Durham Brass Initiative presents: Durham Brass Festival 2006 Full steam ahead for Durham Brass Festival 2006 This weekend [Sunday 18 June, 11am] the Noel Dennis Quartet will play a free concert at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon as part of the Durham Brass Festival. The dynamic local quartet will be laying down their own tracks during a performance that will be made extra special due to the inspiring heritage backdrop of the stunning museum. Noel Dennis plays flugelhorn and trumpet and is an experienced stalwart of the North East-based Voice of the North Jazz Orchestra - who recently celebrated their 10th anniversary. The Quartet will entertain the crowds with Miles Davis classics, original compositions and other jazz favourites - creating a great sound featuring piano (Adam Dennis), double bass (Andy Champion) and drums (Kel Dennis). "We are very excited about this gig and are truly in support of the Durham Brass Festival. It makes an amazing contribution to music and is an excellent forum to hear an eclectic repertoire of music from brass bands through to jazz," said Noel Dennis. The Durham Brass Festival - organised by the Durham Brass Initiative - is in its second full weekend of concerts as it aims to deliver a creative, entertaining, informative and powerful mix of events. Durham City Arts is the lead member of the Durham Brass Initiative that prides itself with responding to the needs of professional and amateur musicians in a region known for its rich tradition of brass band playing and music making. Durham Brass Festival 2006 is supported by: Arts Council England, North East; City of Durham; Durham County Council; Derwentside District Council; District of Easington; JazzAction; Northern Regional Brass Band Trust; PRS Foundation - For New Music; Sedgefield Borough Council and Wear Valley District Council. ====================================================== Other concerts taking place over the next few days include: Friday 16 June - WHITE RIVER BRASS with Consett Junior Brass and Consett Junior School Band, 7.30pm - Tickets: £5.00 / £4.00 (concs) Empire Theatre Consett (Box Office: The Empire Theatre 01207 218 171) Youth meets experience when festival favourites White River Brass join forces once again with Consett Junior Brass and the children from Consett Junior School brass band - to perform a lively and popular selection of brass music. The concert will feature the premiere of two compositions by Norman Bearcroft, Northern Relations and Northern Lights, which were specially written and arranged for Consett Junior Brass. Saturday 17 June - BRIGHOUSE & RASTRICK BRASS BAND with an evening of Brass Classics, 7.30pm. Tickets: £10 / £5 (concs) / £3 students / £1 under 18’s. Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham (Box-office: 0191 332 4041) A stunning night of music from one of the world’s leading brass bands. The Brighouse and Rastrick Band have won every title a brass band can win, including the National, All England Masters, British Open and European titles. The festival is delighted to welcome them back as part of Musicon - Durham University’s contemporary music series. The show’s programme comprises of: Comedy Overture: John Ireland Cornet Concerto: Dennis Wright. Soloist: Alan Morrison Kenilworth: Arthur Bliss Ragtimes and Habaneras: Henze Werner Henze Bone Idyll: Derek Bourgeois with soloist - James Stockdale Harrison’s Dream: Peter Graham Sunday 18 June - Houghton Area Youth Band, free, 2.30pm - on the grounds of the DLI Museum & Durham Art Gallery. ====================================================== The Noel Dennis Quartet concert takes place on Sunday 18 June commencing at 11am and admission is free. 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 runs on until 30 July - go on try a bit of Brass and never look back! Venue address: Locomotion, Soho Cottages, Hackworth Close, Shildon, Durham, DL4 1PQ.