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