Newstead Breathing Brass Into Derby And Mansfield

June 1, 2017
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June 1, 2017 Mike Allcock

Breathing Brass, a multimedia exhibition including images of Newstead Brass players and instruments, showing in Derby from 24 March to 23 April and then in Mansfield from April 28th to May 13th.

Breathing Brass

Breathing Brass by Liz Hingley explores the relationship between brass instruments and players from the ex-mining area of Bolsover. The dedicated members of Bolsover’s brass bands today include accountants, professors, music students aged from five to 80, and even entire families stretching back generations.

Clearing the lungs of coal miners was one of the initial functions of many brass bands.

The work has been co-commissioned by Format 17 and the First Art project, and is a unique and engaging photographic project that shines a light on the communities, histories and habitats of the former coalfields of North East Derbyshire and North East Nottinghamshire.

Specialist Photography

Fascinated by the way that a player’s breath moves around an instrument to create sound, Hingley employed a specialist FLIR infrared optical gas imaging camera, which is normally used in heavy industry to pinpoint gas leaks.

This technique reveals the journey a player’s breath takes as it passes through a brass instrument, while simultaneously leaving a trace of their DNA, and tarnishing the metal.

Newstead Brass Breathing Brass PhotoAugmented Reality

The unique Breathing Brass augmented reality app reveals videos of players’ breath emitting from instruments accompanied by a dynamic soundscape.

For more information on photographer Liz Hingley see

For more information on the FORMAT photography festival visit or download the programme

First Art works in Ashfield, Bolsover, Mansfield and NE Derbyshire to get more people involved in the arts – in all its forms – with the passionate belief that great cultural experiences are for everyone. It’s all made possible by Arts Council England, who fund the project through their Creative People and Places programme. Find out more at

Newstead Brass First Art Photo 1

Newstead Brass First Art Photo 2

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