Durham gets brassed on for annual music spectacular

German Trombone Vibration, by Rich Kenworthy
German Trombone Vibration, by Rich Kenworthy
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A music festival has been hitting all the right notes.

The streets of Durham rang out with the sound of music as the annual BRASS Festival spectacular took over the city.

DJ Steve Lamacq at Alternative BRASS photo by Rich Kenworthy

DJ Steve Lamacq at Alternative BRASS photo by Rich Kenworthy

BRASS 2015 offered four days of every kind of brass music – from traditional to funk– with performers coming from Spain, Portugal, Germany and Sicily, joining exponents from all over the UK for the free celebration of the genre.

The bands include Hackney Colliery Band, Hope and Social, New York Brass Band, Land of the Giants, Renegade Brass Band, Trans-Siberian March Band, Booka Brass Band, KIOKO and Les Traine-Savates.

The event, which started on Thursday, saw performances across the city every day and, for the first time, saw an official fringe event, by Durham arts collective Empty Shop.

New York rockers Fun Lovin’ Criminals – famed for their smooth blend of funk, soul and rock – performed at the city’s Gala Theatre on Friday night as part of the festival.

Dunedin Consort at Durham Cathedral 4 photo Richard Kenworthy

Dunedin Consort at Durham Cathedral 4 photo Richard Kenworthy

Kate James, festivals and events manager for Durham County Council, said: “We’ve had four jam-packed days of every kind of brass music, fantastic audiences, dancing, laughing and singing along. It’s been a great year.”

“Over 250 musicians and performers from 13 countries played 29 shows across the festival. It’s created a real buzz in the city and been enjoyed by thousands of people across the week.”

“Streets of BRASS is always a great weekend, but this year we had a full house of our favourite bands from around the world entertaining crowds on Framwellgate Bridge, Millennium Place, the Market Square and other gathering points around the city centre.

“All these bands really know how to play to the crowd and soon had everyone, young and old, clapping and dancing along.”

Fanfarai entertain the crowds in Millenium Place Streets of BRASS photo by Rich Kenworthy

Fanfarai entertain the crowds in Millenium Place Streets of BRASS photo by Rich Kenworthy

To read a review of Fun Lovin’ Criminals at Durham Gala click here

Xaral's Dixie entertain crowds in Market Place photo by Rich Kenworthy

Xaral's Dixie entertain crowds in Market Place photo by Rich Kenworthy

Hope and Social and New York Brass Band

Hope and Social and New York Brass Band