THERE is no point in changing a winning formula which explains why the world famous Cory Band is back at Huddersfield Town Hall as guests of Honley Male Voice Choir.
Cory, crowned European Champions for the third successive year and second in the National Championship of Great Britain, is joining the Honley men for the sixth successive year.
And when Cory appear on the Town Hall stage on Saturday, December 11, in Honley’s annual concert, Christmas with Honley, the band will be doing so as World Champions for the fourth year running.
The choir is also delighted to welcome back one of the world’s top euphonium players, David Childs, son of Cory Musical Director Dr Robert Childs, who unfortunately had to miss last year’s concert.
The world’s most visited brass website (4barsrest.com) recently described David as “the world’s finest euphonium player” and this year he has certainly lived up to that reputation.
Having made his debuts in Los Angeles, Hawaii and Rome last year, David achieved his childhood dream of playing in New York’s Carnegie Hall earlier this year, giving the US premiere of Karl Jenkins’ Concerto for Euphonium which the composer described as an “absolutely breathtaking performance.”
David is one of a quartet of brilliant soloists performing with the band.
Principal trombonist Chris Thomas, who has been with them for the last 10 years, is a former British trombone champion and British Open Solo Champion. Principal tenor horn Owen Farr, who joined the band in 2004, is a former British Open Junior Solo Champion and lectures in brass scoring and arranging at the Birmingham Conservatoire and is a tenor horn tutor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Principal cornet Tom Hutchinson will be making his Huddersfield Town Hall debut having joined the band in January from Black Dyke where he had been a member of the front row for four years.
The band, which hails from the Rhondda Valley in South Wales, last year celebrated its 125th anniversary.
Cory’s numerous live concert performances have received worldwide acclaim. They have played to sell out concerts at home and abroad at major venues such as Birmingham Symphony Hall, Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Cardiff Saint David’s Hall and Cardiff Millennium Centre as well as the National Eisteddfod of Wales, the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen and London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Dr Childs, whose daughter Lisa is also in the band, was born and bred in the South Wales valley town of Tredegar. He is an Associate of the Royal College of Music, a Fellow of the London College of Music and gained a distinction in a Masters degree from the University of Leeds.
He has conducted and performed with most of the top bands in the north of England, conducted and played with Black Dyke for nearly 10 years and was their principal euphonium player.
Since his appointment as Musical Director in 2000, Cory has achieved remarkable success and in 2008 Dr Childs was awarded the Freedom of the City of London by the Worshipful Company of Musicians for his continuing work in the brass band field and in education.
Compere for the concert will be proud dad Peter Armitage, whose son Simon has just received the CBE for services to literature.
It starts at 7.15pm and tickets, £7 to £15, are available from www.kirklees.gov.uk/townhalls or call the booking office on 01484 223200.