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Issue 5961

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John Henry Iles - the man who created a dynasty

Cory in South Wales school collaboration

Saturday 18 March, 2017

As part of a programme of ambitious community objectives, the Cory Band has announced that it has embarked on a collaboratory project with the Rhymney Comprehensive School in South Wales over a 15 week period, which will culminate in a concert at the school.

The project, funded by Arts Council Wales, will see tutors from the world number one band make weekly visits to the school to deliver brass, percussion and composition tuition to students who would otherwise not have any exposure to music in this way. Glyn Williams, Steve Jones and Christopher Bond have already been to the school to start their sessions.

The project was launched at the beginning of March when 60 pupils attended a concert at the Cory bandroom where Musical Director (MD) added an education element by touching upon the history of bands in the region.

Philip Harper commented: “It was great to have so many Year 8 pupils in the bandroom last week and we hope it was a really exciting introduction to this project with Rhymney Comprehensive School. One of our key community objectives is to raise awareness of brass bands locally, and with our expert tutors now in school on a weekly basis, we hope some of our passion for brass will rub off.”

The school has a very famous graduate in the shape of Dan Thomas, now principal euphonium of Black Dyke, and his brother Owen is still a pupil. The closing concert will take place on Thursday 29 June and will be open to the public.