Phillip McCann conducts at Swedish Nationals 2013

13816One of the best-known names in the Brass Band world, was born in Bo ‘ness, Scotland, Phillip McCann began his playing career with Kinneil Colliery Band aged eight. He was principal cornet with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain for five years and his long tenure of the same chair at Black Dyke was during the bands world-beating period. His acclaimed series of Chandos CDs – The World ‘s Most Beautiful Melodies – is universally admired; the recordings are featured regularly on BBC Radio and on Classic FM. Other recent broadcast credits have included an interview with Richard Baker ‘s informative Comparing Notes series. Phillip ‘s unique style and tone quality has been used by composers with orchestra for film and TV soundtracks such as Anna of the Five Towns, Woman of Substance and the immensely popular Hetty Wainthropp Investigates – the latter receiving an Ivor Novello Award in the category of Best Music commissioned for a Broadcast Production. Although Phillip ‘s main activities continue to be a soloist and teacher, in recent years he has progressively increased his commitments as a conductor, being the founder of the Sellers International Band. At the All England Masters Championship, 2003 Phillip was the recipient of the Masters ‘ Dedicated Service Award. The same year, in recognition of his prominent position as cornet soloist and band trainer and his resourcefulness in teaching so many brass players of the younger generation, Phillip was also awarded the Mortimer Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians presented at the British Open Championships in Symphony Hall, Birmingham.