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Brass in Concert to embrace audience participation

Wednesday 8 November, 2017

The organisers of the Brass in Concert Festival, which will be held in association with Yamaha, Banks Group and British Bandsman at Sage Gateshead on 18-19 November, have announced that this year’s Championship will feature a special prize to be voted for by audience members at the event using their smartphones. The new Audience Award will be given in addition to the existing prizes, but will not form part of the overall result of the Brass in Concert Championship.

Speaking to BB about the initiative, Brass in Concert Chairman John Woods commented: “We are delighted to announce that the Brass in Concert audience will be able to play a tangible role in the outcome of our event for the very first time. The Audience Award will see a new trophy, donated by former Brass in Concert Chairman Trevor Caffull, and £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, while we will have a helpdesk there for the duration of the event to help get anyone less familiar with the inner workings of a smartphone to make the right connections. We are sure that this will become an important addition to the Brass in Concert weekend and we look forward to as many of our audience members as possible getting involved.”