British Sea Power on the bill for Durham Brass Festival

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A COLLABORATION between an indie rock band and a brass band is one of the highlights of this summer’s Durham Brass Festival.

British Sea Power will play a concert with the NASUWT Riverside Band at the Gala Theatre in July.

British Sea Power was formed by Scott Wilkinson, 39, whose father Ronald, 89, was born in Sunderland and who returned to live in Seaburn 10 years ago.

The two bands met for the first time when British Sea Power called into Durham City on their way between concerts in Edinburgh and York.

“We are really looking forward to playing with the brass band,” said Scott. “Some of our songs are being arranged with them in mind.

“Brass has a lot more depth and texture than many people realise.

“I think our fans will recognise our songs, but they will sound a bit different.”

Scott has been working on combining brass with his music for some time.

“We like to try different things,” he said. “I thought about a way of making our music more relevant to the communities in which we play.

“That led me to thinking of brass bands, and the idea went on from there.

“The concert in Durham will be the first time we’ve done this.

“If it goes well, we will be looking to do something similar with other brass bands elsewhere in the country.

“We might record the Durham concert and maybe release some of the material, and there is the possibility of a film.”

The NASUWT Riverside Band is based in Pelton Fell, near Chester-le-Street.

“We like to try different things,” said band leader Tony Thompson.

“Our band has already done pieces based on opera and choral work.

“It the first time we’ve met British Sea Power, and I know we are all looking forward to working with them.”

The Brass Festival runs from July 11 to July 20, and features the usual mix of concerts in venues around the county, street performances and art installations.

Details on the website: or from the Gala box office, tel: 03000 266600.