27 June 2010

Durham International Festival 3-18 July 2010 (UK)

The sun is shining and summer is on its way, this can only mean one thing - BRASS 2010: Durham International Festival is just around the corner.

Saturday 3rd July signals the start of a monster programme of Brass music from Trad to Funk, Classical to Jazz and Afro-beat to Soul… the World Music community is preparing to pack its suitcase and head to one of Europe’s only festivals dedicated to the much loved sound of Brass.
Festival organisers [Durham County Council] have dug deep into the roots of Brass to assemble a fresh programme that can move, groove and prove the true power and magnetism of Brass music; and especially emphasise the high quality of British Brass bands playing in Britain today.
“BRASS is gaining a growing global reputation for inspiring a whole new generation of musicians. The festival’s versatility enables talented young amateur players to perform alongside professional musicians at the top of their game. The showcase is keeping the spirit of Brass music alive,” said Neil Hillier, Strategic Manager – Heritage and Culture for Durham County Council.

This year’s festival is pulling no punches as it promises to be a knockout event providing two weeks of the hottest music and performance around. BRASS has it all, BIG names, BIG sounds and BIG aspirations.
Music goers can pack their festival fortnight full to bursting point with music that will entertain, astound and inspire - created by elite performers who’ve been gathered from over 20 countries from around the world including Germany, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, Benin and the UK.
The shows will take place in a variety of venues, large and small across County Durham including The Gala Theatre, Durham Cathedral, Durham Town Hall, Durham University’s Students Union and Passmore's Apollo Pavilion in Peterlee.

The line-up of performances can be experienced right across County Durham from Durham City through to rural village halls. BRASS combines ‘the Best of the Best’ with a crop of up and coming stars of the future, performing concerts, collaborations, residencies and practical workshops.

Go to the festival highlights!

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