Philip Harper



Philip Harper

Philip Harper was appointed Musical Director of the world-famous Cory Band in May 2012. With previous bands, Tongwynlais Temperance Band and Flowers Band, he achieved unprecedented contest success, as well as winning acclaim for his entertaining concert performances.

A resident of Gloucester, Philip is also the Editor of Brass Band World magazine, the Music Editor of the historic Wright and Round publishing company, and in demand as a freelance conductor, educator and adjudicator with brass bands of all levels.

Philip is also a prolific composer and his original works and arrangements are played all over the world. In 2012, Olympus was used in the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, the fifth time his work has been selected. You can find out more detail and listen to audio excerpts at www.philipharper.co.uk.

En route to this point in his life, Philip graduated from the University of Bristol in 1994 before going on to take a Masters Degree in Composition and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education. He had a successful performing career and was the principal tenor horn of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and the Sun Life Band in Bristol, as well as winning through to the Brass Final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 1991. Between 1996 and 1998 he lived in Japan and was a guest soloist with most of the 'British-style' brass bands with whom he still keeps a close connection, visiting annually.