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Brass at Ushaw 2019

More information will be added closer to the events. Make sure to keep checking back to see more of our exciting brass programme.


Barnard Castle Band

Like all bands from the early or mid 19th century, details of just how these bands were formed are almost impossible to find. What is recorded is that Barnard Castle Subscription Band provided the music at the laying of Whorlton Bridge foundation stone on the 18th of June 1829.

Since then the band has gone through many changes, with the final change coming in 1973 as the band reformed with an influx of young players.

Teesdale Travel Bureau, in 1981, commissioned Goff Richards to write a piece for the band - this “Barnard Castle March” is known and played around the world.

 Andrew Nicholson, who had also been a member of the 1973 band, is the current musical director.

5th May, 7.30pm


Fishburn Band & Piano Soloist Alison Gill

In this unique and exciting concert, one of the region's finest brass bands joins forces with acclaimed professional pianist Alison Gill. Together they will perform Sunderland-born composer's evocative Piano Concertante for piano and brass band. Written in 1966, whilst a student at the Royal Academy of Music in London, it was the first major work to be written for this combination. The Concertante is unashamedly romantic in idiom and is cast in three movements: Prelude, Nocturne and Rondo. 

The concert will also showcase music by eminent American composer George Gershwin, romantic pianist and composer Enrique Granados as well as a performance of the Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, which includes the famous 'Morning Mood' and 'In the Hall of the Mountain King'. Part of this suite has been specifically transcribed for this concert by Brass at Ushaw's artistic director Steve Robson.

An appealing collaborative concert of high quality music making awaits all who attend.

11th May, 7.30PM

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Bearpark & Esh Colliery Band

Bearpark & Esh Colliery Band can trace its roots back to 1915, but having been disbanded during 2 successive world wars, the band in its present form was established in 1950. 

Based in Esh Winning, the band is proud to keep alive the County Durham Colliery Band tradition by performing both traditional and up to date brass band music across the North East region, whilst supporting music education for local people of all ages and backgrounds.

After several recent awards, the band are proud to have been invited to represent the North of England at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain in Cheltenham later this year. 

8th June, 2.30pm


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