Wow. Just… wow.

Cory Band perform ‘The Triumph of Time’ by Peter Graham at the 2016 British Open Championships last year.




December Playlist

Ok, let’s start with the confession first. My ‘Sunday Playlist’ has already changed. I haven’t managed to create any since that first one so, with that in mind, I decided that a monthly playlist would be more suitable. So I’m starting over with December.

December being December means that there is most certainly a Christmas feel to this playlist. If Christmas music isn’t your thing, I’m sorry, but there is something a little less Christmas-sy included too. This is in the form of Tallis Variations, a wonderful 14 minutes of music from the pen of Philip Sparke. I had the honour to hear Glyn Williams perform Candlelight Carol live at the beginning of December, a stunning piece played beautifully by a maestro of the instrument. Further to that, standard brass band festive fair is included; Jingle Bells (performed by Lions Youth) and Mistletoe and Wine – a piece I remember well from my time playing with Audley – this time performed again by Cory. The playlist (just over half an hour) is finished by the fantastic ‘Yule Dance,’ a superb combination of  O Little Town of Bethlehem, In Dulcio Jubilo, I Saw Three Ships and Sussex Carol.

Jingle BellsComposer: Traditional, Arranger: Derek Ashmore
Performer: Lions Youth Band
Conductor: Nigel Birch

Tallis Variations
Composer: Philip Sparke
Performer: Cory Band
Conductor: Philip Harper

Candlelight Carol
Composer: John Rutter, Arranger: David Griffiths
Performer: Cory Band
Conductor: Philip Harper
Soloist: Glyn Williams

Mistletoe and Wine
Composer: Jeremy Paul, Leslie Stewart and Keith Strachan, Arranger: Darrol Barry
Performer: Buy As You View Band
Conductor: Robert Childs

Yule Dance
Composer: Philip Harper
Performer: Cory Band
Conductor: Philip Harper

Salute to the Cory

On 20th November 2016 the Cory Band and their Musical Director, Philip Harper, won the final trophy in their quite astonishing ‘Grand Slam.’

Up to that point 2016 had seen them win:

  • The European Brass Band Championships
  • British Open Brass Band Championships and
  • The National Brass Band Championship Final
At the Sage, Gateshead, they completed the full house when they won the Brass In Concert Entertainment competition. An astonishing achievement.
With all that in mind, I felt it prudent to post the link to the BBC Listen to the Band radio programme that has their full programme. It’s well worth a listen as it’s going to be a long time before we see/hear a brass band as good as the 2016 Cory Band.
You can listen to their winning performance ‘The Extraordinary Life of Roald Dahl’ by clicking here.