Born in 1961, Chris Wormald was awarded The Mortimer Medal in 1998 from The Worshipful Company of Musicians at the British Open in Symphony Hall, Birmingham and was named 2001 Classic FM Music Teacher of The Year at a lavish ceremony in London. He has been a long time member over decades of both the National Association of Brass Band Adjudicators and National Association of Brass Band Conductors and has won numerous contests, competitions, festivals and awards as conductor, horn player, arranger, pianist and teacher.
Chris has over one hundred adjudications to his credit all over the World since 1991 with the emphasis on Championship Section and national contests since 2004. These include both the Swiss and French National Championships, three English National Championships, National Brass Band Finals, two Scottish Opens, Brass In Concert, Grand Shield (Senior Cup and Senior Trophy), multiple London, North West, Midlands, Scottish, South West and Yorkshire Area contests, Muse Festival (Singapore), Preston Guildhall, Durham Association, Leicestershire Association, BBL (Northern Ireland), Scottish Borders, Buxton, Pontins, Wilkinson Northern Open, Carnegie Trust, Weston-Super-Mare, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Easingwold, Skipton, Fleetwood, Ebbw Vale, Hardraw Scar, Minsthorpe, Morley, Rhyl, annually on Whit Friday (Greenfield since 2015) and the British Open Solo & Quartet Championships.
Chris has conducted brass bands professionally since 1983. Particular highlights include conducting Brighouse & Rastrick at the 1994 Leek Arts Festival, conducting Grimethorpe in concerts from Reading Town Hall to South Wales in 2007 whilst the band was National Champions of Great Britain and being MD of Wingates (1998-2000) following Howard Snell. Chris joined James Shepherd Versatile Brass as horn soloist for five years at the personal invitation of Jim Shepherd in 1990, the year Chris was also appointed to Smithills School having been Head of Brass Instrumental Teaching for Bolton MBC since 1983, during which time he also taught at the RNCM in Manchester. As a teenager Chris was a member of the NYBBGB alongside Ian Bousfield, Nick Childs, Steven Mead and Martin Winter and played with the band under Harry Mortimer at Belle Vue in 1978.
Chris formed his internationally renowned Smithills School Senior Brass Band in 1991 and over the next twenty years of competition, together they won over fifty major national and international competitions including becoming inaugural World Brass Band Champions in Kerkrade, Holland in 2005 (Adult, 3rd Section), winning twelve National Festival of Music For Youth titles in just sixteen years at the Royal Festival Hall in London and Symphony Hall in Birmingham including two runs of five consecutive years in that time; a level of national success never achieved by any school before or since. Chris conducted Smithills all over the World on over twenty concert tours abroad, from Norway to New Zealand and Japan to the USA (five concert tours) in addition to eight times at the Royal Albert Hall in London before he retired from teaching in 2015 at the age of 54 after twelve years as an Assistant Headteacher to earn his living as a freelance arranger, conductor, pianist and horn player.
Chris has over one hundred published brass band arrangements worldwide with Obrasso, Kirklees Music, Wright & Round and Studio Music. His Obrasso arrangements continue to be recorded annually on CD by Black Dyke, Cory or Brighouse & Rastrick bands. As an orchestral horn player, Chris made his professional London debut in the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Barbican in 2003 after two decades of freelancing throughout the UK.