Durham Brass Initiative presents… All things Brass! Durham Brass Festival 2006 [4th June – 16th July] The programme highlights will include: White River Brass; Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band; Reg Vardy Brass Band; Fishburn Brass Band; Gerry Richardson Trio; Voice of the North Jazz Orchestra (10th anniversary celebration); Noel Dennis Quartet and Jaipur Kawa Brass Band (Durham Miners’ Gala). --------------------------------------- The sound and feel of Brass Band music is renowned for its ability to capture the moment and to deliver a wonderfully emotional experience from traditional playing through to the more contemporary programmes of work. The secret and beauty of ‘Brass’ is the endless level of passion, devotion and commitment that is generated by both the musicians and the listener. It manages to grow and develop in stature but still keeps its industrial heritage roots at the same time as picking up the next generation of new, young and enthusiastic Brass followers. Brass is the kind of music that can be heard in concert halls around the world - as once Brass is in your mind, body and soul... you’re hooked for life. The Durham Brass Initiative has pulled out all of the stops to ensure the sixth Durham Brass Festival is as creative, entertaining, informative and powerful as ever. There will be concerts, showcases, competitions and workshops that will spotlight the versatility of Brass. The whole county will come together symbolising an open window to the world of Brass Band music – the tantalising programme provides a healthy balance of free events and paying concerts. The festival is putting into the musical melting pot a variety a different styles including: traditional, contemporary, jazz and will be seasoned with a hint of international flare. The festival has something for all Brass enthusiasts; everything kicks off on Sunday 4th June with Picnic in the Park (DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery) and runs through until Sunday 16th July. The Durham Brass Festival is a Durham Brass Initiative project. Durham City Arts is the lead member of the Durham Brass Initiative that looks to respond to the needs of professional and amateur musicians in a region known for its rich tradition of brass band playing and music making. “The Durham Brass Festival keeps going from strength to strength – showing how the region has a great appetite for quality brass music. The continual audience and artist support underlines the important position the event now holds in the annual cultural calendar,” said Alison Lister, Festivals Co-ordinator for Durham City Arts. Durham Brass Festival 2006 is supported by: Arts Council England, North East; City of Durham; Durham County Council; Derwentside District Council; District of Easington; JazzAction; Northern Regional Brass Band Trust; PRS Foundation - For New Music; Sedgefield Borough Council and Wear Valley District Council. =============================================== Some Durham Brass Festival 2006 Hightlights: Sunday 11 June, 12noon. Tickets: £4.00 / £2.00 (concs.) / £1.00 (under 18s) COUNTY DURHAM YOUTH BIG BAND with STEVE WATERMAN Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham – (0191) 3324041. This showcase event is an opportunity to catch some of Durham’s finest young players. The County Big Band under the direction of Shaune Eland has been honing the skills of young musicians for ten years. The Big Band has an outstanding reputation and recently took part in Free Range Music, a workshop programme supported by Youth Music and Durham Brass Initiative. The organisers were so impressed with the quality and creativity shown in these workshops that they commissioned the virtuoso jazz trumpeter Steve Waterman to write and rehearse a new piece specifically for the band. --------------------------------------- Sunday 11 June, 7.30pm. (Tickets: £8.00 / £6.00 (concs.) / £1.00 (under 18s) VOICE OF THE NORTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA: CELEBRATION CONCERT Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham – (0191) 3324041. Voice of the North is celebrating ten incredibly successful years. Made up of the region’s finest professional and semi-professional jazz musicians, this contemporary jazz orchestra has amassed an impressive list of collaborators from among the very best of British soloists and composers. To celebrate its birthday, Durham Brass Festival and JazzAction have commissioned Up Against It, a new suite written specially