Draws for Brass in Concert 2018 made in Durham Cathedral

The organising team for Brass in Concert are pleased to confirm the draw for 42nd Brass in Concert to be held at Sage Gateshead on Sunday 18th November.

The draw for the playing order took place on Saturday at Durham Cathedral carried out under the supervision of the management team by The Dean of Durham Cathedral The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett.

The Youth Brass in Concert Championship draw was carried out by Mayor of Durham City Bill Kellett and his consort Jean Chaplow. Also present was Lord Lieutenant of County Durham Sue Snowden and her husband Keith.

This was followed by a most enjoyable and very well attended concert in the iconic Cathedral by Grimethorpe Colliery Band conducted by Brian Grant.

The concert was a joint venture sponsored by the Banks Group in aid of the Championship’s and North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund whose Chairman Colin Peacock was also in attendance.

In this 42nd year John Woods emphasised there is a continued international flavour with competing bands from, Norway Manger Musikklag, Fountain City  and Atlantic Brass USA who will be making their Sage debut.

The competing bands and draw are confirmed as follows.


  1. Virtuosi GUS
  2. Fodens
  3. Brighouse & Rastrick
  4. Cory
  5. Reg Vardy
  6. Whitburn
  7. Fountain City (USA)
  8. Manger Musikklag (Norway)
  9. Flowers
  10. Grimethorpe Colliery
  11. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery
  12. Atlantic Brass (USA)


  1. Houghton Area Youth
  2. Youth Brass 2000
  3. Rochdale Borough Youth
  4. Scottish Borders Youth
  5. Elland Silver Youth
  6. Wardle Academy Youth


Further exciting elements of this wonderful weekend festival of brass to be announced during the coming weeks, including adjudicators, workshops and Masterclasses for the Education element of the Festival.


Tickets for Youth Brass in Concert on Saturday 17 November are available from Sage Gateshead Ticket Office on 0191 443 4661 or online at www.sagegateshead.com, priced £10.00 and £5 (concessions). Tickets for World of Brass in Concert featuring Foden’s and Matt Ford are £27.00, £18.00 and £10.00, and Tickets for the Brass in Concert Championship on Sunday 18 November are £30.00, £22.00 and £12.00. Booking fees may apply.

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