Faroe Islands brass festival to include north Iceland players

Two groups from the Akureyri music school in Iceland will travel to the Faroe Islands today to take part in the Faroe Islands International Brass Music Festival.

The 72 Akureyri residents will be in the Faroe Islands from today until the 24th May.

The Akureyri trip has been organised by the Akureyri Music School and the Faroe Islands Music School. A brass band from the Faroes visited Akureyri earlier this year and played under Bernhard Wilkinsson, a former Iceland Symphony Orchestra conductor.

The journey begins in Akureyri today and will see the musicians travel by coach to Seydisfjordur and take the ferry to the Faroe Islands. Coach and boat transport will take a total of 27 hours.

The Akureyri Big Band will play a concert on the 19th May at the Nordic House in Torshavn and Faroese performers will join them onstage; indeed, Icelandic and Faroese musicians playing together was one of the main reasons for the trip.

The big band will not waste its time in the Faroe Islands, and will also play a series of other concerts.

They are joined on their trip by the Akureyri Junior Band, who will play two concerts of their own — including a concert with ten other brass bands on Friday 20th May at the International Brass Festival.

Alberto Porro Carmona, the bands’ conductor, says that the goal of the Akureyri Music School visit to the Faroe Islands is to increase cross border artistic co-operation and to encourage music students to have fun and really enjoy music. The trip is only the first of many overseas expeditions, Carmona promises.

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