Although the restrictions imposed by the current Coronavirus pandemic saw the annual Durham County Brass Band Association (DCBBA) 'Picnic in the Park' contest cancelled this year, the organisers certainly came up with an inventive ay to ensure people could still enjoy the sounds of brass bands in action.
The event is usually held in the grounds of Houghall College on the outskirts of the city of Durham, but due to situation the association called on its supportive members to submit a video performance instead.
The initial idea came from Helen Douthwaite-Teasdale, and after contacting the bands through social media channels with the help of Association Secretary, Jo Wright, it was soon obvious that there was support for the initiative.
Bands then submitted performances over the next four weeks of old contest and concert performances, social distancing videos, and even an entire performance from last year's event!
Jo told 4BR: "We were completely blown away by the enthusiasm and encouragement bands were showing to get their videos entered. It was a fantastic response."
In total, 32 videos were submitted by 12 Association bands with volunteer Matthew Hunt tasked with piecing them together to be premiered across the day of the contest on Sunday 5th July for the banding world to enjoy in the Association's own Facebook page.
We were completely blown away by the enthusiasm and encouragement bands were showing to get their videos entered. It was a fantastic responseDCBBA
Jo added: "The aim of the event was never to replicate the contest but to showcase the talented bands we have across the association. We are all so proud of what was achieved for this virtual event to be so successful."
The videos in four separate parts will remain on the association YouTube channel which can be accessed by going to the DCBBA page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/529102373905800/