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FESTIVAL PROVES PURE ESCAPISM FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS.

GUINNESS world record-breaking escapologist David Straitjacket launched an international music festival. David, eight times Guiness Record holder, opened BRASS: Durham International Music Festival by attempting to escape from a straitjacket and chains in under two minutes. David has been dubbed 'The Modern Houdini'. The race against time was accompanied by a medley of brass music from the Durham County Youth Big Band.

BRASS is all about escapism, we want people who visit the festival to have a total experience, as brass music is captivating, exhilarating and invigorating.

"We are looking to push the boundaries of what brass based music stands for today," said strategic manager for heritage and culture at Durham County Council, Neil Hillier.

BRASS runs from July 4-19 and offers a range of world brass music. Many headlining acts, including acts from Austria, Africa, Finland and Iceland will showcase across County Durham, including Durham city, Bishop Auckland and Darlington.

For further information about BRASS festival 2009 go to: www.brassfestival.co.uk

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TOP BRASS David Hamilton, 18, trombone player with Durham County Youth Big Band, escapologist David Straitjacket, Michael Mason, 15, trumpet player with Durham County Youth Big Band in Durham Market Place for the launch of BRASS.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Jul 1, 2009
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