for the band from trumpeter Steve Waterman. Durham Brass Festival has also commissioned Turning Back the Clock, a new piece in three movements from trombonist Mark Nightingale. Both musicians will be playing with the band and both will be featured in each other’s piece. Since its inception the musical director of Voice of the North has been the acclaimed Canadian composer John Warren. Special Ticket Offer: come to see both the County Youth Band & Voice of the North shows and pay just £10. --------------------------------------- Saturday 17 June, 7.30pm. Tickets: £10 / £5 (concs) / £3 students / £1 under 18’s BRIGHOUSE & RASTRICK BRASS BAND with an evening of Brass Classics Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham (Box-office: 0191 332 4041). A stunning night of music from one of the world’s leading brass bands. The Brighouse and Rastrick Band have won every title a brass band can win, including the National, All England Masters, British Open and European titles. The festival is delighted to welcome them back as part of Musicon - Durham University’s contemporary music series. The show’s programme comprises of: Comedy Overture - John Ireland; Cornet Concerto - Dennis Wright / Soloist: Alan Morrison; Kenilworth - Arthur Bliss; Ragtimes and Habaneras - Henze Werner Henze; Bone Idyll - Derek Bourgeois with soloist - Jonathan Pippen; and Harrison’s Dream - Peter Graham. --------------------------------------- Sunday 18 June, 1pm (Free) NOEL DENNIS QUARTET Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon In the inspiring setting of this heritage museum a dynamic local quartet will be laying down their own tracks. Noel Dennis plays flugelhorn and trumpet and is a stalwart of the Voice of the North Jazz Orchestra. His band featuring, pano, double bass and drums, will be playing a mixture of jazz standards and original compositions. --------------------------------------- Saturday 24 June, 7.30 pm. Tickets: £14 / £12 (concs.) ANDY PRIOR: Big Band Crazy Empire Theatre, Consett - Box office: (01207) 218 171. Hot on the heels of his own television series, “Andy Prior’s Big Band Show” (ITV Granada) - Andy Prior makes a welcome return to UK theatres. Andy is proud to be able to boast that the TV shows were the first big band shows to be shown on British television in over 30 years and he is now hitting the road with a marvellous 15-piece big band playing classics from the repertoires of Count Basie, Nelson Riddle, Glen Miller and Duke Ellington. --------------------------------------- Saturday 24 June, 6pm. Tickets: £10 / £5 (concs) / £3 (students) / £1 (under 18’s) MASSED BAND CONCERT (With guest vocalist: Natalie Farr) Palace Green, Durham City (Tickets available by calling 0191 332 4041) This exciting concert combing the skills of two of our most popular bands, the Reg Vardy Brass Band and Fishburn Brass Band, under the direction of conductor Ray Farr, will take place in a marquee in front of Durham Cathedral. The programme will include the premiere of a specially commissioned Festival Fanfare and Three Quayside Portraits - a new piece by Tom Glendinning also specially commissioned by the Festival. =============================================== The Durham Brass Festival always puts considerable emphasis on premiering and commissioning new work and this year has seen the creation of five new works including a special Festival Fanfare that will premiere at a concert in front of Durham’s historic Cathedral with the Reg Vardy Brass Band and FishburnBrass Band. It’s hoped the fanfare will become a familiar part of the festival’s programme, reinterpreted by all our bands. This year Durham Brass Festival audiences will be in for a treat as the spectacular Jaipur Kawa Brass Band (8 July) will be playing at the annual DurhamMiners' Gala. Theband will play with amazing energy and humour both on stage and in a moving parade, the ten musicians in this unique musical feast represent the soulof contemporary India - an absolute ‘must see’ for all music fans. In a region blessed with rich cultural and industrial heritage this year’s Durham Brass Festival promises to be a memorable occasion for 2006 – with some of the Brass scene’s leading movers and shakers performing in Durham. For further details about the Durham Brass Festival please call Durham City Arts on (0191) 3750763 or to see a full programme of events please visit www.brassfestival.co.uk (this website will be going live in the build up to the Festival). Go on, try Brass and never look back!