2019 is the 20th anniversary of the first visit by White River Brass to Consett, and this year’s concert will feature three specially commissioned new pieces to mark the occasion.
Themed as ‘Music From The North East’, the programme will include a composition by Stephen Ponsford based on the period 1840-1880, which saw the formation of the Derwent Iron Company, inflows of Irish and Scottish workers and the growth of the town, and the formation (in 1879) of the Consett Corps Salvation Army band, the first in the world.
A new arrangement of traditional folk tunes by Sandy Smith, and a composition written for White River Brass will also receive their premiere.
The evening will feature local brass players of all ages and levels of experience, including children from Consett Junior School band, Consett Brass, and Consett Salvation Army Band who are celebrating their 140th anniversary later in the year, along with the members of White River Brass, who are all principal musicians from the world-renowned Black Dyke Band. The evening concert will form the highlight of a day of rehearsals, workshops and tuition led by members of White River Brass.
Friday 5 July
£6 (£4 concessions)