The Northern Regional Brass Band Trust (NRBBT) was founded in 1974 to enhance the standards and standing of brass musicians in the Northumberland, Cumbria, County Durham and Tees Valley areas.
We strive to support the long-term sustainability of brass bands by providing a variety of workshops and commissioning new, original music and arrangements. We also act as an information service to bring outside bodies into contact with the brass band movement. So if you want to know anything about brass and brass bands contact us.
The Trust was one of the founding agencies of Durham Brass Initiative, which organised the first Durham Brass Festival in 2001. We viewed this as a way of creating constructive partnerships with other music agencies, to help recruit and retain young players and to develop new audiences for brass music. We continue to support BRASS, Durhams own brass festival and other regional initiatives.
Durham Cathedral is the magnificent setting for our current project, THE DURHAM HYMNS.
For this extraordinary performance we have commissioned the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy to write the lyrics for a a new suite of hymns to be performed by the specially created Centenary Choir and Brass Band on Saturday 16 July. The music, also specially commissioned by the Trust has beeen written by Orlando Gough, Jessica Curry and Jonathan Bates
The Durham Hymns has been made possible by the support of Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, PRS Foundation, Durham County Council and the Grocers Charity
See more about this here.
The Trust meets every two months. The next meeting is on Saturday 2 July, 10.30am at County Hall, Durham. Please join us.
For further information contact Susan Hayton, NRBBT Secretary using the contact form or call 0191 3733205.
Charity number: 1116720