In a change to Cory Band's advertised programme for Sunday 27 January, Steve Stewart, the band's legendary soprano cornet soloist will now not be performing Daniel Price’s Concerto for soprano cornet. His place will be taken by principal trombone Chris Thomas, who will play Ray Steadman-Allen’s concerto-like suite Immortal Theme, composed in 1962 and rarely performed. Although Steve has made a strong enough recovery from eye surgery to take his place in the band, he does not yet feel back to the peak of form that Dan's virtuoso work demands.
Artistic Director Paul Hindmarsh comments: “I’m really sorry that we will not be hearing Steve play Dan’s piece, especially as it was written with his particular skills in mind and had been a one of the first works to be ‘inked in’ for this festival. However, to have ‘soloist of the year’ Chris Thomas as a replacement is testament to the resourcefulness and quality of this great band.”