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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.

The NRBBT works 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 the festival and other regional initiatives.

Our last major project was THE DURHAM HYMNS. The Trust commissioned the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy to write the lyrics suite of new hymns that commemorated the experiences of the people of County Durham during the First World War. Composers Orlando Gough, Jessica Curry and Jonathan Bates to compose the music. The full suite was performed by The Centenary Brass Band and Choir with Voices of Hope and directed by Alan Fernie in an extraordinary and deeply moving concert in Durham Cathedral on 16 July. We are currently about to start work on producing a CD of the performance.

For more information about the Hymns and associated projects go to our news page.

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The Trust meets every two months. The next meeting is on Saturday 17 December 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

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