Durham set for annual summer brass festival

Giant Ants outside Durham Gala Theatre to highlight the launch of this year's brass festival in the City. City. Cabinet Menber and County Councillor Neil Foster joins in with the show.
Giant Ants outside Durham Gala Theatre to highlight the launch of this year's brass festival in the City. City. Cabinet Menber and County Councillor Neil Foster joins in with the show.
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A FANFARE has been made to welcome the return of a musical celebration.

This summer will see the sixth annual Brass: Durham International Festival in Durham, with this year’s programme promising to be more diverse than ever.

The celebration will run from Friday, July 6, to Sunday, July 22, and will include street performances, interactive installations and mass events, with community and educational activities.

It is also set to feature a musical game of Chinese whispers, a carnival parade on the River Wear, a bandstand made of paper and an ant orchestra on stilts.

A total of 59 bands will play at 83 events over the course of the festival, which is organised by Durham County Council, which says it aims to recognise the county’s musical heritage and traditions and invites its audiences to consider its past, present and future.

Coun Neil Foster, cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, said: “Brass is so much more than a music festival.

“Over the years it has grown and developed into one of the country’s most ambitious and exciting cultural events and this year’s festival promises to be as spectacular as ever.”

More information about the programme can be found at www.brassfestival.co.uk

l See Monday’s Echo for more information on Brass: Durham International Festival.