Brass bands blowing in for summer

Several brass bands will be performing at this years South Tyneside Festival.

Several brass bands will be performing at this years South Tyneside Festival.

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Brass bands from across the North East will be blowing their own trumpets from next weekend as part of this year’s South Tyneside Festival.

Performances will be held on Sunday afternoons throughout June, July and August at the open-air Amphitheatre in South Shields.

The brass band programme, which forms part of a wider three-month line-up organised by South Tyneside Council, will be opened by Westoe Brass Band on Sunday at 2pm.

Then Durham Constabulary Band will perform on Sunday, June 12, followed by the Bear Park and Esh Brass Band on June 19, the North East Concert Band on June 26, and the People’s Mission Silver Brass on July 3.

All concerts run from 2pm to 4pm and are free.

The rest of the July the concerts will start slightly later to accommodate the festival’s other free Sunday afternoon events at nearby Bents Park, including performances from stars such as Alexandra Burke, Tony Hadley, The Proclaimers and UB40.

This means that concerts by the Borough’s twin town of Wuppertal in Germany, Knapp Daneben, on July 10, the Bright Street Big Band on July 17, Craghead Colliery Band on July 24, and the NASUWT Concert band on July 31 will all run between 3.30pm and 5.30pm.

Concerts will run throughout August with music from Cockerton Prize Silver Band on August 7, Dunston Silver Band on August 14, Westoe Brass Band on August 21, and the NASUWT Concert Band on August 28, all from 2pm to 4pm.

For more information and full listings for the South Tyneside Festival 2016, go to www.visitsouthtyneside.co.uk

Alternatively, search for South Tyneside Events on Facebook, follow STynesideEvents on Twitter or call the South Tyneside Visitor Information Centre on 0191 424 7788.

Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council, with responsibility for Culture and Leisure, said: “Brass bands are an important part of our heritage in the North East, so it is wonderful to be able to showcase so many of them as part of our Summer Festival.

“These concerts, with their varied repertoire, will ensure there is something for music lovers of all ages to enjoy.”