Commissioned by the National Youth Music Theatre to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, Brass follows a group of Leeds residents from the start of the war until the Battle of the Somme in 1916. The men, members of an amateur brass band, join up to the Leeds Pals regiment and their womenfolk decide to learn the instruments that the men have left behind to keep the spirit of the brass band alive and to play for them when they triumphantly return to the city after the war. We watch the women trying to learn the brass instruments whilst the men simply try to stay alive. It is an epic musical about love and survival.
The original cast recording is available to buy here.