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• In 1995 Alan Corry was asked to provide music for a concert in aid of Tor Bank Special School, Dundonald, to raise funds for the school and also raise public awareness of the school's role in the community. Alan made contact with a number of friends from various brass bands in the greater Belfast area and in September 1995 a group of approximately thirty amateur musicians performed for the first time as "Festival Brass", with Alan as their conductor.
The concert, originally intended to be a one off performance, was a resounding success and a number of requests were received for Festival Brass to perform again. The members, encouraged by the success of this venture, decided to continue for the benefit of those in need. The band has raised funds in excess of £200k for various charities.

• Festival Brass now perform on average six times a year, and have shared the stage with many well known artists such as West End stars Jeff Leyton (Les Misérables), Joanna Ampil (Les Misérables), Alex Sharpe (Miss Saigon), Carmen Cusack and our very own Peter Corry.
Concert on the 12th May 2018

• Festival Brass have also performed at music festivals in Spain on a number of occasions, as well as on a Mediterranean Sea cruise.

Future concerts

Some of the concerts for 2018 are detailed below and on our events page. We look forward to meeting our friends who regularly attend our concerts, as well as some new friends.

The next event to feature Festival Brass is the 15th Annual Concert by The Clare Chorale, with compere Gene Fitzpatrick, in the Theatre at The Mill, Mossley Mill. The Clare Chorale are a mixed voice choir from Ballyclare. Their conductor is mezzo-soprano Sheelagh Greer and their accompanist is Darren Day.

  • Saturday 12th May 2018 at 7.45pm in the Theatre at the Mill, Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey. 15th Annual Concert by the Clare Chorale, with Festival Brass and compere Gene Fitzpatrick. Tickets are £15 online here or by phone on 028 9034 0202.

Concert announcement

Festival Brass are pleased to announce that the concert at 1st Lisburn Prebyterian church that was cancelled will now take place on Saturday 9th June 2018 starting at 7.30pm. Admission is free but tickets are available from Festival Brass to post by phoning 07980 306425. More details about this concert are avaiable on our events page .

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Festival Brass performing during their 2016 Stage and Screen concert.

Stage & Screen 2016


Please keep a close check on this section for the latest information on upcoming events throughout the year. The section will be updated with as much information as possible as and when it becomes available.


Within this gallery you will find a small selection of low resolution images from various events the band has taken part in.
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