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• 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 conductor.
The 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.

 Future concerts

Some of the concerts for 2017-2018 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 9th December 2017 at Glenmachan Church of God, with special guest Sinead O'Kelly, Fr. Martin O'Hagan, Harding Memorial Primary School Choir and compere Gerry Kelly- 'Christmas Brass and Voices'.

  • Tickets are £12 from Festival Brass - postal only (07980 306425), Matchetts Music, Wellington Place, Belfast - cash/cheque only (028 9032 6695), Glenmachan Church office - collection only (028 9076 1676), Belfast Music, Ballyhanwood Business Park, Dundonald - cash/cheques only (028 9048 1010).

  • Friday 13th April 2018 at St. Marks, Dundela, Holywood Road, Belfast.

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Festival Brass performing during their latest Stage and Screen concert.

Stage & Screen 2016


Please keep a close check on this section for the latest information on upcoming events throughout the year. The section will be updated with as much information as possible as and when it becomes available.


Within this gallery you will find a small selection of low resolution images from various events the band has taken part in.
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