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It’s summer, and it’s time for cornets. The Durham BRASS Festival returns for the tenth time from Thursday 14th until Sunday 17th July, bursting with every colour under the sun, but mainly a kind of shiny off-gold. The final line-up of acts is being released piecemeal so keep an eye on their website, but incredibly excitingly the hard funking Hot 8 Brass Band lead the brasstraveganza. Currently on an extensive tour of the UK these lads from New Orleans WILL have Gala Theatre jumping on Friday 15th.

The Fairey Brass Band also venture to Gala Theatre (Sunday 17th) as they take popular acid house tunes and convert them into intense brass pieces, instantly doubling their chances of new fans, smart!  It’s not all about dancing though, as an ambitious project entitled Durham Hymns will be premiered on Saturday 16th. Featuring a 60 strong brass band, a choir and poetry from poet laureate Carol Anne Duffy set in the cavernous Durham Cathedral, this celebration of the lives of Durham soldiers promises to be both fascinating and emotional.

Of course, the brasstastic shenanigans are also all about the boogie – don’t miss the BRASS Speakeasy at Durham Town Hall on the opening night, with a 1920s themed dancehall event; the ever-reliable Streets of Brass (Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th) will bring funky beats to every corner of the city plus there will be a brass-off between the New York Brass Band (not that NY) and Oompah Brass.

So, slide down and get envalved (little brass joke there). With more to come, and a number of outdoor events scheduled, this is going to be a brasst (blast, sorry).

Durham BRASS Festival takes place across various venues from Thursday 14th until Sunday 17th July.


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