Published Jun 15th, 2021
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Following 15 months like no other, the magical sound of brass is to return to the stage in July for a major festival of music.

In what is the first event of its kind since lockdown restrictions were imposed in March 2020, some of the most famous names in the brass band world will perform in front of a live audience in the plush surroundings of the Victoria Theatre in Halifax.

The event, on Saturday, July 3, will be live streamed around the world and will see Black Dyke, Brighouse and Rastrick, Carlton Main Frickley Colliery, Fairey and Wingates bands all taking to the concert platform.

Each band will include a major work with which it enjoys a proud association. Black Dyke will play John McCabe’s masterful Cloudcatcher Fells, Brighouse performs Dances and Arias by Edward Gregson and Carlton Main opts for Eric Ball’s classic Sunset Rhapsody. Meanwhile, Fairey will delight audiences with Le Carnaval Romain and Wingates will raise the curtain on the festival by reprising its 1975 British Open triumph with a rare performance of Fireworks, Elgar Howarth’s seminal work. The narrator will be Richard Evans, who conducted the band in that winning performance.

Audiences will be treated to a recital from Tom Hutchinson, principal cornet player of the number one ranked band in the world, Cory Band. Also performing will be the JSVB Legacy Band, celebrating the legacy of the renowned ensemble, James Shepherd Versatile Brass. Comprising leading brass and percussion musicians, the ensemble will perform a thrilling programme which is sure to leave audiences spellbound.

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