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A Young Person’s Guide to the Brass Band and Community Concert

Saturday 19 May  2.00pm - 5.00pm, National Centre for Early Music, York

A York band has come together with the National Centre for Early Music to present a special concert to introduce children and families to brass band instruments and music.

A Young Person's Guide to the Brass Band will take place at the NCEM in Walmgate on Saturday 19 May and offers the chance for beginners of all ages to 'have a go' on brass instruments and percussion.

Presented by the York RI Golden Rail Band, the concert will feature a short performance by their own Development Band, playing a mix of Disney theme tunes, traditional favourites, film soundtracks and Proms classics.

It will be followed by a community concert featuring talented young soloists from the York RI family of bands, backed by the York RI Golden Rail Band.

The afternoon event, which starts at 2.00pm and runs until 5.00pm, will finish with an informal session at which members of the audience will be able to try out the instruments from cornets and euphoniums to trombones and tubas.

Young people that can already play a brass band instrument and sight-read music are also invited to join in with the Development Band's performance, although they must attend a prior rehearsal at the NCEM on Thursday 10 May, 7.30-8.30pm.  To play, contact Musical Director Nicholas Eastwood at or telephone 07774  030502.

Tickets for the concert cost £3.00 (concessions £2.00; under 16s free). Book online at or telephone the box office 01904 658338. There is no charge to young people that wish to join in with the rehearsals and performance of   A Young Person's Guide to the Brass Band.   

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For interviews or to arrange a photo, contact Kate Lock on 07792 633984 or email