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RNCM Brass Band Festival 2019

The cast list for the 2019 RNCM Brass Band Festival reads like a ‘who’s who’ of the best that the brass band world has to offer. We have two world class soloists – Ian Bousfield (trombone) and David Childs (euphonium) – seven leading bands including the National Champions, Foden’s Band and The International Staff Band of The Salvation Army, as well as a focus on youth bands and young performers and creators, including Foden’s Youth Band and RNCM’s own outstanding brass bands and ensembles.

The music is from of a roster of distinguished names: we celebrate the 80th anniversary of John McCabe and the 60th birthday year of Sir James MacMillan, alongside Arthur Bliss, Edward Elgar, Hans Werner Henze, Herbert Howells, as well as festival regulars, Martin Ellerby, Edward Gregson, and Philip Wilby, plus world premières from Jonathan Bates and Andy Scott. The primary creative focus, however, celebrates the centenary of one of the most highly regarded yet enigmatic brass band composers of the 20th century, Wilfred Heaton.

Paul Hindmarsh artistic director

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

Photo credit: Buffet Crampon

Full Weekend Ticket £95 / Students and Under 18s £47
Saturday Day Ticket £53
Sunday Day Ticket £35
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, be sure to visit our exhibition of trade stands from a variety of instrument makers, recruiters and publishers. The exhibition will feature stalls from Brass Band Insurance Services, Royal Marines Band Service, Royal Air Force Music Service, The Band of The Royal Corps of Signals, Mr Tuba, Wessex Tubas, World of Brass, Yamaha, WoodWindDesign, plus more to be confirmed on the day.