Cornet player Phillip McCann receives prestigious brass band accolade (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Cornet player Phillip McCann receives prestigious brass band accolade
10:00am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
A former principal cornet player with a world-famous Bradford band has been given one of the most prestigious accolades in the brass-band movement.
Phillip McCann joined Black Dyke Mills Band, Queensbury, at a young age and built up an impressive reputation before leaving to pursue a successful career as a soloist and conductor.
Now he has been awarded the John Henry Iles Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians, descended from an ancient London guild.
The famous cornet soloist and conductor spoke of his delight after hearing he was receiving the 2013 accolade.
Established in 1947 in memory of a former Master of the Worshipful Company, it is awarded annually in recognition of services to the brass-band movement.
Mr McCann, a lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, said: “It’s a great honour.”
In 2003, Mr McCann won the Worshipful Company’s other brass band-related award, the Harry Mortimer Medal, which was given in recognition of services for the teaching of young people within brass bands.
Mr McCann is the only person to win both medals.
Born in Scotland, Mr McCann began his playing career, aged eight, with Kinneil Colliery Band.
He said: “When I started as a youngster in my local band I could never have imagined the experiences I would have through playing the cornet and being involved with brass bands and education,” he said.
Mr McCann has featured on film and TV soundtracks and has performed and conducted around the world.
He will also be featured on BBC Radio Two’s Listen to the Band show on October 23.