The Cory Band is recognised as one of Wales’s finest and most innovative music ensembles. The band made history in 2016 by becoming the first band to be Quadruple Champions – simultaneously holding the National, Open, European and Brass in Concert titles. However, the band has a long and illustrious history. Formed in 1884, it originally bore the name ‘Ton Temperance’ until 1895 when Sir Clifford Cory, the local colliery owner, offered the band financial assistance, resulting in the band’s change of name to Cory.
Since 2012 the band has been conducted by Philip Harper, it has won other European, National and Brass in Concert titles and toured Australia and the USA. The band is dedicated to new music, raising the profile of the brass band genre and keeping music alive in Wales. It has an active commissioning policy and is also passionate about education, and the Cory Academy was established in 2013. It is, in effect, Cory Band’s outreach programme, and there are now 15 local member bands for which Cory Band provides tuition and advice to young players on a weekly basis, as well as recruiting in local schools.