of a purple patch for the band. Out of 12 contest appearances, the band obtained podium placings on all but one occasion. This included six top prizes as well as a memorable 4th place at the 1988 European Contest in Lucerne.

Nigel has worked with the band on a few occasions and is very excited at the prospect of returning to the band and embarking on a new chapter in its history, as well as renew a partnership with Dewi after the success they achieved with the City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) Band.

The band is looking forward to working with both Dewi and Nigel when rehearsals start back up in September.