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Brass Band and Cycling Play for Yorkshire Festival in York


10:01am 29th January 2014

A brass band concert and a play about cycling have been booked as part of the cultural festival in York leading up to the Tour de France known as the Yorkshire Festival.

Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “Tour de Brass is York’s celebration of the great Yorkshire tradition of brass bands, and the Bike Stories project will weave memories and tales from this, one of the UK’s longest-standing and most committed cycling cultures, into a touring production.

“Both will run during the 100-days Yorkshire Festival 2014 which is the first ever arts festival to precede the Grand Départ in its 111 year history. We’re delighted Tour de Brass and Bike Stories will be sounding loud and clear and will give everyone a chance to ‘Be part of it’ whether by sharing a story, or coming to listen to the bands.”

Kate Lock, Director of Brassed On York Ltd, said: “As the Grand Départ goes through the heartland of Yorkshire brass banding country and, as Yorkshire has the best brass bands in Britain, the phenomenal musical and artistic talent that resounds through this deep-rooted tradition will be heard loud and clear through the ‘Tour de Brass’. The festival will showcase Yorkshire’s bands and complement the Grand Départ, giving scope to demonstrate the resilient spirit and enduring qualities of brass music and for creative and original interpretation.”

The Tour de Brass weekend will be Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 June and will form part of the wider Brassed On York Festival which will run during June 2014. The Tour de Brass will include regional brass band concerts along the route of the Tour and a Yorkshire Brass Prom by the Black Dyke Band at York Barbican on Sunday 22 June.

Alan Dicks, Director of 509 Arts, said: “Most people use a bike at some point in their lives and almost everyone has a bike story. For some it is a passing affair, for others a lifelong passion. Bike Story is about people and their relationship to the bicycle: the ups and downs of cycling, the traumas as well as the triumphs. Playwrights Mike Kenny and Martin Riley will weave a selection of these stories into a very special outdoor production that will premier in York before visiting locations across the county, thrilling and entertaining audiences of all ages.”

People can start sharing their stories now at www.bikestory.org.uk .

509 Arts ran the ‘My last car’ project as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

More details on the Yorkshire Festival in York will be announced shortly by the city council.

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