Sky Arts to broadcast Battle of the Brass Bands series

The eagerly awaited four part documentary series will be aired on Sky Arts this August.

  The series will follow the competitive action at four iconic brass band events

The Sky Arts television broadcaster has announced that their new four part documentary series, 'Battle of the Brass Bands' will be aired from 20th August.

Made by the award-winning production company Twofour on behalf of Sky Arts, it will showcase the competitive talents of some of the UKs most famous bands as they compete against each other at the Whit Friday, British Open, National Final and Brass in Concert Championships.

Featured bands include Cory, Brighouse & Rastrick, Fairey, Foden's and Black Dyke as well as others such as Fountain City from the USA


This new series will air from 20th August 2019 on Sky Arts, the UK's only TV channel dedicated to arts, music and culture, and will also be available for streaming on NOW TV.

Speaking about series, Phil Edgar-Jones Director of Sky Arts said: "We are delighted to be presenting 'Battle of the Brass Bands' on Sky Arts.

Brass Bands are one of the longest running music traditions in British history and we are looking forward to celebrating and highlighting the role they play in our cultural landscape, and to display the high level of skill and dedication that these musicians give to their art."

The competition pieces feature some of the finest and technically challenging music I've ever heard, presented in some of Britain's most prestigious and iconic venuesNeil Edwards

Absolute revelation

Twofour's Neil Edwards, Head of their Specialist Factual Programming and Series Director added: "Making these films was a total privilege and an absolute revelation.

These are amateur musicians playing to an Olympic standard. The competition pieces feature some of the finest and technically challenging music I've ever heard, presented in some of Britain's most prestigious and iconic venues."


He added: "I challenge anyone to experience the thrill of these competitions and not be converted into a brass fan for the rest of their lives. I'm delighted that Sky Arts have chosen to highlight this talented, fiercely competitive, frighteningly committed and completely unique community of British musicians."

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