Anthony Yorath and the first Crystal Palace Gold Medal

Recently I came across a cabinet card photograph of a young-looking cornet player. No name was attached to the card, merely the details of the photographer – F.W. Vidler (manager) – the London Photographic Co. Ltd., 48 Langler Road, Kensal Rise, London. The rear of the card mentioned “patronised by Her Majesty the Queen”, which indicated that it was probably produced before 1902 (when Edward VII was crowned). The cornetist was posing with his cornet and a display of medals won in competition. Enlarging the image of his beribboned medal, it was clear that that medal was one of those awarded at the National Brass Band Championships at the Crystal Palace. This further restricted the date to 1900 or 1901.

By a process of elimination, and investigating various newspaper and genealogy sources, it became clear that the photograph was of Anthony Yorath, principal cornet of the Arael Griffin Temperance Band at Abertillery. When they competed in the first National Championship Contest in 1900, he was the first recipient of a gold medal for best cornet soloist.

See the following document for more details: Anthony Yorath and the first Crystal Palace Gold Medal

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