Gibraltar Tour 2020

Surrey Brass is touring Gibraltar from 29 May to 1st June 2020.

The first Surrey Brass tour abroad in our twenty year history is set to be busy, with several concerts already scheduled. Musical collaboration with local organisations features strongly. We aim to include The Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment together with an educational event for young local players, potential for other performances with local organisations, a charity fundraising concert, features by guest performers, and social engagements.

Surrey Brass will renew our performing relationship with our conductor Jonathan Spencer who has become Bandmaster of The Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment.

We encourage support by the Gibraltar Government Ministry of Culture and other arts promotion organisations on the Rock. 

If your organisation could be interested in sponsoring a tour event please Contact us.

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Tour Programme

The current tour programme is set out below - however, we may amend it as other performance opportunities arise.

Saturday 30th May 2020 Morning:

We start the tour with an Open Air Concert - Casemates, Gibraltar, Sat 30th May - a Public and FREE Concert outdoor in the historic Casemates Square/Outdoor Theatre. Grand Casemates Square is the larger of the two main squares within the city centre of Gibraltar (the other being John Mackintosh Square). Nowadays Grand Casemates Square has become a commercial hub housing numerous pubs, bars, restaurants and shops following the refurbishment of the square in the 1990s to replace a car park which occupied half the square. The square is also used to host various cultural events from live open-air concerts, to National Day celebrations. In 2012 the square was host to celebration for Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebration which was attended by the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

Saturday 30th May Afternoon: 

Surrey Brass have arranged to present Brass at the Convent - live at the Governor's Residence with permission of the Governor’s ADC (Aide de Camp). The Convent has been the official residence of the Governor of Gibraltar since 1728. It was originally a convent of Franciscan friars, hence its name, and was built in 1531, and heavily rebuilt during the 18th and 19th centuries. We may perform in the King’s Chapel, the garrison church adjacent to the Convent, part of the original Franciscan complex.

Sunday 31st May 2020:

Underground Brass - 31st May 2020  showcases a partnership between Surrey Brass and SSAFA, the armed forces charity, and guest performers. The most significant musical event of the tour will take place in St. Michael's Cave, located within the Rock of Gibraltar. The largest of the chambers, named the Cathedral Cave, has been a popular concert hall for many years, with a long prior history of being used for many other purposes. It is equipped with a concrete stage and has a seating capacity of over 400. The rock formations are fantastically beautiful and have a unique acoustic as well as looking spectacular with the special cave illuminations. Surrey Brass has performed in a number of unusual places over the years but this will certainly be the first time we will have performed underground! 

We also have an opportunity to present a free lunchtime open rehearsal/concert and details are to follow. 

Monday 1st June 2020:

Further discussions are currently underway about the possibility of a morning event possibly involving the Band of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, possibly combining a workshop style educational event with local young musicians. If this is not possible, Surrey Brass may tour the Rock or visit Morocco to soak up the local musical atmosphere there. 

Tour Fundraising

Without doubt the tour to Gibraltar is is the most expensive project Surrey Brass has attempted since formation in 2001 and we need help with funding to make it happen.