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Glorious sunshine, talented bands and an action-packed programme of concerts, street carnivals and ceilidhs were instrumental to the success of the 12th annual BRASS festival in County Durham.
This year’s theme, Women in Brass, also proved a big hit at the Durham County Council-organised event, shining a spotlight on leading female musicians and inspiring women of all ages to give brass a go.
School workshops gave 13,500 youngsters across the county a taste of how exciting brass music can be. As well as offering children the chance to play instruments, the workshops provided insights into different cultures and challenged preconceptions of brass music.
The Big Brass Bus and Big Brass Bash events spread music and rhythm to towns, villages and parks across the county, while the street festivals attracted crowds thought to be in excess of 17,500 to the county’s high streets.
Festival coups such as a concert by Australian Jazz trumpeter James Morrison and an extraordinary performance by Swedish multi-instrumentalist Gunhild Carling, meanwhile, are sure to be spoken of for years to come.
By the time the ten-day festival was brought to a close with a rousing rendition of Carl Orf’s Carmina Burana in Wharton Park in Durham on Sunday night, it is estimated more than 37,500 people had been reached.