Sunday Bandstand 25 July 2021

Sunday Bandstand 25 July 2021

Chris Wormald is an arranger, composer, conductor, horn player, pianist, and adjudicator from Lancashire in England. He has played the French Horn professionally for over 30 years in many UK orchestras, the highlight being with the Philharmonia at The Barbican in London, and he was a multiple award-winning comprehensive secondary school music as a teacher for 34 years in England, becoming 2001 Classic FM Music Teacher of The Year at a major ceremony in London.

Chris has over one hundred published brass and wind band arrangements worldwide, many of them recorded by Black Dyke, Cory and Brighouse & Rastrick brass bands and many more brass and wind bands around the world. He also has over one hundred national and international adjudications to his credit, ranging from the Muse Wind Band Festival in Singapore to multiple Swiss, French, and English National Brass Band Championships.

As a teenage Tenor Horn player, Chris was a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain together with Nicholas Childs, Steven Mead, and many leading figures in the brass band world today and played with the NYBBGB under Harry Mortimer at Belle Vue in 1978.

Following his studies at university in 1983, Chris has conducted brass and wind bands professionally, he has also performed, toured, adjudicated and worked all over the world. Highlights include conducting in North Carolina, USA, Brighouse & Rastrick Band at Leek Arts Festival, Grimethorpe in concerts from Reading Town Hall to South Wales and being Musical Director of Wingates Band following on from Howard Snell. He guest conducted Black Dyke Band in both 2018 and 2019 performing his own arrangements.

Chris joined James Shepherd Versatile Brass as a French Horn soloist for five years in 1990, the year he was also appointed to Smithills School in Bolton as Director of Music. Chris quickly formed his internationally renowned Smithills Senior Brass, Symphonic Wind and Big bands and over the next twenty years of competition together they won over sixty, major national and international competitions including becoming inaugural World Brass Band Champions in Kerkrade, Holland in 2005 (WMC Adult, 3rd Section) and winning sixteen National Festival of Music For Youth titles at the Royal Festival Hall in London and Symphony Hall in Birmingham with his Symphonic Wind Band and Senior Brass Band.

Chris conducted his Smithills musicians all over the World on over twenty sell-out concert tours abroad, from Norway to New Zealand and Japan to five concert tours of America in addition to eight times at the Royal Albert Hall in London before he retired from teaching in 2015 to work full time as a freelance conductor, horn player, pianist, arranger, and adjudicator. He is thrilled and honoured to have his arrangements published by Obrasso.

We are featuring two of Christopher's arrangements on this week's show..

Playlist 25 July 2021 

Recording Details 

Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010
Olympic Fanfare and Theme - John Williams arr. Peter Graham Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag (Norway) MD: Ray Farr - 1999  'Masters Brass Vol. 10' - CD Polyphonic  QPRL 201D - 1999
The Present Age - Leslie Condon  Croydon Citadel Band BM: Iain Parkhouse - 2002   'A Celebration of the Music of Leslie Condon' - CD - SP&S CD 157 - 2002
Spartacus Adagio - Khachaturian  Cornet Soloist Kevin Jarrett MBE with the National Band of (New Zealand) - Date Not Known  'From a Private Double CD produced by Kevin's family after his passing in 2015' - Video Systems Wanganui. 
Rise - Martin Cordner  Melbourne Staff Band of the Salvation Army (Australia) BM: Ken Waterworth - 2019  'Rise' - CD - MSBCD51 - 2019
I'm Still Standing - Elton John & Bernie Taupin arr. Christopher Wormald  Cory Band MD: Dr. Robert Childs - 2012  'The Way We Were' - CD - Obrasso Recording  CD946 - 2012
Concert Piece for Cornet - James Curnow Cornet Soloist Richard Marshall with the Black Dyke Band MD: Dr. Nicholas Childs - 2007  'Eminence' - CD - Doyen recording DOY CD230 - 2007
Wine Women and Song Op 333 - Johann Strauss ll arr.  Aubrey Winter   GUS Band MD: Stanley Boddington - 1972  'The World Champions Play Marches and Waltzes' - Vinyl - Columbia ‎ Studio 2 Stereo ‎– TWO 364 - 1972
The Good Old Way - Bruce Broughton  Tavistock Chester-Le-Street Riverside Band MD: Ian Robinson 2005  'Championship Brass from the Riverside' - CD - Westbank and AMC Recording TBRD05 - 2005
The Waltonian - J.J.Richards Brisbane Excelsior (Australia) Band MD: Howard Taylor - 2005  'The Champions Brisbane Excelsior Band' - CD - Accent Music Production - 2005
The Thievish Magpie - Gioachino Rossini arr. Denis Wright Foden's Band MD:  Russell Gray - 2002  'Overtures' - Egon Recording SFZ CD109 - 2002
Come What May the love theme from Moulin Rouge - David Baerwald arr. Adam Taylor Cornet Soloist Jim Hayes with the Co-operative Funeralcare Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2012  'A Second from Midnight Jim  Hayes is Jonny Midnight' - CD - World of sound Recording WOS 051CD - 2013
Phantom of the Opera - Selection: Prologue. Overture / Masquerade / Think of Me / Angel of Music / The Phantom of the Opera / The Music of the Night / Prima Donna / All I Ask of You / Masquerade (Reprise) / Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again / The Point of No Return - Andrew Lloyd Webber arr. Christopher Wormald Black Dyke Band MD: Professor Nicholas Childs - 2014  'Forever Shining' - CD - Obrasso Recording CD954 - 2014
Just As I Am - Wilfred Heaton New Zealand Community Trusts Woolston Band (New Zealand) MD: David Gallaher - 2004  '2004 Festival of Brass' - DCD - Muso's Media - 2004
Ice Cream and Soda Pop - Bill Geldard Trombone Soloists Malcolm Sargeant, Richard Walker and Stuart Clark with the Foss Dyke Band MD: Walter Ritchie - 2001  'Fanfare from Foss Dyke' - CD - DeciBel Beverley DBCD010528 - 2001
First-Light - Ben Hollings  Cornet Soloist Kirsty Abbotts with the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band MD: Phillip McCann - 2015  'A Search for Peace' - CD - WOS 086
Midway March - John Williams arr. Darrol Barry Alder Valley Brass MD: Roger Burke - 2011  'Milestone' - CD - Alder Valley Brass CD001 - 2011
The Gael  (Last Of The Mohicans) - Dougie Maclean arr. Andrew Duncan  Kirkintilloch Band MD: Frank Renton - 2010  'Summon the Heroes' - CD - Egon Recording sfzCD102 - 2010
Russian & Ludmilla - Overture - Glinka Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Nicholas Childs - 2001   'Bridgewater Live - Great Northern Brass Arts Festival' - Egon Recording sfz CD106 - 2001
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010

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