Richard Davies



Richard Davies

Richard started playing at the age of 7 with the Aberaman Original Silver Band and then at the age of 9 moved to Llwydcoed Silver Band. In 1985 he joined the Cory Band and in 1990 he left to join Cwmaman Institute Silver Band and became their Principal Cornetist. During his period with Cwmaman Band he was the main driving force behind their successful rise from the 4th Section to the Championship Section. During his early years he was also Principal Cornet of the Mid Glamorgan Youth Brass Band and also a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales.
In 2003 he returned to the Cory Band on Solo Cornet, he moved to Repiano 2005 where he has remained since. Richard considers the current cornet section at Cory to be, "One of the most formidable cornet sections in the brass banding world."

During his time with Cory he has greatly contributed to the Band's many contest successes and he has been involved in: 3 European titles, 2 British Opens, 1 World Championship, 1 Brass in Concert Championship and 5 Welsh Regional Championship titles.

Richard left school at the age of 16 and went to work in Local Government where he is currently a Principal Officer in the Corporate Finance section. He is a professionally qualified Accounting Technician and also holds a professional Trainers qualification.
His most memorable performance Cory was winning the British Open playing Titan's Progress where his solo contribution played a significant part in securing the title that day.

Richard's boyhood hero and most inspirational person in banding is James Shepherd. "I adored his technique and sound, each time I practiced I tried to emulate him. I also enjoy listening to the playing of Wynton Marsalis, Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong. Other influential people in my career have to be my parents, my very sympathetic wife Clare, Dr Robert Childs and also the late Cynan Jones who was an amazing teacher and confidant during my years at Cwmaman."

Richard's ambition is to win the National Finals in London and he would also relish the opportunity to record a solo album with the Cory Band.

As for the new Besson Prestige cornet, he says' "In all the years I've been playing cornet, I honestly believe that this is the best instrument I've played. The workmanship and build of the instrument is very high class from the mechanics down to the finishing, the instrument is exceptionally free blowing and effortless through all registers, and, produces a very sweet and centered sound that you would expect from a Besson cornet."

Richard has recently taken up fly fishing and hopes to catch a fish one day.