Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Medieval City Streets to Reverberate to Sound of Brass; BARBARA HODGSON Previews Durham's Coming BRASS Festival, a Two-Week Feast of Music Turning the City's Streets into a Sea of Colour

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Medieval City Streets to Reverberate to Sound of Brass; BARBARA HODGSON Previews Durham's Coming BRASS Festival, a Two-Week Feast of Music Turning the City's Streets into a Sea of Colour

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Byline: BARBARA HODGSON

PREPARE to have a blast. Next weekend the annual BRASS festival will turn Durham into a vibrant carnival of music and dance.

Musicians from around the world will join local talents in a celebration of all things brass at venues across the city.

BRASS: Durham International Festival 2010 opens on July 3 with 30 events running until July 18 in town halls, schools and churches.

First up in the programme is Streets of Brass which launches the festival with free music from 10am next Saturday - and everyone is invited to join in. So as you wander around the city centre, prepare to take a few minutes out to enjoy the multi-national flavour as some of the world's best players take to streets, squares, bridges and anywhere else it's possible for a band to play.

Streets of Brass will be back the next day from 11am, and will resurface on July 17 in Chester-le-Street and the town centres of Newton Aycliffe and Bishop Auckland.

This year's list of international bands includes France's Le Gros Tube, and Molotow Brass Orkestar from Switzerland plus the intriguinglynamed Always Drinking Marching Band from Spain, and Black Bottom Brass Band from Japan delivering its energetic New Orleans-style sounds.

Among the UK bands taking part are Tongues of Fire, Bollywood Brass Band and Brass Roots.

The festival focuses on the place brass music has in our heritage and how its international language connects many cultures.

Visitors will see musicians and dancers from countries such as Japan, India and Spain and enjoy diverse music stretching boundaries in world music, jazz, soul, gypsy fol and funk as well as traditional brass.

There's a huge range of events, with highlights including the premiere of The Miners' Hymns at Durham Cathedral, a collaboration involving local brass players, American filmmaker Bill Morrison and Icelandic composer Jhann Jhannson in a film and music homage to the region's coal-mining history which has been specially commissioned for BRASS.

Morrison's film, showing in the cathedral on July 15 and 16, celebrates the spirit and fortitude of miners, seen in their homes and dangerous working lives underground. …

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