Top Brass: Young Easington and Seaham pupils hit the right note at Durham festival

Children from Easington Colliery primary performing at their school as part of the Brass Festival.

Children from Easington Colliery primary performing at their school as part of the Brass Festival.

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A CELEBRATION hit the top notes as it brought together hundreds of young musicians.

Brasstonbury was held across two stages at Easington Colliery Primary School, where pupils tuned up alongside others from Seaham Trinity Primary and Easington Academy.

The event, the first of its kind, was part of Brass: Durham International Festival, which saw a wind band, brass band, East Durham Samba Band, East Durham District Orchestra and East Durham Guitar Group play for the crowds.

About 300 children took part in the series of shows.

Stalls were set up in the grounds and food served to the audience by the school’s cafe.

Italian group Bandakadabra, which is taking part in the wider brass festival activities, also joined in the fun.

Vicky Bates, assistant head of services and area co-ordinator for East Durham Schools with Durham Music Service, helped organise the event.

She said: “Easington Colliery and Seaham Trinity had never played together before and quite a lot of them have only just started, so a lot of parents were able to hear them for the first time.

“It’s the first time we’ve ever done anything like this. It was a fantastic success and went really well.

“What was really nice was all the different groups which came together.

“A lot of people participated and it was really informal, so parents could grab a cup of tea and a bacon buttie and sit and enjoy the music.

“There was a really good atmosphere.”

The Music Service is supported by Durham County Council and Arts Council England.

For festival details, visit www.brassfestival.co.uk.