Chris Turner



Chris Turner

Chris hails from the Welsh village of Briton Ferry, where he began his musical career playing cornet aged 10 for the local silver brass band and West Glamorgan Music Ensembles.

In 1989 Chris became a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales working his way through the ranks to become Principal Cornet.

After playing for the country's finest bands he decided to diversify and take up the trumpet. It was his trumpet playing that led to him moving to London where he took up a coveted place at the Trinity College of Music under Norman Burgess. Whilst at Trinity College of Music Chris was the winner of the Phillip Jones Brass Ensemble Prize twice and the John Burden Soloist Prize.

He completed his musical studies as a postgraduate at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama under Paul Cosh, John Miller and Anne McAneney.

After completing his studies Chris held many prestigious trumpet and cornet positions including playing for the Halle, Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC Concert Orchestras, before moving to New Zealand to play for The Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra and Dalewool Band.

Since 2000 he has returned to his brass band roots, playing Co-principal Cornet for the Black Dyke Band, Soprano Cornet for the Brighouse and Rastrick Band, where he has enjoyed much success including winning the National Brass Band Championships.

In 2003 Chris felt the calling of the green green grass of home and is thrilled to be playing with the Cory Bandon Assistant Solo Cornet Chris has won many major contests including the Nationals, British Open, European as well as the World Championships. Chris's biggest musical ambition is to win the Grand Slam of Brass Band Contests which means holding the British Open, National and European Championships all at the same time.

Chris works in Gwent Music Support Service as a Peripatetic Brass Teacher. As well as teaching for Gwent Music Support service Chris is the Cornet Tutor at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

"It is a great pleasure to play Besson again. The Prestige Cornet BE2028 is a well built cornet which produces a wonderful vibrant cornet sound which has an open feel and strong core throughout the range. The valves are silky smooth and the finish is stunning."