The Cory Band made history in 2016 by winning an elusive Grand Slam and becoming the first band in history to be Quadruple Champions – simultaneously holding the National, Open, European and Brass in Concert titles. However, it has a long and illustrious history. Formed in 1884, it originally bore the name 'Ton Temperance'. In 1895 Sir Clifford Cory, the local colliery owner, heard the band and offered to provide financial assistance, resulting in the band's change of name to Cory.
In 1980 the band became European Champion and in 1984, its centenary year, it won the third in a hat-trick of National titles at the Royal Albert Hall, London, conducted by the charismatic Major Arthur Kenney. In 2000 the band achieved an historic double by winning both the Nationals and, for the first time in its history, the British Open, conducted by Dr. Robert Childs. In 2008-10 the band achieved a hat-trick of European Brass Band Champion titles.
Since 2012 the band has been conducted by Philip Harper, winning another two European titles (2013, 2016), three Nationals (2013, 2015 and 2016) four Brass in Concert titles (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016) and the British Open (2016). In 2014 it became the inaugural winner of TV Channel S4C's Band Cymru programme. It toured Australia in 2013, and the USA in February 2016, 40 years after its last visit.
The band is dedicated to new music, commissioning new works regularly, and is also passionate about education, with the Cory Academy (effectively the band’s outreach programme) established in 2013.
Nationals Contesting History
Most successful band in recent Nationals history. Going for hat-trick of victories in 2017 (and has won last two Nationals off no. 9 draw), won 3 times in last 4 years, on podium every year since 2006 and 13 times since 2000. Last time not here 1999. Won 8 times in 54 outings (8 from 53 RAH including hat-trick 1982-1984, 0 from 1 at Crystal Palace).
Principal Cornet: Tom Hutchinson
Soprano: Steve Stewart
Flugel: Helen Williams
Solo Horn: Ailsa Russell
Baritone: Steve Kane
Trombone: Chris Thomas
Euphonium: Glyn Williams
Eb Bass: Simon Howell
Bb Bass Rob Nicholson
Percussion: James Andrews