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Friday 22 May, 2020

Fans of one of the world’s renowned bands are being given the opportunity to learn from some of its star players, thanks to its latest digital innovation.

The Cory Band is preparing to present a virtual brass day on Saturday, May 30, which is due to feature a packed programme of online masterclasses, performances, challenges, tips and tricks on playing.

Leading the event will be course director Philip Harper, assisted by tutors Tom Hutchinson (cornets), Ailsa Russell (horns), Glyn Williams (euphoniums and baritones), Chris Thomas (trombones) and Simon Howell (tubas).

Speaking to British Bandsman, Philip Harper said: “Like every other band, Cory Band has been forced into a sudden and complete shutdown of all activity due to the coronavirus pandemic. With the arts looking like it will be one of the last industries to come out of lockdown (especially one which relies primarily on heavy breathing) we realise that we will need to innovate to survive, both through this lockdown period and the new future, whatever it will look like. We have begun to explore ways of performing together through our ongoing distance performance projects, which have been popular and also enabled us to keep connected with our audience.”

Philip continued: “In normal times we would usually carry out many educational projects each year, working with other bands and young players as part of our mission to promote excellence within brass music.

“With no mass gatherings allowed, we have been thinking how we can continue to deliver this aspect of our work, and have developed the idea of a virtual brass day.

“We hope this might prove an attractive offering for participants across the world, and we're looking forward to using these new innovations to help us survive and develop as an organisation.”

In addition to masterclasses, sectionals, Q&As and recitals, Cory will be providing a session on successfully recording one’s playing at home, a skill which has become extremely useful in the current lockdown.

Places are available at an early-bird cost of £50 until May 24. Booking information is available at the Cory Band website.