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Born in 1961, Chris Wormald began adjudicating brass band contests professionally in 1991 and he has been a member of both A.B.B.A. and the National Association of Brass Band Conductors (N.A.B.B.C.) since that time. His extensive, top level adjudications have included multiple English National Championships, Swiss National Championships, French National Championships, National Brass Band Finals, Scottish Opens, Grand Shield (Senior Cup and Senior Trophy), Brass In Concert, Yorkshire, North West, Midlands, Scottish and London Area Contests, Muse Festival (Singapore), National Eisteddfod of Wales, Northern Open, Pontins, Carnegie Trust, Preston Guildhall, Durham, Leicestershire and West Midlands Associations, BBL (Northern Ireland), Scottish Borders, Buxton, Ebbw Vale, Easingwold, Skipton, Fleetwood, Leamington, Hardraw Scar, Minsthorpe, Morley, Rhyl, Weston-super-Mare and the British Open Solo & Quartet Championships. Chris was awarded the Mortimer Medal by the Worshipful Company of Musicians in 1998 and named Classic FM Music Teacher of The Year 2001 at lavish ceremonies in London, two of numerous, personal accolades including the Brian Hicks Memorial and Gerald Taylor Award which he received during a 32 year full time teaching career based in Bolton, 26 years of which were spent at Smithills School, where he founded and continues to conduct each and every one of the school’s multiple World and National Champion bands. Chris joined James Shepherd Versatile Brass as French Horn soloist at the personal invitation of Jim Shepherd in 1990, the year he was also appointed to Smithills, and stayed with JSVB for 5 seasons. As an orchestral horn player, Chris made his professional London debut in the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Barbican in 2003 after two decades of freelancing throughout the country and he continues to play professionally with major UK orchestras. Chris is formerly a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain on Tenor Horn and was conducted by Harry Mortimer at Belle Vue in 1978. Having successfully completed university studies, Chris became Head of Brass Instrumental Teaching for Bolton MBC from 1983 to 1990, during which time he also taught at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Chris has conducted Brighouse & Rastrick, Grimethorpe, Leyland, Wingates and numerous championship section bands in concert and rehearsal. He has amassed numerous contest and festival victories, national and international titles, concert highlights, BBC radio and television broadcasts and CD recordings. Chris formed his internationally renowned Smithills School Senior Brass Band in 1991 and together they won over 50 major national and international competitions within 20 years. He has conducted Smithills all over the World, from Norway to New Zealand and Japan to the USA (five tours) in addition to 8 times at the Royal Albert Hall in London, numerous Royal Festival Halls, Birmingham Symphony Halls and Manchester Bridgewater Halls. Chris has over 100 brass band arrangements published by companies such as Wright & Round, Studio Music and, since 2007, Obrasso (Switzerland).
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