Rare chance to see world’s best brass band

IPSWICH: The world’s number one ranked brass band is performing in Ipswich for the first time.

The Cory Band, from the Rhondda Valley, South Wales, will be at the Ipswich Corn Exchange this Saturday <June 12>, from 7.30pm.

Music from Rimsky Korsakov, Tchaikovsky and Karl Jenkins, along with the Light Cavalry Overture and a tribute to Glenn Miller will be included in the varied programme.

All of the band’s soloists will feature, including principal euphonium David Childs, the BBC Brass Musician of the Year 2000.

The concert is being presented by the Ipswich Charity Concert Committee which was formed in 1989 and has presented 42 brass band concerts, raising more than �61,000 for good causes.

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Secretary Tim Mutum said: “We are delighted to be welcoming the Cory Band - the current Champion Band of Europe and British Open Champions - to Ipswich.

“They are the Man Utd of brass bands, winning everything. They rarely come to this part of the world so to get them now is a real coup - we’re chuffed to bits.”

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The Cory Band was formed in 1884, originally bearing the name Ton Temperance. In 1895 Sir Clifford Cory, chairman of Cory Brothers, heard the band and offered to provide them financial assistance, leading to the band’s change of name.

In recent times the band has won the coveted title Champion Band of Great Britain on five occasions, been British Open Champions four times and been crowned Champion Band of Europe in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Members have performed in many of the world’s finest concert venues including the Grieg Hall, Stravinsky Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.

Proceeds from Saturday’s concert will be split between Crohn’s and Colitis UK and the Ipswich Hospital Ear, Nose and Throat Equipment Fund.

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