Brass Britain

Brassed Off star Stephen Tompkinson presents a celebration of the UK's long love affair with brass bands and the music of brass.

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Another chance to hear Stephen Tompkinson's four-part celebration of brass band music. From the Pennine Hills to the Welsh Valleys, from the Cornish Copper Towns to the Scottish Glens and over the sea to Ireland, the distinctive sound of brass has been a feature of the culture of the British Isles for almost two centuries.

In programme one, singers Dana and Omar reflect on how brass bands influenced their own musical careers. Meanwhile poet Ian McMillan, actor Tony Booth and former Labour leader Neil Kinnock discuss their earliest memories of brass bands and Terry Wogan talks about his brush with brass in The Floral Dance. The programme also explores the roots of brass band music and brass band dynasties.

Singer Dana and soul star Omar reflect on how brass bands influenced their musical careers

Singer Dana and soul star Omar reflect on how brass bands influenced their musical careers, while poet Ian McMillan, actor Tony Booth and former Labour leader Neil Kinnock discuss their earliest memories of brass bands.

Terry Wogan talks about his brush with brass for his hit 'The Floral Dance'. The programme also looks at the roots of brass bands and their dynasties.

012008051920100112

Another chance to hear Stephen Tompkinson's four-part celebration of brass band music. From the Pennine Hills to the Welsh Valleys, from the Cornish Copper Towns to the Scottish Glens and over the sea to Ireland, the distinctive sound of brass has been a feature of the culture of the British Isles for almost two centuries.

In programme one, singers Dana and Omar reflect on how brass bands influenced their own musical careers. Meanwhile poet Ian McMillan, actor Tony Booth and former Labour leader Neil Kinnock discuss their earliest memories of brass bands and Terry Wogan talks about his brush with brass in The Floral Dance. The programme also explores the roots of brass band music and brass band dynasties.

Singer Dana and soul star Omar reflect on how brass bands influenced their musical careers

Singer Dana and soul star Omar reflect on how brass bands influenced their musical careers, while poet Ian McMillan, actor Tony Booth and former Labour leader Neil Kinnock discuss their earliest memories of brass bands.

Terry Wogan talks about his brush with brass for his hit 'The Floral Dance'. The programme also looks at the roots of brass bands and their dynasties.

022008052620100119

Another chance to hear Stephen Tompkinson's four-part celebration of brass band music. From the Pennine Hills to the Welsh Valleys, from the Cornish Copper Towns to the Scottish Glens and over the sea to Ireland, the distinctive sound of brass has been a feature of the culture of the British Isles for almost two centuries.

In programme two, politician Dennis Skinner, suffragette historian Elizabeth Crawford and international cricket umpire Dickie Bird reflect on how brass bands have often provided the soundtrack to Britain's turbulent history of troubles, tragedies and triumphs.

The programme also looks at how the tradition is much more than a hobby for many brass banders in Britain and Stephen finds out how a former mining village in South Yorkshire is home to one of the best brass bands in the world.

How brass bands have often provided the soundtrack during Britain's turbulent times.

Politician Dennis Skinner, suffragette historian Elizabeth Crawford and former cricket umpire Dickie Bird reflect on how brass bands have often provided the soundtrack during Britain's turbulent times.

022008052620100119

Another chance to hear Stephen Tompkinson's four-part celebration of brass band music. From the Pennine Hills to the Welsh Valleys, from the Cornish Copper Towns to the Scottish Glens and over the sea to Ireland, the distinctive sound of brass has been a feature of the culture of the British Isles for almost two centuries.

In programme two, politician Dennis Skinner, suffragette historian Elizabeth Crawford and international cricket umpire Dickie Bird reflect on how brass bands have often provided the soundtrack to Britain's turbulent history of troubles, tragedies and triumphs.

The programme also looks at how the tradition is much more than a hobby for many brass banders in Britain and Stephen finds out how a former mining village in South Yorkshire is home to one of the best brass bands in the world.

How brass bands have often provided the soundtrack during Britain's turbulent times.

Politician Dennis Skinner, suffragette historian Elizabeth Crawford and former cricket umpire Dickie Bird reflect on how brass bands have often provided the soundtrack during Britain's turbulent times.

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Another chance to hear Stephen Tompkinson's four-part celebration of brass band music. From the Pennine Hills to the Welsh Valleys, from the Cornish Copper Towns to the Scottish Glens and over the sea to Ireland, the distinctive sound of brass has been a feature of the culture of the British Isles for almost two centuries.

In programme three, the composers Nigel Hess and Michael Nyman reflect on how brass bands have permeated our popular culture - from film and TV scores to pop music! And it explores the impact of films like Brassed Off and The Full Monty on brass banding in Britain.

Just what did films like Brassed Off and The Full Monty do for brass banding in Britain?

TV and film composer Nigel Hess, musicians Brian and Michael and the minimalist composer Michael Nyman reflect on how brass bands have permeated our popular culture - from film and TV scores to pop music. Plus just what did films like Brassed Off and The Full Monty really do for brass banding in Britain?

032008060220100126

Another chance to hear Stephen Tompkinson's four-part celebration of brass band music. From the Pennine Hills to the Welsh Valleys, from the Cornish Copper Towns to the Scottish Glens and over the sea to Ireland, the distinctive sound of brass has been a feature of the culture of the British Isles for almost two centuries.

In programme three, the composers Nigel Hess and Michael Nyman reflect on how brass bands have permeated our popular culture - from film and TV scores to pop music! And it explores the impact of films like Brassed Off and The Full Monty on brass banding in Britain.

Just what did films like Brassed Off and The Full Monty do for brass banding in Britain?

TV and film composer Nigel Hess, musicians Brian and Michael and the minimalist composer Michael Nyman reflect on how brass bands have permeated our popular culture - from film and TV scores to pop music. Plus just what did films like Brassed Off and The Full Monty really do for brass banding in Britain?

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Brass music's evolution and fusion with other genres, including Acid Brass. Also ska music in the Pennines, and Bollywood brass in London.

Brass music's evolution and fusion with other genres, including Acid Brass.

Brass music's evolution and fusion with other genres, including Acid Brass. Plus a collaboration between Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller and the Williams Fairey Brass Band, ska music in the Pennines, and Bollywood brass in London.

04 LAST2008060920100202

Brass music's evolution and fusion with other genres, including Acid Brass. Also ska music in the Pennines, and Bollywood brass in London.

Brass music's evolution and fusion with other genres, including Acid Brass.

Brass music's evolution and fusion with other genres, including Acid Brass. Plus a collaboration between Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller and the Williams Fairey Brass Band, ska music in the Pennines, and Bollywood brass in London.