Our first festival was on 1-3 May 2010 and featured a brass-band showcase on the first day, followed by a massed bands performance of the music from Brassed Off on the second day, with around 90 brass musicians all playing together. Both events took place in York’s Museum Gardens. For the third day we went to the NCEM (National Centre for Early Music) in York, where we held masterclasses for young players with professionals from top brass band Grimethorpe, followed by a special performance by all of the young players from York’s bands, who put on a concert entitled ‘A Young Person’s Guide to the Brass Band’.
You can see a documentary film made by York amateur filmmaker Anna Bialkowska of the entire Brassed On York 2010 festival here.
We also made a promotional film with professional filmmaker Paul Richardson of Parashoots. You can view the film here.
Brassed On York 2010 was put on by a group of brass musicians from all of York’s bands working together, headed by Festival Director Kate Lock of the York RI Golden Rail Band. Kate was supported by Mike England and Bruce Jackson, also of the Golden Rail Band. The two musical directors were Gordon Eddison of the York Railway Institute Band (massed bands) and Mike Pratt of Shepherd Group Concert Band (Young Persons Guide to the Brass Band, pictured below).
There was no Brassed On York festival in 2011, but in 2012 Kate was approached by the City of York Council with a request to repeat the festival as part of a year-long programme of events to mark York 800. With the help of the council, this was organised for the weekend of Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July 2012, again at the Museum Gardens.
Another massed bands event, Proms in the Gardens, was organised for 20 August 2012 as part of the York 800 celebrations. This was a ticketed event at the Mystery Plays Theatre in the Museum Gardens. It raised £4000 for the Lord Mayor of York’s charities and was broadcast on BBC Radio York.