Festival is pure brass

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COUNTY Durham will be blowing its own trumpet when it hosts this year’s Brass festival.

Such is the success of Brass: Durham International Festival, it manages to attract some of the finest brass musicians from across the world to the region for a colourful celebration of the art form.

This year’s musical bonanza, will run from July 1-17 and will see hundreds of talented performers descend on the festival’s 24 locations and the festival hub at Durham City’s Gala Theatre.

Neil Hillier, Durham County Council’s strategic manager of heritage and culture, said: “Brass has always been a wonderful vehicle to highlight the cultural merits of County Durham and an opportunity to champion the magical qualities of brass music.

“The festival enables us to gather an outstanding array of talented musicians, who endeavour to bring the streets and concert halls of the region to life with their flair and energy. Brass can leave a lasting legacy with its educational values and entertainment wow factor.”

While attracting top musicians to the region, Brass, now in its 50th year, maintains its desire to push the need for entertainment and education – giving people the chance to sample the joys of both playing and listening to music.

One of the education programmes will feature a selection of County Durham’s finest young musicians, when members of Durham Music Service will forge a collaboration with top U.S. live band, The Soul Rebels Brass Band.

Meanwhile, Streets of Brass always proves to be one of the festival highlights, as musicians perform on Durham City’s historic cobbled streets.