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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 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'.

Recent concerts

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.Stage & Screen 2016

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Festival Brass performing during their latest Stage and Screen concert.


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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