55 players from around the world are heading to Derbyshire today for the start of the annual Bolsover International Brass Band Summer School, led by Besson artist and Course Director Stephen Mead.
There is a full diary of work to await them too, although there will also be time to enjoy visiting the many attractions the area has to offer.
Two highlights are sure to be the free Tutors Concert at Clowne Community Centre on Wednesday 24th July (7.00pm), where Steve will be joined by his colleagues for a great night of showcase music from the likes of Mark Wilkinson, Chris Thomas and Steve himself, as well as the free Course Concert on Friday evening (7.00pm).
After leading the highly successful 2018 event, Stephen is once again raring to go, and told 4BR: "I'm really looking forward to this year's course. We have a record number of students and have some great repertoire that will challenge and inspire the delegates.
Once again I'm delighted to welcome musicians from all around the world. Our work is intensive, but we find that is what the students want and enjoy as we work towards our mid week concert at Hardwick Hall and out closing Friday evening concert."
I'm personally delighted that Cory's star solo trombone Chris Thomas will be our guest soloist and I'm looking forward to working with him, as well as the other great tutorsSteven Mead
He added: "I'm personally delighted that Cory's solo trombone Chris Thomas will be our guest soloist and I'm looking forward to working with him, as well as the other great tutors.
The finale of the Friday evening concert will be the '1812 Overture', and I'm really looking forward to see how the band respond to this great music, Whilst it's going to be great to work on a cracking new work from composer Mike Sheppard, who will be joining us, called 'City of Angels'.
Clowne Community Centre,
Wednesday 24th July
7.00pm (free entry)
Heritage High School,
7.00pm (free entry)