facebook twitter rss vimeo


Cory set for 2014 with new trio

New signings add to the ranks as European, National and Brass in Concert champions plan for more success in 2014.

New signings


After a year in which they claimed the European, National and Brass in Concert titles, Cory has already planned for future success with the signing of three new players.

New trio

Will Norman comes in on repiano cornet, with Dan Sharpe on cornet and Kate James on tuba.

Will has just started his studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and despite his youth brings a great deal of experience from his time as flugel with the Flowers Band and at the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.

Dan Sharpe also joins on cornet and was most recently a member of Filton Band in Bristol. He is renewing his acquaintance with Cory MD Philip Harper having spent five years together also at Flowers Band.

Kate James joins after enjoying spells with both BTM and Tongwynlais. After a brief sabbatical, Kate filled in at a couple of Cory concerts in September and joined the band in time for its Brass in Concert win in November.


Philip Harper told 4BR: "I'm delighted to have secured the services of two fantastic cornet players and a great tuba player.

Our cornet section has been in a state of flux since the Europeans last May. Will is one of the most exciting new prospects and has been taken under the wing of both Tom Hutchinson and Steve Stewart.

Dan brings a huge sound to the 3rd cornet seat and is one of the most dedicated bandsmen I have ever known. Both have fitted in extremely well with the band."

I'm delighted to have secured the services of two fantastic cornet players and a great tuba playerMD, Philip Harper

Fond farewell

He added: "As we bid a fond farewell to Japanese tuba player Kazuyuki Kouno, who had been studying for a Masters Degree at the RWCMD but was returning to Japan, I could see that Kate offered everything we'd need to replace him. I'm delighted that she accepted my invitation to join the band."

Cory Band is now looking forward to fulfilling its remaining Christmas engagements before its annual Awards Dinner Dance on 4th January.

Brian Turner

Turner prize for Brighouse & Rastrick

March 23 • National Champion announces Vice Presidency link with celebrity chef and long time Brighouse fan Brian Turner CBE.


Ten grand reasons for celebration for A4 Brass Quartet

March 23 • The A4 Brass Quartet has claimed the £10,000 first prize at the acclaimed Royal Over-Seas League Chamber Music Competition.


Leonard retires after 25 years of innovative leadership

March 23 • Keith Leonard has announced his retirement as MD after 25 years of service with Derwent Brass.

Band Supplies

Great deals on offer from Band Supplies

March 23 • There are some brilliant ex-demo and second hand deals on at the moment from Band Supplies

Croydon Citadel Band - The International Staff Band of The Salvation Army

Saturday 24 March • The Salvation Army. Booth Rd. Croydon. CR0 1XY CR0 1XY

Black Dyke Band - Newtown (Powys)

Saturday 24 March • Theatre Hafren, Llanidloes Rd, Newtown SY16 4HU

Leyland Band - Annual Patrons' Concert

Sunday 25 March • Chorley Town Hall PR7 1DP

South London Fellowship Band - Royal Tunbridge Wells Songsters

Monday 26 March • The Salvation Army. Royal Tunbridge Wells Corps. Bayhall Road. Tunbridge Wells TN2 4UT

Foden's Band - Sandbach Town Hall - Heritage Launch

Tuesday 27 March • Sandbach Town Hall,High St, Sandbach CW11 1AX

Clifton and Lightcliffe Band

March 24 • Our third section B Band are looking for Cornet and Trombone players. Rehearsals Friday's 7.00 - 8.15pm and Sunday mornings 10.00 - 12.15pm Based at Bailiff Bridge Brighouse. Our Saturday morning training band is also looking for players. All abilities.

Clifton and Lightcliffe Band

March 24 • Second Section band we are looking for a 2nd Trombone and back row cornet. We have a busy concert calendar and a trip to Italy planned for August 2018. Based at Bailiff Bridge Brighouse.

Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

March 23 • REPIANO CORNET are you the right person for this seat, we have a sensible mix of concerts and contests with a Germany trip in 2019. Also a 5th place at the yorkshire areas in the 1st section we are looking to build on this for the future.

Ian Holmes

BA (hons), PGDip (RCM), ARCM, ALCM
Conductor, piano accompanist and educator