Band Profiles

Cory Band is a wonderfully diverse group of musicians, from across the UK, who come together to offer audiences a spectacular range of Brass Band Music.

Band Members are volunteers

Every band member makes a highly committed and significant contribution. This page lists all the Cory Band mMembers and profiles one from each section of the band; focusing on what motivates them to give their time and play their music, highlighting their own and reflecting their colleague’s views on what they get from the experience and what Cory offers, both to concert audiences and in its professional workshops.

Philip Harper


Philip was appointed Musical Director of Cory Band in 2012 and brought with him a wealth of experience as a conductor, composer and tenor horn player.

He took part in the Brass Final of the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year in 1991 and following a Master’s Degree in Composition, went on to enjoy a very successful performing career.

Philip has won wide acclaim for his entertaining concert performances, with one Cory Band member dubbing him a “raconteur” who successfully addresses and engages the audience both in performance and during the interval.

Philip describes Cory’s performances as like a fabulous journey from one unique destination to another – whether gloriously vibrant or exquisitely tranquil – you just need to sit back and enjoy the ride.