The Great Northern Brass Arts Festival, to be held at the Bridgewater Hall Manchester on Saturday 11th September, will feature the brass band music of Edward Gregson to celebrate the composer’s 65th birthday. The works to be performed will be Prelude for an Occasion, Dances and Arias, Concerto Grosso, Concerto for Tuba, March Prelude and Variations on Laudate Dominum, representing some of the composer’s brass band compositional output from 1968-1984.

The bands are some of the finest in the world, including Black Dyke, Fodens, Fairey and Brighouse & Rastrick, as well as the National Youth Band of Great Britain, whose conductor Bramwell Tovey recently conducted sessions for a new CD of Gregson’s orchestral music, with the BBC Concert Orchestra, which will be released next February on the Chandos label.

The concerts commence at 12 noon and further details and tickets are available via the Bridgewater Hall website.