Chris Wormald



Chris Wormald

Now 50 years of age, Chris Wormald began professional adjudication in 1991 and has been a long time member of both the National Association of Brass Band Adjudicators (A.B.B.A.) and National Association of Brass Band Conductors (N.A.B.B.C.). June 2012 will see the third time in its seven year history that Chris has adjudicated the English National Brass Band Championships having judged at the Lowry (2006) & Preston Guildhall (2008) and his extensive adjudications have included the Scottish Open (2004 & 2008), Grand Shield Senior Cup and Senior Trophy, Brass In Concert, National Brass Band Finals in Harrogate, Yorkshire, North West, Midlands, Scottish and London Area Contests, Muse Festival (Singapore), National Eisteddfod of Wales, Pilkington's/Wilkinson Northern Open, Pontins, Carnegie Trust, NWCBBA 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 has been an Assistant Headteacher at Smithills School in Bolton since 2003 and prior to that was Director of Music at Smithills from 1990, the year he also joined James Shepherd Versatile Brass. He is formerly a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and was conducted by Harry Mortimer at Belle Vue in 1978. Upon successfully completing postgraduate 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. In 1998 Chris conducted Wingates at the All England Masters and British Open, where he was presented with the Mortimer Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians on stage at Symphony Hall in Birmingham. He has conducted Brighouse & Rastrick, Grimethorpe, Leyland and numerous championship section bands in concert and rehearsal and as Musical Director has amassed numerous contest victories, concert highlights, broadcasts and CD recordings. Chris formed his internationally renowned Smithills School Senior Brass Band in 1991, since when they have won over fifty major national and international competitions together. He has conducted Smithills all over the World, from Norway to New Zealand and Japan to the USA (three concert tours) in addition to eight times at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Chris flew out with the band to North Carolina again in July 2012. 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 continues to play professionally with major UK orchestras in 2012. He is to record the Richard Strauss 'Ein Heldenleben' on CD at Media City in Salford with Bolton Symphony Orchestra in March 2012.

In 2001 Chris was named Classic FM Music Teacher of The Year at a lavish ceremony in London, since when he has won both the Brian Hicks Memorial and Gerald Taylor Awards for continued outstanding dedication to music education and to brass bands in particular. His arrangements continue to be published by Wright & Round, Studio Music and, since 2007, exclusively by Obrasso (Switzerland).