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Durham prepares for Brass festival

Members of Blackhall Youth Band with members of New York Brass Band who have been working together for the Brass Durham Internatinal Festival, with Coun. Neil Foster Durham County Council, (3rd left)

Members of Blackhall Youth Band with members of New York Brass Band who have been working together for the Brass Durham Internatinal Festival, with Coun. Neil Foster Durham County Council, (3rd left)

STREET musicians are fine-tuning their instruments for a celebration of sound.

Brass: Durham International Festival returns next month with innovative new commissions, a line-up of live music and free family events.

Among the musicians taking part are New York Brass Band and Blackhall Youth Band, who will be working together during this year’s festival.

They’ll be performing on July 13 at Castle Eden Village Hall as part of the festival’s Community Tour, which sees bands playing in village halls and community centres across Durham.

This year’s event will also include three world premieres – indie rock band British Sea Power’s Sea of Brass on July 17 at Gala Theatre, Steamsong, a multimedia opera from John Kefala Kerr inspired by the locomotive Mallard’s record breaking run, on July 12 and 13 at Gala Theatre and Fractal Sparks, featuring visual effects accompanied by music from Jo Hamilton and a brass-inspired performance from indie band Lanterns On The Lake with the Durham County Youth Big Band on July 18 at Durham Cathedral.

For more details on the festival, visit www.brassfestival.co.uk.

 

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