During the weekend of the 1st to 3rd of May, York will be hosting the first Brassed On! Music Festival.
On Saturday, there are performances throughout the day at the Museum Gardens, Yorkshire Museum, York, by Shepherd Group Brass Band, Shepherd Concert Band, York RI Band, York RI Golden Rail Band and Ebor Brass.
On Sunday, after a very large group rehearsal in the morning, there is a Massed Brass Band Concert, again in the Museum Gardens, featuring all of York's brass bands as well as any other players who do not play for a brass band at present. We will be featuring a programme of music from the film Brassed Off.
Finally, on the Monday, Brassed On are holding Masterclasses for able musicians (under 21 years of age) at the National Centre for Early Music at 10 am to 11.30am. This is free to players and open to the public (£3 or £2 concessions).
Brassed On is also holding A Young Person's Guide to the Brass Band. This is a family concert for and featuring young people, again at the National Centre for Early Music from 2.30pm to 3.30pm, again open to the public. Tickets for this event are £4 or £2 for concessions.
As a finale to the weekend, City Screen is showing the classic film "Brassed Off", starring Ewan McGregor, Tara Fitzgerald and Pete Postlethwaite. There is also a chance to meet Writer and Director, Mark Herman. This is being shown at 7.30pm, where tickets are £6 and £5 for concessions.
As the majority of this event is outside, we obviously are praying for good weather and look forward to seeing you all there.