Best of Indian brass at festival

A BRASS band from India generated some welcome heat under the grey skies of County Durham yesterday.

A BRASS band from India generated some welcome heat under the grey skies of County Durham yesterday.

The Jaipur Kawa Brass Band led workshops in two North-East schools then gave an impromptu performance outside Durham Cathedral.

Next Saturday the band will march at the annual Durham Miners’ Gala with the Co-op banner which is entrusted each year to a special guest.

The band from the Indian state of Rajasthan, which as a legacy of colonialism now boasts more than 2,000 brass bands, is in the North-East as one of the attractions of the annual Durham International Brass Festival.

It was founded by tabla maestro Hameed Khan Kawa who selected musicians from across the state to promote the Indian brass band sound.

The band toured the UK in 2005 and recently performed at Glastonbury. Although it has performed in Durham before, it has never marched at the gala.

The brass festival runs until July 15 with highlights this weekend including brass cabaret Mnozil Brass from Austria at the Gala Theatre, Durham, this evening and free music in Durham city centre from 11.30am today.

You can see more of Jaipur Kawa Brass Band’s musicians next Thursday when they perform for diners on the Durham City River Cruiser.

For festival details visit www.brassfestival.co.uk. Tickets are available by ringing (0191) 332-4041.

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