Two of Hamilton's oldest established musical organisations will combine to perform at the upcoming Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival.

Hamilton City Brass band has invited members of the Hamilton Caledonian Pipe Band to perform at A Celtic Journey concert on Sunday February 11.

The opportunity for brass bands and pipe bands to combine does not often happen, but a large outdoor venue such as the Hamilton Gardens is perfect for the collaboration, says band spokesperson Marilyn Edgecombe.

Hamilton City Brass is New Zealand's newest A-Grade band, having recently been promoted to the premier grade following their B-Grade win in 2017.


Marilyn says that the band is relishing their new A-Grade status and embracing the challenges ahead as they prepare for the New Zealand National Brass Band Championships in Blenheim mid-year.

A Celtic Journey features musical favourites from Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

With the wind-swept green islands of Great Britain in mind, the band will take you on an evocative journey through the Celtic nations with both traditional tunes and contemporary arrangements, including Gaelforce, the well-known march Men of Harlech, the toe-tapping Riverdance and the powerful Highland Cathedral.

Sometimes sorrowful, often stirring and with more than a sprinkling of romance, the musical magic of the Isles is sure to stir your heart.

Join Hamilton City Brass on a warm summer's evening for Celtic memories filled with the unforgettable sound of pipes and the warm sounds of brass.


A Celtic Journey with Hamilton City Brass

Sunday February 11, 6pm

The Rhododendron Lawn at Hamilton Gardens

BYO seating.

$15 adult, $12 concession (student, 65+), $5 child (5-14), under 5 free.

Tickets from:,, i-Site, Garden Place Members of Hamilton City Brass who will be joined by members of the Hamilton Caledonian Pipe Band for a special concert on February 11 as part of the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival. Photo / Supplied