Brass in Concert 2020
World of Brass In Concert
Statement from Brass in Concert Chairman, David Bennett
“Planning for the Brass in Concert Festival is a very complex operation for the organising team and Sage Gateshead staff, but for the bands taking part it requires considerably more focus over a long period than many other contests. We have taken the decision to cancel the 2020 Festival with the best interests of these bands uppermost in our minds, but also recognising that attending any events could be very challenging for our loyal audience members in the coming months.
“This is obviously an extremely difficult time for everyone. We send our best wishes to everyone in the world of brass bands and hope that we can welcome as many of our Brass in Concert ‘regulars’ as possible, as well as those new to the event, to Sage Gateshead on the weekend of 20-21 November 2021. We will be working tirelessly until then to ensure that the 2021 Brass in Concert Festival will be a bigger-and better-than-ever celebration of the very best in brass entertainment.”
Please bear with us during this unprecedented period. We will be in touch in due course about your tickets. Thank you for your patience and co-operation. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Tredegar Town (Conductor, Ian Porthouse) and Foden’s (Conductor, Russell Gray) Bands will present an Evening of Classical Brass in Sage One with Guest Soloist, Philip Cobb (Principal Trumpet, London Symphony Orchestra).
Tredegar Town have won the Welsh Championship for the past two years and Foden’s were the winning band at the National Championship of Great Britain in 2018. Both bands will be representing their countries at the European Championship in Palanga, Lithuania later this year.
Philip Cobb is a fourth generation Salvationist and comes from a family that is intrinsically linked with music making. In 2000 Philip gained a place in the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and in the following year became the principal trumpet of the European Youth Orchestra before commencing his studies at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Upon successfully completing his studies, Philip had secured his position in the London Symphony Orchestra. With his busy schedule as a soloist, he has still continues to take an active interest in working with brass bands.
Classic Brass will appeal to brass band enthusiasts of all ages as well as lovers of good music The concert will be compered by the evergreen Frank Renton.