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Entertaining Brass Audiences since 1977

Posted on 2 November 2017

It may have been at the heart of the brass band entertainment contest genre for 40 years but the Brass in Concert Festival’s bright lights are showing no signs of dimming any time soon.

The Festival will take place on Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 November. The first day will feature Youth Brass in Concert including Workshops, Taster Sessions, Concerts by Wardle Academy Youth Brass Band, the reigning Youth Entertainment Champions of Great Britain and the Workshop Band and an interactive master class by the internationally acclaimed percussionist Le Yu on the Marimba.

One of the most anticipated events this year is the performance of the European Champions, Eikanger-Bjorsvik Musikklag (Norway) and conductor Reid Gilje on the concourse at 5.00 pm, a precursor to Saturday Evening’s big event with Cory Band, the No. 1 band in the world joining forces with the popular, award -winning male vocal ensemble, Only Men Aloud at 7.00 pm in a programme entitled Brass and Voices @ The Movies.

Book tickets for the Brass in Concert Gala performance on Saturday 18 November here.

Brass in Concert Chairman, John Woods commented “The Saturday programme is the most vibrant we have ever presented and we are very excited about the large number of young players, especially from North East England who have already registered for the Workshops. The Concourse line-up is outstanding , it isn’t every day that anyone gets an opportunity to hear the European Brass Band Champions playing free of charge while the ground breaking event with Cory and Only Men Aloud promises to be an absolute cracker

Less than 12 hours after Only Men Aloud sing their last note along with Cory, 9.00am on Sunday, the one and only Frank Renton will introduce the first of 12 bands in the 2017 Brass in Concert Championship. The contest has seen some great line-ups during its 40 year history, but this year it is arguably the strongest that any entertainment contest has ever boasted. The full draw is:-

1. Flowers (David Childs)
2. Paris Brass Band (Florent Didier)
3. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Erik Janssen)
4. Virtuosi GUS) (Adam Cooke)
5. Fountain City (Dr.Joseph Parisi)
6. Eikanger-Bjorsvik Musikklag Reid Gijle)
7. Cory (Philip Harper)
8. Brighouse and Rastick (Dr. David Thornton)
9. Grimethorpe colliery (Captain Sam Hairsine)
10. Leyland (Thomas Wyss)
11. Foden’s (Dr. Robert Childs)
12. Tredegar (Ian Porthouse).

The participating bands will be competing for 18 prizes, the awards ranging from the best percussion section to the best soloist with performances being recognised for the best New Composition or Arrangement ,the best Performance in Entertainment and Presentation and the band placed Highest in Programme Content.

The Brass in Concert organising team’s determination to provide a higher level of entertainment has been emphasised with the addition of a new Audience Award. The Audience Award will see a new Trophy, donated by former Brass in Concert Chairman, Trevor Caffull, with £1,000 going to the band that the audience members decide gives them most enjoyment on the day. Full instructions on how to take part in this, as well as other social media activities and a day long trivia quiz will be unveiled at Sage Gateshead. A Helpdesk will be located on the Concourse for the duration of the event to help anyone less familiar with the inner workings of a smartphone to make the right connections. The team is confident that this innovation will become an integral addition to the Brass in Concert weekend and looks forward to seeing as many of the audience as possible becoming involved.

By 6.45 pm the results will be known and as always the audience will be informed through the first sound heard from David Bailey, the Northumbrian piper who will signify, as he walks serenely through the hall to the stage, that every outcome is known and ready for BBC Radio 2’s Frank Renton and compere for the day to announce.

The principal sponsors of the contest are Yamaha, the Banks Group and the British Bandsman.

For further information please contact:-
David Bennett, Secretary, The Brass in Concert Championship.
Tel:- 01295 780373

Gala Concert, featuring Cory Band and Only Men Aloud-Brass and Voices @ The Movies
Saturday, the 18th November-7.00 pm-Sage ONE-Prices: £27, £18, £10.

The Brass in Concert Championship
Featuring 12 of the very best bands in the world
Sunday 19 November, 9.00am, Sage One, Prices:-£30, £22, £12.

All other events are FREE of charge.

Book online or give our Ticket Office a call on 0191 443 4661.