The band is aiming for a hat trick of wins at the Brass in Concert competition in Gateshead on the following weekend, and the second half of the concert will give audience members a chance to preview the band’s innovative new programme for the world’s leading brass band entertainment contest.
The first half of the concert marks an exciting first for the Cory Band, as it will be livestreamed around the world from the RWCMD’s sumptuous Dora Stoutzker Hall. The band has gathered a test audience of 150 people from 23 different countries who will be able to watch the livestream for free. Musical Director Philip Harper commented: “This type of accessibility to Cory Band’s performance is something I’ve been contemplating for a long time, and it’s exciting to be dipping our toe into the water in an initiative which aims to widen the appeal of brass bands around the globe. We are very grateful to the technical team at RWCMD in partnering with us in this first step along the way.”
The programme for the first half will include a new choreographed opening sequence which includes the march Thundercloud by previous Cory conductor T. J. Powell, solos from Tom Hutchinson, Steve Stewart and Richard Davies, John Williams’s Hymn to the Fallen in remembrance of our war heroes, and an Irish-folk themed finale which should bring the house down. The contents of the second half are, of course, a closely-guarded secret!
Tickets for the event are priced at £12 and are available from the Dora Stoutzker Hall box office on 029 2039 1391, firstname.lastname@example.org