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RNCM Brass Band Festival 2018

The RNCM Brass Band Festival is the only place to enjoy all of Britain’s top brass bands in a non-competitive environment. With no fewer than 16 world and UK premières, including music from rising creative stars, and discussions and workshops hosted by Brass Bands England, this year’s Festival promises to be one of the most wide-ranging in its 28-year history.

Six leading brass bands from across the UK will feature alongside three outstanding youth bands – Junior RNCM, Elland Silver Youth and Wardle Academy – as well as outstanding soloists Owen Farr (tenor horn), Glenn Van Looy (euphonium) and Peter Moore (trombone).

With a Festival programme themed around travel on land and by sea, headlining the bill will be two of the country’s leading composers, Paul Mealor and his one-time teacher, John Pickard. On Saturday evening, Black Dyke Band will be joined by the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus for the première performance of Mealor’s Paradise – the first of his works to combine these two forces. On Sunday afternoon, Pickard renews his association with Cory Band in his piece, Rain, Steam, Speed, inspired by J M W Turner’s evocative masterpiece.

The Fairey Band gives a rare performance of Edward Gregson’s Concertante for Piano and Band – one of a handful of piano concertos written for brass band, and you’ll hear works throughout the weekend by Lucy Pankhurst, Daniel Hall, Ludovic Neurohr, Liz Lane and Derek Bourgeois, amongst others. We look forward to welcoming you to share this experience.

Paul Hindmarsh artistic director


Full Price Weekend Ticket £90 (covers admission to all Brass Band Festival events)
Student/Under 18s £45
Saturday Day Ticket £37
Sunday Day Ticket £42

To book a full festival or day ticket please call the RNCM Box Office on 0161 907 5555

Royal Northern College of Music is supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund