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Brass in Concert confirms 40th anniversary events

Sunday 23 October, 2016

The organisers of the Brass in Concert Festival, to be held at Sage Gateshead on the weekend of 19-20 November in association with Yamaha, Banks Group and British Bandsman, have confirmed details of the international events being staged on the Saturday to celebrate the following day’s 40th Championship.

In addition to the established Youth and Education events, the three competing overseas bands will be showcased during the Saturday, with the 2015 US Open Champion Dublin Silver Band kicking off events in the Northern Rock Foundation Hall at 11.00am with a programme celebrating its banding roots. Newly-crowned Dutch Champion Brass Band Schoonhoven will occupy the same venue for a reprise of its highly-entertaining 2014 Coffee Concert at 3.45pm, while the Norwegian visitors of Stavanger Brass Band will perform on the iconic Sage Gateshead Concourse at 5.00pm, with the programme featuring highlights from recent Siddis Brass winning performances. All events will be approximately 45 minutes in duration and free of charge. There will be a limited availability of tickets for the Northern Rock venue so anyone wishing to attend is advised to arrive early.

Speaking on behalf of Brass in Concert, John Woods commented: “This will be a wonderful celebration of 40 years of Brass in Concert. With performances during the day from three very different international groups plus Philip Harper’s Workshop Band and the remarkable Youth Brass 2000, it promises to be an unforgettable day in the history of Brass in Concert. We look forward to welcoming all of our international guests to Sage Gateshead and hope that banding enthusiasts from all over the UK will join us for this very special event.”

Saturday evening’s World of Brass in Concert, the curtain raiser to the 40th Championship, will feature guests soloist James Morrison and Black Dyke Band (Nicholas Childs). The programme will include 633 Squadron (Ron Goodwin), The Final Voyage (Paul Lovatt-Cooper), Sweet Georgia Brown (arr. James Morrison), We’ve Only Just Begun (Roger Nicholls and Paul Williams arr. Bill Geldard), Nobody Does it Better (Marvin Hamlisch arr. Robin Dewhurst), Symphony of Scarlet and Gold (Peter Graham), Enter the Galaxies (Paul Lovatt-Cooper), Hymn to the Fallen (John Williams), Things Ain't What they used to Be (Ellington and Persons arr. James Morrison), What a Wonderful World (Thiele and Weiss arr. Robin Dewhurst), Basin Street Blues (Spencer Williams arr. James Morrison) and To Boldly Go (Peter Graham).

John Woods concluded: “We last saw and heard the ‘Wizard of Oz’ James Morrison at British Bandsman’s 125th Anniversary Concert in 2012 and anyone fortunate to be present in Birmingham that day will recall a phenomenal performance from this remarkable musician. His appearance at Brass in Concert with Black Dyke will see the reuniting of a partnership that has thrilled audiences over the past two decades and the result promises to be as spectacular as ever!”

Tickets for World of Brass in Concert, featuring James Morrison and Black Dyke Band on Saturday 19 November, priced £24.00, £18.00 and £10.00, and the Brass in Concert Championships on Sunday 20 November, priced £30.00, £22.00 and £12.00, are available from the Sage Gateshead Box Office on 0191 443 4661 or www.sagegateshead.com