Gibraltar Tour 2020

Surrey Brass intends to undertake a short tour to Gibraltar from 29 May to 1st June 2020.

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During this, our first tour abroad, Surrey Brass will renew our performing relationship with our conductor Jonathan Spencer who will by then have become Bandmaster of The Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment.

It is set to be a busy weekend with concerts by Surrey Brass, Musical collaboration with 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, maybe a charity fundraising concert, and of course some social engagements.

We plan to perform a concert within the famous St. Michael's Cave within the Rock of Gibraltar. The cave in the Rock has been a popular concert hall for many years, with a long prior history of being used for many other purposes. The rock formations are fantastically beautiful and have a unique acoustic. Surrey Brass has performed in a number of unusual places but this will certainly be the first time Surrey Brass will have performed underground! 

We hope this tour will be supported by the Gibraltar Government Ministry of Culture and other arts promotion organisations on the Rock.

Saturday 30th May 2020 Morning:

We start the tour with a Public 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 a concert at the Convent (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 Morning

 The most significant musical event of the tour is planned to take place in St Michaels Cave, which is located within the Rock of Gibraltar. The largest of the chambers, named the Cathedral Cave, currently serves as an auditorium. It was converted due to the chamber's natural acoustic properties. It is equipped with a concrete stage and has a seating capacity of over 100.

Surrey Brass have booked St., Michaels Cave from 1100-1300 on 31st May 2020, which provides an opportunity for us to present a free lunchtime concert – and we should like to use this as an opportunity to undertake charitable fundraising via donations from concertgoers.

Sunday 31st May 2020 Evening


Ideally we would very much like to book the cave in order to present an evening concert. However, this will attract a venue fee of £1000, which is currently out of our reach. Such an event would offer the opportunity to present a full musical programme and reach a wide audience locally. We would aim to share the concert with the Band of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, since they have loyal local support and could help assure a good audience. If at all possible we should also like to offer a performing opportunity for a group of local young musicians, such as a local brass group or choir.

Monday 1st June 2020 Morning

Further discussions are currently underway about the possibility of a morning event possibly involving the Band of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, or with local young musicians.


Tour Fundraising

Would your organisation be interested in sponsoring Surrey Brass for this tour?

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.

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