County Durham’s annual music festival celebrating the diverse world of brass is back once more as Durham Brass Festival 2018 returns for a ten-day programme of outstanding music with world-renowned artists.
2018’s festival welcomes a celebration of women and brass, exploring brass as a genre at the cutting edge through live looping technology. Festival-goers can also expect the premiere of a new suite inspired by Quentin Blake’s magnificent illustrations for Roald Dahl’s BFG.
Now in its twelfth year of existence, Durham Brass festival is poised to showcase a range of ‘international street bands from France, Spain, the US and Serbia going head to head in parks across the county in this year’s Big Brass Bash, as well as creating a party atmosphere in Durham City during the ever-popular Streets of Brass on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July.’
Opening the festival and paying homage to the women of brass, is a celebration in tribute of the legendary bandleader, Ivy Benson. Her all-female band overcame scepticism and prejudice to become one of the most popular and famous dance bands during the war years and beyond. Original Ivy Benson band member Chrissy Lee brings her dynamic all-female big band featuring many of the UK’s leading female jazz stars to salute Ivy’s pioneering spirit. The performance will also include internet sensation and Swedish Jazz trumpet star Gunhild Carling whose high energy performances and remarkable multi-instrument videos have been viewed millions of times on YouTube. This event will take place on Monday 13th July at 19:00 at Durham’s Gala Theatre. Adult tickets are priced at £18.00 per person and it’s £16.00 for concessions.
Over the years, Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band has established themselves as one of the top-ranked Brass bands in the world. The band has held multiple illustrious titles, from European Champions, National Champions, British Open Champions, BBC Best of Brass Champions to representing England at the World Championships in Holland. The Carlton Main Frickley Colliery will entertain the Gala Theatre on Sunday 22nd July at 19:00. Adult tickets are priced at £18.00 per person and it’s £16.00 for concessions.
“Now in its twelfth year of existence, Durham Brass festival is poised to showcase a range of ‘international street bands from France, Spain, the US and Serbia”
A key feature of Durham Brass Festivals are their free street performances and this year is no exception! Durham’s World Heritage Site City Centre resounds to the sound of Brass with the ever-popular Streets of Brass. Street bands from Spain, Serbia and France will be joined by leading UK bands for two days of high energy and brilliant music making on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July between 11:00 and 17:00. Be sure to check them out whilst walking through the city centre!
For those coming into Durham from outside the city, Park and Ride is available into Durham City Centre: Monday – Saturday, 7am-7pm, and is priced at £2.00 (under 16s free) per day ticket. Buses also run every 10 minutes. Please contact 0191 374 1702 for more information on the matter.
Durham is ‘Totally Brass’ this July and the county’s annual festival of brass is one not to miss. Events often sell out quickly so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Durham Brass Festival 2018 is held between Friday 13th July and Sunday 22nd July and is located across various venues local to the county of Durham. Tickets are sold individually for each event. Ticketed event prices begin at £16.00, however, there are plenty of free events across the city. To find out more information about the festival and to purchase tickets, head over to brassfestival.co.uk.