27 June – Youngbrass, NCEM, Walmgate, York, 7.30pm
28 June – Swingbrass, Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Road, York, 8.00pm
29 June – Brassed On York, Parliament Street, York, 9.45am-4.15pm
Eighty young musicians from Norway and York will open this year’s Brassed On York Festival in a joint concert showcasing the wealth of youthful talent emerging from brass bands.
Youngbrass, the title of the concert at the National Centre For Early Music in Walmgate, York, takes place on Thursday 27 June at 7.30pm and features a performances by a leading Norwegian youth brass band from Hasle Skole Musikkorps in Oslo and York’s own Shepherd Group Youth Band, based at Portakabin in Huntington. Each band will perform their own programme of music as well as coming together to play some joint items.
Ungdomsbrassen (pictured left), a band of 42 youngsters aged between 12 and 19, is the product of a brass-band musical education programme at Hasle Primary School in eastern Oslo under the guidance of Music Director Sissel Larsen. Children begin learning brass and percussion instruments from the age of seven or eight and progress through a system of bands, with the Youth Band (Ungdomsbrassen) being the highest level. Many of the students continue playing in the band when they go on to secondary and further education and the band has recently contested in the premiere league in the Norwegian Championships for school brass bands.
Shepherd Group’s Youth Band (below) is conducted by Craig Brown and grew out of the popular and well-attended Shepherd Group Beginners Band, which teaches children (and adults) to play brass instruments. The Beginners Band became so successful that the Youth Band was formed to progress the keen young players. It is York’s only dedicated Youth Brass Band and has quickly established a reputation for playing entertaining and high quality music.
The Brassed On Festival 2013 continues on Friday 28 June at 8.00pm with ‘Swingbrass’, a laid-back, cabaret-style evening of Big-Band music and jazz at Clements Hall in Nunthorpe Road, York, featuring the York Big Band Initiative under the baton of well-known York musician Ian Chalk (trumpet player in York party band Huge and a regular on the York jazz scene). The York Big Band Initiative is run by York Music Service and is a modern, adult Big Band for developing musicians and has a strong brass line up of trumpets, trombones and saxophones, further extending the ‘brass’ theme of our festival. The evening winds up with a spot of late-night ‘free jazz’ by trumpet player Phil Hanson and his band H2.
The main event and highlight of the Brassed On York festival is the brass-band showcase, taking place this year in York’s Parliament Street on Saturday 29 June. All eight of York’s brass bands, from beginners up to Championship level, will perform individual concerts, with the programme commencing at 9.45am and continuing until 4.15pm. Bands taking part are Shepherd Group Beginners Band, Shepherd Group Youth Band, Shepherd Group Concert Brass Band, Shepherd Group Brass Band, York RI Golden Rail Development Band, York RI Golden Rail Band, York Railway Institute Band and Ebor Brass.
Tubarama, the Tuba World Record Challenge, which was originally due to take place on Sunday 30 June at York Racecourse, has now been postponed until 2014 at the earliest.
Brassed On York Ltd, a small, not-for-profit company, is the promoter of the festival. The company is delighted to announce that it has again secured sponsorship from the North Yorkshire Committee of The Co-operative Membership, which supported the original Brassed On York festival in 2010 in the Museum Gardens and last year’s York 800 Proms in the Gardens, a highly successful concert in the Mystery Plays Theatre performed by Shepherd Group Brass Band and York Railway Institute Band, which raised £4000 for the Lord Mayor of York’s charities.
The festival is also being supported by Co-operative Funeralcare.
‘We are very grateful to the Co-operative Membership for their continued support for our festival, which has a fundamentally co-operative theme at its heart – both locally, on the Saturday, and now internationally, too!’ said Brassed On York director Kate Lock.
Tickets for Youngbrass cost £5 for adults and £2.50 for children and will be on sale on the door at the NCEM. To reserve tickets, email email@example.com
Tickets for Swingbrass cost £5 and are available from Alison@yorkmusicservice.co.uk as well as on the door at Clements Hall.
For more information, go to www.brassedon.org or telephone 07792 633984
Notes for Editors
1. Brassed On York began in May 2010 as a three-day festival, including a massed bands performance of the music from the film Brassed Off in York’s Museum Gardens and free workshops for children by members of the Grimethorpe Colliery Band (which played the fictional Grimley Colliery Band in Brassed Off). You can view a film of the festival highlights here. Brassed On York also produced a promotional film for the 2010 festival, available to view here.
2. Brassed On York Ltd is run by Kate Lock, Bruce Jackson and Terry Suthers, all members of the York RI Golden Rail Band. The company was set up to raise the profile of brass bands and encourage participation and recruitment into them, particularly by young people.
3. More about Hasle Skole Musikkorps here and a YouTube film of Hasle Skole Musikkorps contesting here (play starts 4 mins in)
Shepherd Group Youth Band: contact Craig Brown, MD
York Big Band Initiative: contact Ian Chalk, MD
Shepherd Group Brass Bands
York Railway Institute Band
York RI Golden Rail Band (and Development Band)