What a performance, straight off a number 1 draw, probably our best performance of the year. All the hard work on Goff Richards’ The Aeronauts was worth it. The notes were all where they should, the rhythms were spot on, tuning and marks of expression all good. Ellis was unbelievable, absolutely top draw, what an asset he will be to The National Youth Brass Band of Wales, and his support team today was so strong, all through each section, the confidence just oozed from you all, and for that I’m truly grateful! There was only one fly in the ointment, and that was the adjudicator Derek Broadbent, and we’re not the only band that felt aggrieved. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about his decision making, but you know that you played exceptionally well, and that should be the main thing. Really, we should accept that performance as finishing the year on a high, so enjoy the rest of the year, carry on with the hard work and I’m sure 2014 will be a successful year for us all! My thanks to Jan and Ian once again, we couldn’t have done it without you.