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Friday 30 August, 2019

The organisers of the Brass in Concert Festival, to be held at Sage Gateshead on the weekend of 16-17 November, have named David Kinross as their new Interim Chairman following their recent AGM. He succeeds John Woods, who leaves the organising team after more than a decade, the last two years of which were as Chairman. 

Having served on the management team at the last two championships, David Kinross returns after a short sabbatical and is optimistic about the contest’s future, commenting: “The board would like to thank John Woods for his input over recent years. The banding community is seeing some positive winds of change at the moment and we want to play our part in continuing to drive improvements in innovation, learning and outside perception of brass bands. We are very confident that the Brass in Concert board now has the attributes required to drive the event forward in a progressive and collegiate way.” 

He continued: “Having been involved several times at the contest as both player and administrator, I’m keen to improve the experience of players and conductors when they perform at Sage Gateshead, which will ultimately benefit the many audience members who visit annually from all around the banding world, many of whom see Brass in Concert as one of the highlights of their year. Also joining the board at this time is Friary Band Chairman, Nigel Stevens, who brings a wealth of banding and business experience to Brass in Concert and will take the lead on all financial and commercial matters. Nigel and the existing members of the management team will continue to introduce new, robust processes to make sure that the event’s future is secure for many years to come. All in all, we feel the future is very bright for the leading brass entertainment contest and we look forward to presenting yet another successful event in November.” 

The Brass in Concert Festival, presented in association with Yamaha, Banks Group and British Bandsman, will take place at Sage Gateshead over the weekend of 16-17 November, with the Saturday events including the second staging of the Youth Brass in Concert Championships, performances by elementary players, international visitors and a masterclass by tuba soloist, Ross Knight. These will be followed by an evening gala concert featuring Brighouse and Rastrick Band and euphonium virtuoso, David Childs. The following day will see Cory Band defend its title at the 43rd Brass in Concert Championship against 11 other leading bands from the UK and the continent of Europe. 


Youth Brass in Concert Entertainment Championship Saturday 16 November Prices: £12 and £6 (concessions) 

Gala Concert Saturday 16 November Brighouse & Rastrick and David Childs Prices: £27, £18 and £10 

43rd Brass in Concert Championship Sunday 17 November Prices: £33, £25 and £15. 

Booking fees will apply. 

Available from Sage Gateshead Ticket Office on 0191 443 4661 or online at