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Brass Band Festival

The 2020 RNCM Brass Band Festival promises to be one of the most exciting since its inception as the Festival of Brass at BBC Manchester 30 years ago. We welcome world-class soloists – including LSO Principal Trumpet Philip Cobb, tuba virtuoso Les Neish, two of Black Dyke Band’s outstanding soloists Katrina Marzella (baritone horn) and Brett Baker (trombone) – plus six leading UK bands, as well as the Greater Manchester Youth Band, not to mention the RNCM’s outstanding brass students. The Festival is also staging a ground-breaking workshop for female conductors to experience working with a top brass band.

We’ll be celebrating the milestone birthdays of two major creators of brass band repertoire, Edward Gregson (75 in July) and Philip Wilby (70 last year). There will also be world and UK premières from young and more seasoned composers, among them Christopher Gunning – whose work you may have heard on ITV’s Poirot – young artist recitals, panel discussions devoted to repertoire development and gender balance, our trader exhibition, and, we hope, talking points aplenty!

Paul Hindmarsh artistic director

RNCM Brass Band Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of Besson, the Getzen Company, Yamaha, World of Brass, PHM Publishing, the John Golland Trust and the Brass Band Heritage Trust.

Photo credit: Vanessa Adams

Full Weekend Ticket £90 / Students and Under 18s £45
Saturday Day Ticket £46
Sunday Day Ticket £34
To book a full festival ticket, day ticket or to make a group booking please call the RNCM Box Office on 0161 907 5555


In between events, featuring some of the UK’s leading luthiers, bow-makers and retailers. The exhibition will feature stalls from The British Army, Mr Tuba, Trevada Music and World of Brass, plus more to be confirmed on the day.