14 July 2014
Second Wind for British Brass Bands
With their creamy musical tone and smartly uniformed players, British brass bands are a living link with the mid-19th century. It’s hard not to think of such amateur ensembles – like the one featured in the 1996 Ewan McGregor film Brassed Off – as irredeemably old-fashioned.
In their infancy, though, brass bands were early adopters of instruments designed by Adolphe Sax (the inventor of the saxophone, whose birth marks its bicentenary this year), and became something of a craze. Their popularity grew in lockstep with industrialisation, and it was when factory and pit owners co-opted or...
3 July 2014
Newsboost Rochester Poesy
*BSP live in Portsmouth and Rochester.
*All-new mug, togs and more in BSP web-shop.
*The French thespian elite have been in observation.
*When A Warm Wind Blows Through The Grass remixed
BSP would like to confirm a couple of shows. These will see the band patrolling the waterways in Portsmouth and Rochester.
British Sea Power @ the Victorious Festival
Sunday 24 August 2014
Portsmouth, Hants, UK
British Sea Power @ the ME1 festival
11 October 2014
Rochester, Kent, UK
BSP would also like to post a reminder on these forthcoming attractions…
16 May 2014
SEA OF BRASS
A new BSP project will be launched at the Durham International Brass Festival on Thursday 17th July.
Bearing the banner ‘Sea of Brass’, the concerts will feature a more pastoral take on BSP alongside the evocative strains of a brass orchestra, and will feature songs such as A Wooden Horse, Machineries of Joy and even the gorgeous rare B-side, ‘Alberts Eyes’.
SEA OF BRASS will continue throughout Autumn of 2014, with all dates featuring British Sea Power accompanied by a leading brass band.
Respected arranger Peter Wraight has been appointed to provide the arrangements, which...
3 April 2014
*BSP to stage metallic KO in Durham.
*Support bands confirmed for April UK dates.
*Vestment news – T-shirt saved from extinction.
*Festival slots confirmed at Deer Shed and End Of The Road
BSP Vs Brass Orchestra
BSP are going metal this summer with some special, collaborative events where they will play live with a series of full Brass Orchestras. At the first of these shows BSP will perform a full set of songs from their album repertoire, live in concert with the renowned Durham Brass Band.
British Sea Power’s Sea of Brass feat. Durham Brass Band
Thursday 17 July 2014
2 April 2014
NEW BSP PROJECT… INTRODUCING “SEA OF BRASS” !!
Nearly two years in the making, we are pleased to finally announce an exciting new commission for British Sea Power, “Sea of Brass”, which combines BSP live alongside championship 28-piece Brass Bands from all around the UK. Peter Wraight (Matthew Herbert Big Band) has created bespoke brass parts to accompany a selection of BSP songs from BSPs entire catalogue.
We gratefully acknowledge support from Arts Council England, PRS for Music Foundation, and our co-commissioning venues.
Our premiere performance will take place on Thursday 17th July 2014 at...