• 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.
Friday 26th May 2017 at 7.45pm, in Holywood Parish Church, with special guest Peter Corry - 'Festival Brass in Concert' in aid of Holywood Parish Church Asha Support Group. Tickets cost £15 and details of availability are on the flyer on the right or our Events page.
Saturday 9th December at Glenmachan Church of God, with special guest Gemma McNeill and compere Gerry Kelly- 'Christmas Brass and Voices'.
Friday 21st April 2017, at Saintfield 2nd Presbyterian Church Hall.
Festival Brass were honoured to be the guest performers as the Linday Chorale held their annual concert in celebration of the 21st Anniversary of the chorales formation.
Both band and choir brought a varied and entertaining programme of music to a packed church hall.
The choir continue to flourish under the musical direction of John Dallas and accompanist Sheelagh Greer, and have attracted several new members recently.
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Festival Brass performing during their latest Stage and Screen concert.