TRACK OF THE WEEK

Every week Frank selects his own favourite track of the week from our weekly Music Podcast, and it's completely free here on Frank Renton on Brass.

"Steve Stewart, the soprano cornet player with the Cory Band, is one of the most popular performers in the brass band world. His playing is totally committed, and he wears his heart on his sleeve. When Cory perform I know people who cannot take their eyes off Steve, he’s pure box office.

He was born and brought up in Kirkintilloch, in Dunbartonshire, Scotland, and played for his home town band before heading south to study with Jim Watson at the Royal Academy of Music.  Jim thought so much of Steve’s playing that he made him the soprano cornet with the Desford Colliery Band, which was having great success at the time, and there was a real bond between master and pupil.

After graduation Steve travelled the world playing professionally before Robert Childs invited him to join the Cory Band as Soprano Cornet, and he’s still there, and regularly featured as a soloist.

In 1796 Joseph Haydn composed a Concerto for his friend the Austrian trumpet virtuoso Anton Weidinger (1766-1852), and created one of the most popular works in the repertoire although not often recorded with a brass band accompaniment.

So my Track of the Week this week is a real treat, Steve Stewart accompanied by the Cory band, conducted by Philip Harper, playing the Allegro 3rd Movement of the Concerto in E Flat Major for Trumpet and Orchestra by Joseph Haydn."

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