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Durham BRASS will be livening up living rooms across Durham and beyond when the festival moves online this July!

The festival, which was scheduled to take place 10-19 July, had to be cancelled earlier this year due to the Coronavirus outbreak. But fans of Durham’s loudest festival can now enjoy BRASS Online 2020, from Monday 13 to Saturday 18 July. 

The online festival will feature many of BRASS favourites from around the world, including interactive and entertaining workshops hosted by the likes of Spanish amigos Artistas Del Gremio, Mouv ‘n’ Brass from France and the UK’s own Backchat Brass. 

Mr Wilson's second liners perform in Durham City market place

There will also be special lockdown performances from more favourites, including Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, with their unique colour and sound bursting from the screen with some exclusive content for BRASS 2020. 

The festival team has also teamed up with the volunteer-run cinema co-operative Star and Shadow in Newcastle, which set up its own radio station during lockdown. On Monday 13 and  Friday 17 July, from 7pm to 9pm, two special shows will be broadcast via the Star and Shadow and BRASS websites, celebrating the tradition and diversity of brass music and featuring musical clips, interviews and more.

Artistas Del Gremio performing in Durham City

Alongside the workshops and new performances, fans will be able to take a look back at some of the best BRASS moments from over the years, including Durham Hymns, and Durham Music Service who will be delivering a number of tutorials over the course of the festival too. 

To bring the online festival to a close on Saturday 18 July, five of BRASS’s favourite street bands will perform together online, with a backdrop of footage from previous years.

Back Chat Brass band performing in Durham City

To view the full details for BRASS Online festival 2020 click here > 

Monday 13 July 

  • 12pm Durham Music Service tutorial
  • 1pm Mr Wilson's Second Liners workshop 
  • 6pm Mr Wilson's Second Liners performance 
  • 6.30pm The Stories of their Banners performance 
  • 7pm Brass Unbound radio show 

Tuesday 14 July 

  • 12pm Durham Music Service tutorial 
  • 12pm Old Dirty Brasstards performance
  • 1pm Artistas Del Gremio Workshop
  • 6pm Winter North Atlantic: Drifts & Panels (2011 archive) 

Wednesday 15 July 

  • 12pm Durham Music Service tutorial 
  • 1pm Bandakadabra workshop
  • 2pm Durham Music Service performance 
  • 6pm Witness (2012 archive) 

Thursday 16 July 

  • 12pm Durham Music Service tutorial 
  • 1pm Backchat Brass workshop
  • 5pm Break Out Brass (archive)
  • 5.30pm Mr Wilson's Second Liners video premiere
  • 6pm Steamsong (2014 archive) 

Friday 17 July 

  • 12pm Durham Music Service tutorial 
  • 1pm Mouv 'n' Brass workshop 
  • 5pm Mr Wilson's Second Liners performance
  • 6pm Durham Hymns (2016 archive)
  • 7pm BRASS Unbound radio show 

Saturday 18 July 

  • 4pm Dancehall Days (archive) 
  • 5pm The Best of BRASS performance 
  • 6pm BRASS Finale 




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