Derwent Brass is one of the recent success stories in East Midlands brass banding. Formed in 1992 with the aim of producing a quality brass band in Derby, Derwent Brass very quickly established itself as a most popular concert attraction. With a wide reaching repertoire, the band upholds this reputation and is constantly in demand to perform at various venues throughout this region, across the UK and occasionally venturing abroad.
Over recent years in addition to the usual local concerts, the band has included performances in the Derby Assembly Rooms and Cathedral, Harrogate International Centre, Wembley Conference Centre, London Royal Parks, Burton Town Hall, Loughborough Town Hall and more. The tuba soloist Robin Norman, trombone virtuosi Chris Jeans and international Euphonium soloist Steven Mead have all performed with Derwent Brass. The band has worked & performed under the batons of distinguished conductors including Richard Evans, Russell Gray, Dr. Alwyn HumphreyMBE, Dr. Robert Childs and Garry Cutt. The band often performs with vocalists and choirs, from both the Derby region and across the UK; over the last couple of years the band has been delighted to perform with the famous Treorchy Male Choir, Denise Leigh (winner of Channel 4’s Operatunity), the multi-grammy award winning Swingle Singers, and many more.
The band has also been selected to provide the music for many prestigious events including the NHS Golden Jubilee and Derbyshire Constabulary Golden Jubilee Celebrations, National Chief Police Officers Conference and more, in venues inclusive of the Derby Assembly Rooms and Chatsworth House. Annually, they also perform with the Derby Hospitals Choir, again in the Great Hall of the Derby’s Assembly Rooms, in support of a nominated charity. Derwent Brass are proud to have raised thousands of pounds for several charities in their existence and continue to do so by organising or taking part in dedicated events throughout their busy calendar.
Derwent Brass is a known group internationally having not only performed abroad, but also through worldwide sales of their CDs and merchandise. A reprint of their first solo CD entitled ‘Celebration’, their second CD ‘The Wonder of Christmas’, their most popular recent release ever ‘Big Band Big Screen’ and their latest CD 'Simply Carols' are all currently available for purchase online, through mail order, some local outlets and at concert venues.
Finally, the band have also been extremely successful on the traditional brass band contest scene; being originally a 3rd section band and achieving Championship section status in 2004. The route to this success included holding number one position in both 2nd & 3rd section league tables consecutively and now totalling six appearances at the Boosey & Hawkes National Championship Finals. The band and their soloists, continue to decorate the band room with silverware from nationwide contests; these have included the Midland Regional Championships, National Finals, Bolsover, Buxton, Gloucester, Preston and many, many more.
In 2014 the band gained a fantastic third place podium finish at the Midland Regional Championships in March and won the Bolsover Festival of Brass later in the year in October, together with a prize for the winning conductor.
Location: Derby, UK