Durham Brass Festival 2005: Gerry's the king of the castle.

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    Durham Brass Festival 2005 presents:

    Gerry's the king of the castle.


    Tuesday 5 July

    Location: Garter Suite, Lumley Castle, Chester-le-Street

    In its fifth and most challenging year, the Durham Brass Festival – a Durham Brass Initiative project - can celebrate a great achievement of bringing together a superb selection of some of the hottest musical talent around.

    On Tuesday 5 July Lumley Castle will play host to an amazing night of jazz with GERRY RICHARDSON'S BIG IDEA - which sports some of the best musicians in the country including a top brass section.

    Gerry Richardson is one of the few musicians on today's music scene still playing the wondrous Hammond organ, which is recognised as one of the most exciting sounds in jazz.

    People can expect an entertaining night out with a great band playing accessible original material including music with Funk, Samba, Soul, Swing, Gospel and African inspired beats. All under the roof of one of the North East's most impressive historical landmarks - Lumley Castle.

    Gerry Richardson, 54, father of one from Prestwick, comments about being part of the Durham Brass Festival. He says: "Any celebration of music and the coming together of musicians and audiences, gets my vote."

    Jazz, brass, history and the atmosphere of musical expectation - what more do you need? If you've ever wanted to know what two trumpets, one trombone, three saxophones, a guitar, a Hammond organ and a set of drums sounds like inside a castle - then why not come down and experience a night of unbeatable entertainment on Tuesday 5 July with Gerry Richardson's Big Idea.

    Jo-Anne Mason, Arts Officer, Chester-le-Street District Council said: "Chester-le-Street District Council are delighted to be a partner in this year's fantastic Durham Brass Festival which has provided the unique opportunity to be part of an exciting programme of international music being played across County Durham. The people of Chester-le-Street are set to be 'wowed' by Gerry Richardson's Big Idea within the splendid setting of Lumley Castle and is guaranteed to leave people asking for more next year."

    The concert commences at 7.30pm and tickets are priced: full - £5 / concessions - £4 / under 18's - £1.50. Tickets are available from Chester-le-Street Civic Centre, Newcastle Road, DH3 3UT and the Riverside Sports Pavilion, DH3 4SJ.

    Alternatively contact the Arts Development Team at Chester-le-Street District Council on (0191) 388 8211 or e-mail sallydixon@chester-le-street-.gov.uk.

    Another chance to experience Gerry Richardson's Big Idea as part of Durham Brass Festival 2005 will be on Monday 11 July when they visit Locomotion, The National Railway Museum at Shildon - the show commences at 7.30pm.

    The Durham Brass Festival runs through until Thursday 14 July, for a full Durham Brass Festival line-up please visit www.brassfestival.co.uk or call (0191)301 8245.


    Additional Information:

    1). Durham City Arts is the lead member of Durham Brass Initiative - the consortium comprises of: Durham City Arts, Jazzaction, County Durham Cultural Services, Northern Regional Brass Band Trust, Durham City Council, Durham University Music School, Derwentside District Council, District of Easington Council, Chester-le-Street District Council and Sedgefield Borough Council.

    The arts consortium works to support and promote the playing and appreciation of brass music in the North East of England and beyond.

    2). Durham City Arts is the arts development agency for the City of Durham. They initiate arts and cultural projects that reflect local priorities and aim to promote an understanding of, and involvement in, the arts through partnerships, planned activities and grant based schemes.

    3). To find out more about Gerry Richardson please visit - www.gerryrichardson.com.

    Another useful site to visit would be www.jazzaction.co.uk [www.jazzaction.co.uk/bigidea.htm] as Jazzaction 'The Label' produced a new CD by Gerry Richardson's Big Idea entitled "Cookin' at The Cluny".

    Jazzaction 'The Label' is a new promotional record label that has been set up to promote and document the jazz talent in the North East region.

    Jazzaction 'The Label' is part of Jazzaction. Jazzaction was set up in 1986 as a joint initiative between Yorkshire & Humberside Arts and Northern Arts. It is publicly funded, and serves the North East of England. Since its inception it has been run by Eaglescliffe-based Adrian Tilbrook, an experienced and respected musician, who has built up an extensive client and support network across the entire range of jazz and jazz-related music in the region. It has no other staff. Its advisory committee is made up of promoters, musicians and officers of the Regional Arts Boards.

    4). Durham Brass Festival 2005: Here's another concert taking place in the first week of July:

    Wednesday 6 July (7.30pm) - Abram Wilson Sextet - The Concert Room, Durham University Music Department, Palace Green (Durham) and is part of Celebrations and Surprises.

    Ticket Details: Prices - £7.00 / concessions - £5 / students - £3.
    Concert contact: (0191) 332 4041.


    Media Contact:

    Garry Smith

    Strictly Press

    Office: (0191) 2892809
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