Chris Ord
Solo Horn
Playing experience
Chris began playing cornet in Ashington Colliery Band at the age of eleven, but soon switched to the more mellow and captivating tones of the tenor horn. Following a family move to Newbiggin, Chris joined the village band, then named Lynemouth Colliery Band (formerly Lynemouth and Newbiggin).

The band were struggling but a focused effort on recruiting young brass players at the local high school revived their fortunes. The band began to compete again and soon became a strong force, winning the North East Area Fourth Section Title in 1986 and 1987 and the National CISWO championship at Blackpool in 1987. The band progressed further and later became Greggs band reaching the Championship Section under the guidance of the legend James Shepherd.

As well as the colliery band, Chris played solo horn for the Hirst Music Centre Band, the Wansbeck Youth Band, and the Northumberland County Wind Band. Youth banding in the region was strong in the 80s and Chris enjoyed notable concert performances, recordings and tours of Edinburgh and Germany. He also picked up the odd soloist and ensemble prizes along the way.

Chris quit playing in 1988 when he went to university. Travel and working abroad meant it wasn’t until his fortieth birthday in 2010 that he took up playing the horn again. He joined the reformed Jayess Newbiggin in 2013 and took over the solo horn seat in 2016.
Favourite piece
Chris loves ‘Procession to the Minster’ and his favourite solo is ‘Sonata for Tenor Horn’ by John Golland.
Worst piece
‘Blitz’ - Chris describes it as ‘a dreadful piece lacking any musicality. It is like an extended Arban exercise on bad acid.’

Favourite banding moment
Winning the Area Championship in 2016 with Jayess was very special, but winning the CISWO National Championship in Blackpool in 1987 just pips it. To win anything at a national level is fantastic and seeing where the band came from in those few years made it all the more an achievement.
Jayess Newbiggin Brass Band Solo Horn