National Universities Brass Band gives free performances across Sheffield

Four UniBrass Band Camp concerts, August Bank Holiday weekend

The very first Band Camp is just around the corner, situated in Chapeltown, Sheffield, and will take place from 25 – 30 August.


The group of talented young brass and percussion players participating in the course will unite to form a new 'National Universities Brass Band', which will present a series of free concerts in and around Sheffield over the bank holiday weekend. Conducted by David Thornton, musical director of Grimethorpe Colliery Band, all performances include a selection of popular tunes as well as classic pieces for brass band.


Here's where you can hear the band perform:


Hesley Wood Scout Camp, Chapeltown

Friday 27 August, 2pm

This informal concert at the band's host venue is the first chance to hear the band play and an opportunity to find out more about the UniBrass Foundation.


It's free and you can turn up on the day. It's outdoors, at the Campfire Circle, so please keep an eye on social media for weather updates.



Hathersage Swimming Pool

Saturday 28 August, 12noon

A unique chance to hear some brass band tunes whilst you enjoy a swim in a beautiful 1930s outdoor pool in the heart of the peak district park. Whilst the performance itself is free, this event requires paid entry to the pool either for the swim session or as a spectator.

Swim and spectator tickets will be released this Friday 20 August via the Pool's Ticket Source page.


Barker's Pool, Sheffield City Centre

Sunday 29 August, 3pm

A perfect place to cool off and enjoy a break from your shopping, whilst listening to some live music from the band. This performance is free and you can turn up on the day.





Sheffield Cathedral

Monday 30 August, 3pm

The programme will include original works for brass band by Malcolm Arnold (celebrating the composer’s centenary), and Philip Harper's Olympus, which celebrates the Tokyo Olympics and the endeavour and spirit of all those involved. The concert will also include a World Premiere for Revolution, a brand new work for brass band by John Frith. Organisers ask that you reserve your tickets for this performance in order to guarantee the best seats.


Each outdoor concert will last between 45-60 minutes. The Sheffield Cathedral performance will last approximately 2 hours including an interval.


We hope you can join us!


Band Camp is supported using public funding from Arts Council England as well as funding from Ecclesfield Parish Council.

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