'Brass - Ancient and Modern' featuring His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts (leader: Jeremy West) and the Reg Vardy Band (conductor: Ray Farr) Saturday 2 June 2007 Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts is a group of virtuoso wind players who specialise in playing early music in authentic styles on original instruments. The noble sound of cornetts and sackbuts was among the most versatile instrumental colours available to composers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It was heard in many musical contexts: in consort or in alternation with voices in the extravagant liturgy of the great Italian and Spanish churches - above all the Basilica of St Mark's in Venice; in aristocratic entertainments such as the intermedii of northern Italy or the masques of Jacobean England; and in the ceremonial and devotional music for the courts and free cities of Lutheran Germany. His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts will perform a programme of baroque music The Reg Vardy Band is the North East’s leading brass band, currently ranked 10th in the world. Previously known as the Ever Ready Band, it has been delighting audiences in Britain and around the world since its foundation in 1910. Reg Vardy Band will perform a contrasting programme of modern music. Tickets: £12.00 (£8.00), Students £3.00, Under 18s £1 Box Office: Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham. Tel: 0191 332 4041 http://www.dur.ac.uk/musicon.concerts/concerts/sagbutts/ Hope to see you there!