Top Huddersfield musician Phillip McCann has secured a new accolade.
The University of Huddersfield lecturer, one of the world’s most celebrated brass musicians, has achieved a unique double with his latest award.
And he is also to feature in a special BBC show.
The Worshipful Company of Musicians, descended from an ancient London guild, has announced that Mr McCann, famed as a cornet soloist and as a conductor, is the recipient of the 2013 John Henry Iles Medal.
Established in 1947, in memory of a former Master of the Worshipful Company, it is awarded annually in recognition of services to the brass band movement.
The Company’s other brass band-related award is the Harry Mortimer Medal, named after a legendary conductor.
Mr McCann, who is head of Brass and Woodwind at the University of Huddersfield, received that award in 2003.
He is the only person to have been the recipient of both the Iles and the Mortimer medals.
And he is also to be featured in a special edition of a long-established BBC Radio 2 show.
“It’s a great honour,” said Mr McCann, a former principal cornet with Black Dyke Band who has featured on many solo recordings and on film and TV soundtracks.
He has performed around the world and conducted bands globally – recently visiting Sweden for the first time to work with the Gothenburg Brass Band, which has some of the country’s leading professional players in its ranks.
Another tribute will be paid to Mr McCann on Wednesday October 23.
BBC Radio 2’s Listen to the Band will be devoted to an interview with him and to recordings of his playing and performances he has conducted.
Born in Scotland, Mr McCann began his playing career at the age of eight, with Kinneil Colliery Band.
He said: “When I started as a youngster in my local band, I could never have imagined the experiences that I would have through playing the cornet and being involved with brass bands and education.”
Mr McCann received his John Henry Iles Medal during the British Open Brass Band Championship held at the Symphony Hall, in Birmingham, where he was conducting Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band.
He will also be honoured at the Worshipful Company of Musicians annual livery dinner at London’s Goldsmiths Hall on November 13.