Durham International Brass Festival

Discussion in 'The Auditorium - Concert Details' started by youngblood, Dec 4, 2006.

  1. youngblood

    youngblood Member

    Advance notice!

    We are pleased to give you advance notice that work is underway to develop a new event in the brass calendar. We also wish to invite all bands and brass players to play a part in helping to establish this new and unique event in the international music calendar.

    The Durham INTERNATIONAL Brass Festival (1st -15th July 2007).

    Built from the Durham Brass Festival the event is based around the famous and beautiful World Heritage Site of Durham City, County Durham England.

    We are keen to attract bands and musicians join us for two weeks celebrating the wonder of brass music in all its forms.

    We hope we will be able to announce a wide range of stunning headline events and acts between now and July when the Festival takes place.

    Why is this event unique and what makes it special?

    This event celebrates brass music in all its forms from across the world and in this its first year we will include traditional brass band music, jazz, gypsy brass from Serbia, folk music, classical, contemporary, asian brass band music, Swing, Cuban sol and festival street bands to name a few.

    Traditional Brass will play the key role in the event and there will be two competions within the Festival a Massed Band Concert conducted by Ray Farr, High profile Concerts and The famous and historic Durham Miners Gala will take place within the Festival period.

    The Festival will celebrate the work of the professional and amateur brass player. It is sure to be great fun with two weeks full of top quality music.

    We will also work within local schools, run workshops, hold master-classes, promote concerts both free and paid held inside and in the open air. We will support new talent and new venues and bring brass musicians of different styles together from across world.

    In this its first year we will be welcoming acts from America, Serbia, Norway, Cuba and India as well as bands from across Britain.

    This is an event with something for everyone and for the whole family with bands fronted by MCs and Rap to folk and the very top names in Brass Bands. Even those that did not know they liked brass music will like this! Why not come along and bring your family too!

    As this is the first year that it is to become a major international event we would like your thoughts, ideas and support to help to get it established. You may want to play at the Festival, help us raise its profile, find sponsors, suggest actsor volunteer support in other ways.

    Listening to and not ignoring the opinions of the brass players will help to make it a wonderful event for everyone, musicians and public alike. As this is the events first year we can only pay for the main headline acts and the core events without sponsorship so it should be noted that unfortunately we may not be able to act upon all of the advice given but we hope to act upon some. We will always be pleased to hear your thoughts and keep them in mind when developing the event.

    We also hope to support the growth of a fringe event where bands and individuals can come to Durham enjoy the beutiful City and play at the festival just for the fun of it. We will identify venues and co-ordinate these events and publicise them both nationally and internationally. A limited amount of subsidised accommodation may be available for those wishing to take part.

    Would your band like to perform?
    Would you like to perform?
    Have you an interesting idea to make this festival special?
    Do you know someone who might like to sponsor part of the Festival?
    Do you know a company who would like to be represented at the Festival?
    Would you just like to come and enjoy listening to the bands playing?

    To receive email up to date information on tickets, acts, hotel offers and other special offers and discounts please email rob.guest@durham .gov.uk marking your email subject as Brass-mailing list.

    The festival is run by the Durham Brass Initiative.

    The Durham Brass Initiative are:

    Durham Brass Band Association, Northern Region Brass Band Trust
    Durham University, Jazz Action, Durham County Council, Durham City Arts Durham City Council, Derwentside District Council, Easington District Council Sedgefield Borough Council, Chester-le-Street District Council. The festival supports the work of Brass Band Aid

    Neil Hillier,
    Arts Development Manager
    Rob Guest,
    Music Development Officer

    Adult and Community Services
    Durham County Council
    The Rivergreen Centre
    Aykely Heads
    DH1 5TS
  2. youngblood

    youngblood Member

    Have you seen the new moving BRASS logo!

    I think it is rather Cool and it seems from the comments section of the site so do others! Makes me smile so that can't be bad!

    There seems to be a push to get it downloadable as a screen saver!

    Check it out on www.brassfestival.co.uk

    Interesting site though still being developed.
  3. youngblood

    youngblood Member