Brass festival will be a classical act

Red Note will be performing at Brass.
Red Note will be performing at Brass.
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A festival will be hitting the right note with classical music fans.

Brass returns to County Durham this summer, with four days of music from July 16-19.

As well as traditional and contemporary brass music, swing bands, street musicians and art installations, this year’s event will also feature a number of classical performances.

Kicking off this new strand to the festival will be Dunedin Consort, who, under the direction of John Butt, perform Monteverdi’s Vespers at Durham Cathedral on Thursday, July 16.

One of the most-loved choral works of all time, the Vespers is a mixture of choruses, graceful solos and instrumental pieces.

On the same evening, Gala Theatre hosts Play It Again, a unique celebration of jazz, big band and choral music, bringing together the National Youth Chamber Choir, Durham County Youth Choir and Durham Youth County Big Band.

The concert will include a selection of Shakespearean choral pieces and popular jazz standards, as well as Journey’s End by Pete Churchill, a co-commission between Brass and City of London Festival.

On Friday, July 17, Red Note, one of Scotland’s leading contemporary music ensembles, perform Sounding Brass.

It is an evening of established classics and new compositions spanning 500 years, including works by Gabrieli, Dowland, Britten, Harvey and Birtwistle.

His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts, an internationally-renowned group of virtuoso wind players and renaissance and baroque music specialists, bring their sound to Durham with two performances during Brass.

Grand Tour, at Durham Cathedral on Friday, July 17, is the musical story of a 17th century Englishman’s rite-of-passage journey through England, Germany and Spain, finally arriving in Venice.

The piece is full of musical treasures from the likes of Locke, Byrd, Philips, Gabrieli, Palestrina and Scheidt.

For tickets, visit Gala box office, call 03000 266 600 or go online at www.brassfestival.co.uk