Durham brass festival is coming back

Funky Style Brass from France brought their extravagant costumes and showmanship to the Marketplace.'Streets of Brass,  Durham International Festival 2012.
Funky Style Brass from France brought their extravagant costumes and showmanship to the Marketplace.'Streets of Brass, Durham International Festival 2012.
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A FESTIVAL will hit the high notes for a celebration of music, art and street performance.

Brass: Durham International Festival is back to colour the streets of County Durham for a fortnight in July.

Organised by Durham County Council, the annual festival showcases an array of internationally-acclaimed artists, with numerous free and ticketed events.

Not only will Brass celebrate County Durham’s musical history, it seeks to entertain long-standing followers of brass music while bringing the genre to new fans.

On July 6, Streets of Brass kicks the party off, with artists and performers from across the UK.

Among the performers appearing will be UK’s best jazz ensemble The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra; and Hackney Colliery Band, who, with their eclectic mix of Brass, Balkan beats and contemporary hip-hop, are hailed as one of the most exciting live bands in the UK.

Visitors can also enjoy the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, from the movie Brassed Off.

Other highlights include a collaboration between Sunderland’s The Lake Poets and Stanhope Silver Band, plus brass-themed art installations.

Meanwhile, Redhills Miners’ Hall will host special screenings of The Miners’ Hymns and Tony Benn – Will & Testament, on July 19 and 20.

Councillor Neil Foster, cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “Brass is one of the highlights of County Durham’s cultural calendar.

“This exciting, lively festival inspires artists and audiences to look at a much-loved musical tradition in a very different way. 

“Talented musicians and performers from across the world will be playing a wide range of musical styles from classical to funk in theatres, nightclubs, schools and village halls as well as on the streets of the county.

“This year’s event is part of our Year of Culture, which promises to boost the county’s cultural offering and economy with a series of high profile events and activities.”

For tickets and information visit www.Brassfestival.co.uk.