Durham Brass Initiative presents... Durham Brass Festival 2006: Reg Vardy Band puts brass in the driving seat for major festival concert Ray Farr will conduct the Reg Vardy Band on Saturday 10th June during what has been described as a "state of the art" brass band concert. The award-winning accomplished Brass Band will play an hour-long performance at Elvet Methodist Church in Durham City - as part of this year's Durham Brass Festival. Saturday evening's performance is the perfect opportunity for people to experience Durham University's current Brass Band in Residence. The Reg Vardy Band concert includes a programme of four pieces of music, three of which are by composers celebrating milestone birthdays. The first piece is by Malcolm Arnold (celebrating his 85th Birthday) entitled "English Dances"; the second is a Euphonium Concerto by Joseph Horovitz (celebrating his 80th birthday) - the soloist on this piece will be euphonium star Paul Robinson; thirdly the audience can enjoy the atmospheric "Flowers of the Forest" by composer Richard Rodney Bennett (celebrating 70th birthday) based on a beautiful Scottish folk song; and finally the Reg Vardy Band will be joined by a String Quartet from Durham University who will play a new piece composed by Martyn Harry - Head of Composition at Durham University that has been inspired by an American rap artist. The piece is called "Thugs Mansion". "This state-of-the-art concert will deliver moments of real beauty and inspiration - providing the Durham Brass Festival audience with a wide range of musical expression," explains Ray Farr, Conductor of the Reg Vardy Band. The Durham Brass Festival is a Durham Brass Initiative project of which Durham City Arts are a lead member - the Initiative 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 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 Reg Vardy Band concert will take place at Elvet Methodist Church in Durham City on Saturday 10th June commencing at 7.30pm - tickets are priced at £5 / £3 (concs) these are available on the door. 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 (The Festival is taking place through out June and July finishing on 30 July). Venue address: Elvet Methodist Church, Old Elvet, Durham. ENDS Media Contact: Garry Smith - Strictly Press Office: +44 (0) 191 2892809 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org =========================== Notes to Editor: 1). Durham City Arts is the lead member of the Durham Brass Initiative - the consortium comprises of: Durham City Arts, JazzAction, Durham County Council - Adult and Community Services - Culture and Leisure, Northern Regional Brass Band Trust, 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. Durham City Arts address: 2, The Cottages, Fowlers Yard, Durham, DH1 3RA.