Childs and Renton in concert with Downshire


Downshire Brass is busy preparing for an exciting online concert on 27 June which will feature renowned virtuoso euphonium soloist and Besson artist, David Childs, and a variety of specially prepared solo, ensemble and full band pieces, all recorded during this period of lockdown.  

The event, which will be introduced by brass band luminary Frank Renton, will raise much needed funds for the Northern Ireland Hospice, an organisation which has done so much to support patients and their families during the Covid19 crisis.

Band Chair Robert Mercer said, “We are delighted to be joined by David Childs and Frank Renton for this concert and grateful for their support for this important organisation.” David Childs added, “I’m delighted to be performing with Michael Alcorn and Downshire Brass to help raise funds for their chosen charity, the Northern Ireland Hospice. I had the pleasure of working with Michael and the band during my time at Queen’s University, so it’s great to be joining them once again for what I’m sure will be a memorable evening.”

The concert builds on a sustained programme of weekly concerts which have taken place over the last eight weeks featuring members of the youth and senior bands. Downshire’s Musical Director Prof Michael Alcorn said, “We’ve had an amazing response to our weekly concerts, with members of the youth and senior bands providing fantastic performances of solos, duos, trios, multi-track performances and full band works. These have been shared with an audience comprising families and friends of Downshire, with over 150 people tuning-in each week. The public concert on the 27th is the culmination of our Downshire family concert series and showcases the musicality and creativity of all the participants during these challenging times for musicians.”     

The concert will be livestreamed on multiple social media platforms including YouTube and Band’s public Facebook page.  A dedicated JustGiving Page has already been set up and full details of the event will be available in due course.

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