• 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.
Our friends at Sydenham Salvation Army church have asked us to promote their 'Last Night of the Proms' concert featuring the corps band with guest vocalist Liz Boyd and compere Colin Boyd.
The concert is on Saturday 29th September 2018, starting at 7pm in the Salvation Army church on Station Road in east Belfast. Proceeds are in aid of the work of The Salvation Army; tickets are £6 and available from Andrew Pentland (07821411937) or Callum Dickson (07590845393).
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 will be held in Arklow, County Wicklow on Saturday 6th October 2018 where we are the gusets of Arklow Shipping Silver Band. Also featured will be Crinniú who performed with us in St. Mark's, Dundela in Belfast on 13th April 2018 and the well known British brass band conductor Derek Broadbent.
- Saturday 6th October 2018 at 7.00pm in St. Saviour's Church, Arklow, County Wicklow. Festival Brass with Arklow Shipping Silver Band, Crinniú, Naoimh Penston, John Bonner, Derek Broadbent and MC Paul Sharkey. Tickets are €10 and available from Arklow Shipping or Crinniú members. Also available at the door on the night.
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Festival Brass performing during their 2016 Stage and Screen concert.