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Durham’s historic streets will welcome all kinds of brassy fun from Friday 13th-Sunday 22nd July as the ever-wonderful BRASS Festival returns. This year, there’s a real emphasis on women in the brass music world, with several all-female live shows and a masterclass series particular highlights.

The programme is as varied as always and it matters not if you’re a brass music beginner, as there’s lots of accessible and inclusive events. Kicking off with Women and Brass (Friday 13th, Gala Theatre) Chrissy Lee brings a dynamic all-female brass band featuring some of the UK’s leading musicians to honour the pioneering band leader Ivy Benson; Aussie trumpeter James Morrison brings his Quartet to Gala Theatre (Monday 16th), the multi-instrumentalist is a true maverick, don’t miss what’s bound to be a festival highlight; brass-rendered Northern Soul is on offer at Easington Social Welfare Centre (Wednesday 18th) as Northern Soul band Keep The Faith team up with NASUWT Riverside Brass Band for a dance-filled evening; contemporary audiences will find much to enjoy at BRASS Loops (Thursday 19th, Durham Town Hall), which explores the innovative use of live loop techniques by brass musicians; the musical finale will see Streets of BRASS fill the city with music and celebration (Saturday 21st-Sunday 22nd, city centre) and there’s street bands including Northern Monkey Brass Band, Breakout Brass, Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band from New Orleans and many more popping up at a variety of locations across County Durham throughout the festival.

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