RAF St Athan Voluntary


RAF St Athan Voluntary Band was formed in 1938 with two purposes – to further the musical experience of the young men and women of the Royal Air Force and to provide musical support to the RAF Station and the wider ceremonial and civic responsibilities of the community. Both roles are still as relevant now as they were 79 years ago and the Band remains as busy as ever – performing at over eighty concerts, parades, garden parties, contests, dinner nights – just about anywhere where music can make a positive contribution.

The Band started competing at the Regional Contest in Swansea in 1988 and has entered each and every subsequent contest. They have qualified to compete at the Finals on six previous occasions – the latest being in Section Two in 2005.

The Band’s oldest performer will be John Foley and eighty five year old RAF veteran and former member of No 5 Regional Band based at RAF Locking and their youngest will be twelve year old Oliver Bourne, an accomplished pianist who also plays cornet but will be in the kitchen sink bashing pots and pans for this performance whilst Mum, Claire will play Principal Cornet. Principal Euphonium Chris Halliday is a Music and Physics graduate of Cardiff University and now teaches Physics at St Illtyd’s RC School Cardiff.

First Nationals appearance since 2005 (Section 2). Total of 6 previous Nationals appearances, including qualifying for 4 consecutive years 1991-1994. Highest Nationals placing of 5th (S2 1992). Only previous appearance at S3 was 1994.

Principal Players

Principal Cornet - Claire Bourne
Soprano - Nigel Stallard
Flugel Horn - Christopher Painter
Solo Horn - Geraint Warlow
First Baritone - Victor Partridge
Solo Trombone - Christopher Lednor
Bass Trombone - Claire Higgins
Principal Euphonium - Christopher Halliday
EEb Bass - Mark Turner
BBb Bass - Steve Davis
Percussion - Andrew Cookson