• 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 2017 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.
Saturday 25th February 2017, at Ballygowan Presbyterian Church, with special guest Peter Corry- 'A Musical Evening' in aid of Kiwoko Hospital, Uganda. Tickets avaiable from Ballygowan Presbtyerian Church Office (028 9752 1096), Wendy (07712 585687) and Festival Brass (07980 306425).
Saturday 10th December 2016, at Glenmachan Church of God, Belfast - 'Festive Brass and Voices'.
This year's annual 'Festive Brass and Voices' concert featured old friends Mairead Healey, Karl McGuckin, Penrhyn School choir and compere Wifie Pyper. With Mairead, Karl and the girls of Penrhyn on sparkling form this proved to be one of the best concerts Festival Brass have performed at recently.
The concert wouldn't have been such a success without the hard work of Wilfie Pyper, accompanist Chris Blake and Geoff Clark Audio Visual. We are of course indebted to the church for allowing us to use their magnificent facilites and church members with their help on the night.
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Festival Brass performing during their latest Stage and Screen concert.