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Brass in Concert reveals 2019 Championship line-up

Posted on 10 June 2019


This year’s line-up for the prestigious Brass in Concert Festival at Sage Gateshead has been announced, with a strong North East presence.

The 43rd Brass in Concert Festival, held in association with Yamaha Banks Group and British Bandsman, will take place on the weekend of 16 and 17 November. It will include the much-anticipated Brass in Concert Championship, the second Youth Brass in Concert Championship and a Classic Brass gala concert featuring Brighouse and Rastrick with euphonium virtuoso David Childs.

This year’s Brass in Concert Championship features three North East Bands including the North of England champions NASUWT Riverside, who are making their Brass in Concert debut. They join the regional champions City of Hull and Reg Vardy, who are making a record 40th appearance.

Dutch contender Brass Band Schoonhoven will make a welcome return while the new French champion, Hautes-de-France will make its debut at Gateshead under Luc Vertommen.

The full line-up is:

Brighouse and Rastrick

Carlton Main Frickley Colliery

City of Hull




Hammonds Saltaire


NASUWT Riverside

Reg Vardy



Brass in Concert Chairman, John Woods, said: “We are delighted that the 43rd Brass in Concert Championship will feature such an excellent line-up. We will be especially pleased to be joined by two outstanding bands from France and the Netherlands as well as European and defending Brass in Concert Champions Cory, 2017 National Champions Brighouse and Rastrick and eight other great bands from the UK.”

Seven youth bands will entertain in the Youth Brass in Concert Championship. The bands, who will compete for a first prize of £1,000, will perform a 20-minute own-choice entertainment set. The band placed second will receive £500 and all other bands will receive £250.

John Woods said: “This event is as much about experience, opportunity, inclusion and education as the battle for awards, but there will no doubt be an electric and colourful atmosphere created by every one of these bands. We look forward to announcing them soon.

“Those fortunate enough to attend last year’s inaugural Youth Brass in Concert Championship will no doubt have been at the front of the queue for tickets this time!”

The weekend’s proceedings will be introduced for the 26th time by the legendary Frank Renton. There will also be tasters and workshops across the two-day festival.

Further announcements regarding the adjudicators and the draw for order of play will be made in the next few weeks.

Tickets for Youth Brass in Concert on Saturday 16 November are £12 and £6 (concessions).

Tickets for World of Brass in Concert featuring Brighouse and Rastrick and David Childs are £27, £18 and £10.

Tickets for the Brass in Concert Championship on Sunday 17 November are £33, £25 and £15.

Available from Sage Gateshead Box Office on 0191 443 4661 or www.sagegateshead.com (booking fees will apply)