Line up announced for Durham brass festival

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DURHAM will host a packed line-up of world class musicians and colourful outdoor performances this summer.

Highlights of this year’s Brass: Durham International Festival have been announced, which will cater for a host of music tastes over 10 days.

As reported in the Echo, British Sea Power will perform at the event which runs from July 11 to July 20.

Other highlights include internationally renowned trumpeter Jon Faddis, the BBC Big Band, a new work by John Kefala-Kerr and the return of the ever-popular Streets of Brass, which sees performers take to Durham’s cobbled streets.

The festival will also see the world premiere of Steamsong, a stunning and unique multimedia opera from the award-winning composer John Kefala-Kerr.

Inspired by the 1938 record-breaking run by the Mallard locomotive, it combines theatrical and vocal performance, projected video, digital sound and live instrumental music.

Meanwhile, Jazz trumpeter extraordinaire Jon Faddis will be joined by the Andy Champion Quintet for one of only three UK dates in 2014. Once described as the “best ever” by mentor Dizzy Gillespie, Faddis evokes the sounds of Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge and Miles Davies.

The internationally acclaimed BBC Big Band will perform its swing favourites at Durham Gala, while the original stars of The Commitments will perform soul classics.

Steve Howell, Durham County Council’s head of culture and sport, said: “The festival has become known not only for offering great music and incredible entertainment, but also a commissioner of new and exciting works and this year is no exception.”

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