Newport musician to be soloist at Last Night of the Welsh Proms

Newport musician David Childs will appear as a guest soloist with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra, conducted by Owain Arwel Hughes, for one of the biggest dates in Cardiff’s annual concert calendar – the last night of the Welsh Ballrooms .

Mr. Childs, euphonium soloist and former tutor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, is now professor of euphonium at the University of North Texas at Dallas.

He continues to divide his time between the United States and his home Bassaleg.

Her late grandfather, John Childs, was a euphonium player and bandleader with the Tredegar Town Band, and her father, Robert, is also a euphonium player and for many years led the number one band in the world, Cory, based in the Rhondda.

Considered one of the finest brass instruments of his generation, Mr. Childs has many albums to his credit and has toured the world as a soloist, performing at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall in New York to the Royal Albert Hall. from London.

This will be his eighth solo appearance at the Welsh Proms, where he has previously premiered concertos by Sir Karl Jenkins and fellow Welsh composer Paul Mealor.

This Saturday, he will perform a new edition of a concerto by Ralph Vaughan Williams to celebrate the composer’s 150th birthday, as well as other virtuoso pieces, including Flight of the Bumble Bee.

The concert, at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, starts at 7.30pm.