Born in 1961, Chris Wormald was awarded The Mortimer Medal in 1998 from The Worshipful Company of Musicians at the British Open in Birmingham Symphony Hall and was named 2001 Classic FM Music Teacher of The Year at a lavish ceremony in London, presented by Humphrey Burton.
He has been a long time member for many decades of both the National Association of Brass Band Adjudicators and Brass Band Conductors Association and has won numerous contests, competitions, festivals and awards as conductor, horn player, pianist, teacher and arranger.
Now into his fourth decade as a professional adjudicator, Chris has over one hundred such adjudications to his credit all over the World since 1991, with the emphasis on Championship Section and international contests since 2004.
These include multiple Switzerland and the French National Championships, three English National Championships, two Scottish Opens, Brass In Concert, Grand Shield (Senior Cup and Senior Trophy), Singapore Muse Festival, BBL (Northern Ireland), National Eisteddfod of Wales, Scottish Borders, Carnegie Trust, the National Brass Band Finals (Sections 1-4), multiple London, Midlands, Scottish, South West, North West and Yorkshire Area contests, Preston Guildhall, Buxton, Pontins, Wilkinson Northern Open, Weston-Super-Mare, Durham Association, Leicestershire Association, Easingwold, Skipton, Fleetwood, Ebbw Vale, Hardraw Scar, Minsthorpe, Morley, Rhyl, annually on Whit Friday (Greenfield since 2015) and British Open Solo & Quartet Championships.
Chris appeared numerous times in the 2020 BAFTA-winning Sky Arts television programme about the Whit Friday march contests in which he was not only studio interviewed but filmed preparing his adjudication paperwork.
Chris has conducted brass bands professionally since 1983. Particular highlights include conducting Brighouse & Rastrick at the 1994 Leek Arts Festival, following Howard Snell as MD of Wingates (1998-2000), conducting Grimethorpe in concerts from Reading Town Hall to South Wales in 2007 whilst the band was National Champions of Great Britain and conducting Black Dyke Band in concert performing his own arrangements in both 2018 and 2019.
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 major 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 horn player, conductor, pianist and arranger.
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 on CD by Cory, Black Dyke, Brighouse & Rastrick and leading bands with soloists ranging from Tom Hutchinson and Zoe Lovatt-Cooper to David Thornton.
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.