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Philip Harper became Musical Director of the world-famous Cory Band in 2012. Within 18 months he had steered the band back to the Number One World Rank by winning three of the four major titles in the brass band calendar: the National, the European, and Brass in Concert (with a runner-up prize in the other, the British Open!) as well as receiving media awards for the band's CD recordings, and plaudits for the concert tour of Australia. Philip won the coveted Conductor of the Year Award for 2013, voted for by 10,000 readers of the website 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.

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Ian Clowes