Cory Band

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The Cory Band that achieved a grand slam of all British major titles in 2016 and 2019.

Cory Band is one of the oldest and best known brass bands in the world, formed in 1884 in the Rhondda Valley. Their aim is to create music that is 'spine tingling, moving and life affirming'.[1]

History and origins[edit]

Cory Band are from the Rhondda Valley in Wales. They were formed in 1884 and originally bore the name ‘Ton Temperance’ a reference to the Temperance movement in the South Wales Valleys of the time. In 1895 Sir Clifford Cory, Chairman of Cory Brothers, heard the band and offered to provide financial assistance for them, resulting in the band’s change of name to ‘Cory’. In 1920, the band gained championship status and three years later achieved the distinction of performing what is believed to have been the first radio broadcast by a brass band. A significant honour was bestowed on the band in 1976 when they were chosen to represent Wales and the Brass Band Movement on a tour of the US as part of their bi-centennial celebrations.

Titles and honours[edit]

  • National Champions - 1974, 1982, 1983, 1984, 2000, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019
  • British Open Champions - 2000, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2016, 2018, 2019
  • European Champions - 1980, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019,2022
  • Brass In Concert Champions - 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019
  • World Music Contest Champions 2009 - 2012
  • Band Cymru Champions 2014, 2016, 2018


Cory Band has developed musically outside of the contest field. In 2001, together with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales they were appointed as resident ensemble to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and in the same year appointed Dr John Pickard as their Composer in Residence. John Pickard’s tenure with the band ended in July 2005 when the band made history giving the première performance of his Gaia Symphony at the prestigious Cheltenham International Festival. The symphony was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Over an hour in duration, it is currently the largest scale original work in the repertory.

The band is dedicated to new music, raising the profile of the brass band genre and keeping music alive in Wales. They have an active commissioning policy and have performed works by many of Britain’s leading composers; John McCabe, Judith Bingham, Elgar Howarth, Edward Gregson, Alun Hoddinott, Karl Jenkins, Gareth Wood, David Bedford, as well as John Pickard. The band’s current Associate Composer is Christopher Bond.

In 2002 the band were selected to play for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations and have since performed in many of the world’s finest concert venues including the Grieg Hall, Stravinsky Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and Symphony Hall, Birmingham. In 2003, they performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Last Night of the Welsh Proms and were also featured during the opening celebrations of the new Wales Millennium Centre.

Cory Band are recognised as one of Wales’ finest and most innovative music ensembles.[citation needed] Their numerous CD recordings and live concert performances have received worldwide acclaim. Having dominated in Wales for many years, 2005 saw the Cory Band officially ranked number 1 in the World (according to Brassstats World Rankings [2]). As of February, 2001, the band remain the World's number one ranked brass band.

In 2007, following the end of the term of sponsorship from the Buy As You View company, the name of the band reverted to the name under which it has enjoyed most success: Cory Band.

In September 2019, the band became British Open champions for the 8th time in twenty years, having previously won in 2000, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2016 & 2018. The band were denied the opportunity to seal a historic hat-trick of British Open titles by the cancellation of the 2020 event.

In May 2019, the band became European Brass Band Champions for the 7th time.

In October, 2019, the band became the National Brass Band Champions of Great Britain,[3] for the 9th time.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Homepage - The Cory Band". The Cory Band. Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  2. ^ "Brass band rankings - January 2005". Retrieved 2017-01-20.
  3. ^ "National Championship (Ch section)". 2013. Retrieved 2017-01-20.

External links[edit]

Official website