Belfast Telegraph

Brass band leader conducts 1,000-mile charity bike ride

by Fiona Rutherford

A brass band leader from east Belfast is embarking on an epic 1,000-mile scooter ride to raise funds for Salvation Army charity projects.

Classic motorbike enthusiast Jonathan Corry (28) expects to reach a giddy speed of 30mph on his vintage NSU Quickly moped as he travels from John O'Groats to Land’s End.

Jonathan began his odyssey on Saturday, July 31 and plans to arrive on Friday, August 13, having stopped off to conduct several brass bands en route.

Jonathan grew up in Belfast Temple Salvation Army and is currently on a career break from the South Eastern Education and Library Board where he was brass tutor to schools in the Armagh and Newry area.

He is raising vital funds for two worthy charities — Action Africa, a support group for The Salvation Army's Chikankata Hospital in Zambia, and Riders for Health, a charity which provides reliable transport (including mopeds) to support rural health care projects across Africa.

Jonathan, a professional trumpet player, developed his love for music at Belfast Temple Salvation Army where he first learned to play the cornet as a young child.

Today he is the youngest bandmaster of the renowned Enfield Citadel Band of The Salvation Army in London and works as brass co-ordinator for Brent Music Service, providing instrumental tuition to pupils in the London borough of Brent.

He still maintains his ties with home with guest appearances with The Ulster Orchestra, is a member of brass quintet Artemis which plays for local BBC Song's of Praise broadcasts, and has recently returned from conducting at a week-long rehearsal of the National Youth Band of Ireland in Limerick.

Speaking before beginning his trek, Jonathan said: “I had my own NSU Quickly when I was a teenager and I'm looking forward to riding the 1955 model, kindly sponsored by Roger Worton, NSU Quickly Spares, from one end of the country to the other.

“The fact I get to visit several brass bands along the route makes it even more exciting and challenging, while the money I raise will make a big difference to my two chosen charities.”

For more information on Jonathan's epic journey, visit

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