Pie and peas premiere

The Durham Miners Colliery Band.
The Durham Miners Colliery Band.

THE Durham Miners Association Brass Band is crossing the Tyne to play in Northumberland for the first time.

The band’s county debut takes place at Doxford Hall in November as part the Northumberland Music Festival.

With music chosen to reflect local melodies and songs, and a supper of pie and peas, concert goers are in for a treat.

The Durham Miners Association Brass Band proudly represents the brass and percussion tradition of the North East with music that has filled the air at numerous local, regional and international festivals, as well as the Sage Gateshead.

Secretary Dick Quinn is very excited about the band’s first concert, north of Tyneside.

“We’re absolutely delighted to be playing on new ground and this will be a new sort of venture for us. Although we have not finalised the programme, the theme will reflect Tyneside and Northumberland. Expect to hear Blaydon Races, The Water of Tyne and Songs of the Quay, at the very least.”

The band has a big following.

Its music is hugely popular and entertaining and the concert will also include iconic film and favourite classical music such as Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances and The Benedictus from Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man, and entertaining showpieces, including a medley of Barry Manilow’s greatest hits.

“We aim to be popular, we are not a highbrow band. If we don’t play what people like, we know they won’t come back after the interval, said Dick”

The band naturally has strong links with the Durham Miners Association and plays at its annual gala. Going back to 1887, the band can proudly point to the many award-winning musicians it has produced.

The Doxford concert is on Friday, November 4 at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £30 which includes concert ticket, pie and peas supper with a pint or a Pimms.

They are available to buy online from www.nmfestival.com or by ringing 01668283044.

The Northumberland Music Festival, sponsored by the Northumberland Gazette, is the brainchild of Robert Parker, the owner of Doxford Hall, Eshott Hall and Guyzance Hall.

It is supporting the Great North Air Ambulance, MacMillan Cancer Support and HospiceCare North Northumberland.

The Gazette is offering readers the chance to win two tickets to the Durham Miners Association Brass Band concert.

For a chance to win, answer the following:

To when does the miners band date?

Fill in the entry form and send it to Miners Competition, Northumberland Gazette, 32 Bondgate Without, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1PN.

The closing date for entries is Friday, September 30.