(Note: The following was split from a post by tMP member Strictly8) Please find below the concerts taking place over the next few days as part of the Durham Brass Festival 2006. Saturday 10 June- REG VARDY BAND 7.30pm. Tickets: £5 / £3 (concs) Elvet Methodist Church, Old Elvet, Durham - Ticket number: (0191) 334 3140 Durham University’s current Brass Band in residence, their programme will reflect the “state of the art” band music and includes a new work by Martyn Harry for Brass Band & String Quartet. The programme will include - Euphonium Concerto by Joseph Horovitz, music by Richard Rodney Bennett and by Malcolm Arnold. ======================================= Sunday 11 June - COUNTY DURHAM YOUTH BIG BAND with STEVE WATERMAN 12noon. Tickets: £4.00 / £2.00 (concs.) / £1.00 (under 18s) 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 - VOICE OF THE NORTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA: CELEBRATION CONCERT - featuring Mark Nightingale and Steve Waterman 7.30pm. (Tickets: £8.00 / £6.00 (concs.) / £1.00 (under 18s) 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. ======================================= Sunday 11 June - BROUGHTONS BRASS BAND, 2pm – 4pm (free) Horden Welfare Park, Park Road, Horden Broughtons Brass Band is one of Easington District’s leading bands and they will be launching a summer season of monthly brass concerts on the park’s beautifully renovated bandstand. Come and enjoy award-winning music in a prize-winning setting. Playing in support today will be the Blackhall Youth Band, founded in 2003. For further details contact the District of Easington Arts Unit on (0191) 527 0501 ext. 4738.