brass largeMulti-award winning entertainers are returning to the North East to perform as part of BRASS Festival’s 10th anniversary celebrations.

Nine time Great British national champions, and winners of the BBC’s Best of Brass and Granada’s Band of the Year titles, the Fairey Brass Band are one of the world’s “most accomplished and distinguished” musical groups.

Cllr Neil Foster, cabinet member for economic regeneration, arts and culture at Durham County Council, which develops and delivers the annual celebration of the county’s musical traditions, said: “For fans of brass music The Fairey Brass Band need no introduction and we are delighted that they are coming back to Durham for an afternoon concert at the Gala Theatre.

“BRASS is a fantastic event for both the city and the county, attracting tens of thousands of visitors to the area and bringing hundreds of thousands of pounds into the local economy.

“The festival has a well-deserved reputation and by continuing to attract top local, national and international talent like this we can build on the success of previous years, showcasing the very best music from around the world.”

On the final day of this year’s BRASS which, with support from Arts Council England’s National Portfolio, runs from July 11 to 17, the Fairey Band will perform an afternoon concert at 3pm at the Gala Theatre.

The Fairey Brass Band was founded in 1937 by a group of employees at the Fairey Aviation Works in Stockport. The group can boast an unrivalled set of results at the British Open, having been crowned Champions 16 times – more than anyone else.

They have also been the National Champions of Great Britain nine times, enjoyed victories at the European Championships, the All England Masters and the English Nationals, and recently provided much of the background music for BBC2’s Great Pottery Throw Down.

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