Cinderford Academy are delighted to announce that they will have some very special guests at their IMG SoundSport Show in Lydney, Gloucestershire on Saturday April 8.

Cory from the Rhondda Valley in South Wales, who are officially the best Brass Band in the World, will be making the short journey to the Forest of Dean for what promises to be a day of superb musical entertainment.

The event will commence with a traditional Brass Band contest, aimed at Youth, Training and Unregistered Bands performing a 20 minute concert program. This is followed by the IMG SoundSport show where bands from a wide variety of backgrounds including Mini Corps, Wind Bands and Brass Bands compete head to head in a 7 minute performance, with entertainment and visual effect counting towards the score as well as the music.

At the end of competition Cory will give a special exhibition performance before joining all the bands for a Massed Band, giving the performers the chance to play alongside the reigning British and European Champions.Cinderford Academy conductor Clive Lewis said “We are over the moon that Cory have agreed to attend our IMG SoundSport show. They are the undisputed number one band in the World and have been so for the last ten years! Last year’s contest was a great start but this year’s should be absolutely tremendous.”

Cory Conductor Philip Harper said “We're pleased to be able to support this unique initiative from the Cinderford Band and we are looking forward to entertaining gathered band fans from across the different worlds of banding!”

Participation in the show is open until March 3rd and further information is available from contest secretary Sharon Thomas.