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Chris Wormald

B.Mus (Hons), LTCL, PGCE

Conductor, adjudicator, arranger

Chris Wormald

Contact details

42 Sandileigh Drive, Sandfield Park, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL1 8UF

Email: cj.wormald@btopenworld.com
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Home: 01204 307555
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Work: 01204 842382


More about Chris

Born in 1961, Chris Wormald was awarded the Mortimer Medal in 1998 from The Worshipful Company of Musicians at the British Open in Symphony Hall, Birmingham and was named 2001 Classic FM Music Teacher of The Year at a lavish ceremony in London. He has been a long time member of the National Association of Brass Band Adjudicators, National Association of Brass Band Conductors and has won numerous contests, competitions, festivals and awards as conductor, horn player, arranger, pianist and teacher.

Chris has over one hundred adjudications to his credit all over the World since 1991 with the emphasis on Championship Section and national contests since 2004. These include the Swiss National Championships, French National Championships, three English National Championships, two Scottish Opens, Brass In Concert, Grand Shield (Senior Cup and Senior Trophy), National Brass Band Finals, multiple Yorkshire, North West, Midlands, London, South West and Scottish Area contests, Muse Festival (Singapore), Preston Guildhall, Durham Association, Leicestershire Association, BBL (Northern Ireland), Scottish Borders, Buxton, Pontins, Wilkinson Northern Open, Carnegie Trust, Weston-Super-Mare, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Easingwold, Skipton, Fleetwood, Ebbw Vale, Hardraw Scar, Minsthorpe, Morley, Rhyl, annually on Whit Friday (Greenfield since 2015) and the British Open Solo & Quartet Championships.

Chris has conducted brass bands professionally since 1983. Highlights include conducting Brighouse & Rastrick at the 1994 Leek Arts Festival, being MD of Wingates (1998-2000) and conducting Grimethorpe in concerts from Reading Town Hall to South Wales in 2007 whilst the band was National Champions of Great Britain. Chris joined James Shepherd Versatile Brass as horn soloist for five years at the personal invitation of Jim Shepherd in 1990, the year Chris was also appointed to Smithills School having been Head of Brass Instrumental Teaching for Bolton MBC since 1983, during which time he also taught at the RNCM in Manchester. As a teenager Chris was a member of the NYBBGB alongside Ian Bousfield, Nick Childs, Steven Mead and Martin Winter and played with the band under Harry Mortimer at Belle Vue in 1978.

Chris formed his internationally renowned Smithills School Senior Brass Band in 1991 and over the next twenty years of competition they won over fifty major national and international competitions including becoming inaugural World Brass Band Champions in Kerkrade, Holland in 2005 (Adult, 3rd Section), winning twelve National Festival of Music For Youth titles at the Royal Festival Hall in London and Symphony Hall in Birmingham, including two runs of five consecutive years in that time; a level of national success never achieved by any school before or since. Chris conducted Smithills all over the World on over twenty tours abroad, from Norway to New Zealand and Japan to the USA (five concert tours) in addition to eight times at the Royal Albert Hall in London before he retired from teaching in 2015 at the age of 54 to earn his living as a freelance arranger, conductor, pianist and horn player.

Chris has over one hundred published brass band arrangements with Obrasso, Wright & Round, Kirklees and Studio Music. His Obrasso arrangements are recorded annually on CD by Black Dyke, Cory and Brighouse & Rastrick bands. As an orchestral horn player, Chris made his professional London debut in the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Barbican in 2003 after two decades of freelancing throughout the UK.

 

 



Foden's Band - BBC Radio 'Young Brass Award Final'

Friday 20 April • RNCM, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD


Crofton Silver Band - Theatre Royal Wakefield

Friday 20 April • Theatre Royal Wakefield. Drury Lane . Wakefield WF1 2TE


Thundersley Brass Band - TBB Quiz Night

Friday 20 April • Richmond Hall, Richmond Avenue, South Benfleet, Essex SS75HA


Black Dyke Band - Conthey - Switzerland

Saturday 21 April • tbc tbc


Gresley Colliery Band - Gresley Colliery Youth and Senior Brass Bands

Saturday 21 April • Gresley Old Hall,. Gresley Wood Road . Swadlincote DE11 9QW


Blidworth Welfare Band

April 20 • Assistant Principal Cornet and Percussionist. Having recently secured 5th place at the Midlands Area Championship Section and a new Principal cornet we are looking for applications for the above positions. The band operate a sensible diary of engagements.


Enderby Band

April 19 • Enderby Band are looking for a SOLO TROMBONE. We are a hard-working and sociable band and are looking for committed players to fill these key seats. The band are current Wychavon and Shirebrook Champions and National finalists.


West Somerset Brass Band

April 19 • West Somerset Brass is looking to strengthen its cornet section, if you are a front or back row player we would be delighted to hear from you, you may even still have a chance of coming along to our French tour later in the year.


Simon Gresswell


Conductor, adjudicator, tutor, tuba specialist