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Tuesday 5 May, 2020

The 2020 Brass in Concert festival has been cancelled due to continued uncertainty amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organisers of the prestigious event, which had been due to take place at Sage Gateshead on November 14-15, stated they had “no choice” but to put the festival on hold until 2021. Its cancellation means there will be no Brass in Concert for the first time since before the initial event took place in Darlington in 1977.

David Bennett, Brass in Concert chairman, commented: “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. Because of the COVID-19 crisis and the subsequent loss of regular income, finance is going to be critical for all bands and we hope that making the decision at this time will help some of them in planning their attendance at other major events currently scheduled for later this year.”

David continued: “This is the first year that Brass in Concert will not have been held since the event began in Darlington in 1977 so it is a decision that has not been taken lightly. The organising team investigated every option in attempting to stage the event this year, but with so many elements needing to come together to create a successful event and the countless challenges currently being faced, we ultimately decided that it was in the best interests of all stakeholders to call this year’s Brass in Concert Festival off and focus on making next year’s as successful as possible.”

He concluded: “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 November 20-21, 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.”

Tickets already purchased for the 2020 Brass in Concert Festival will be honoured at the 2021 event or customers may have a refund if desired. Contact the Sage Gateshead Box Office on 0191 443 4661 or email the Box Office for further details.