Miners Association to play at festival

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

The band’s county debut takes place at Doxford Hall on Friday, November 4, 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 Miner’s Association Brass Band proudly represent 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 their 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,” he said.

“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 and their music is hugely popular and entertaining and their 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,” said Dick.

“If we don’t play what people like, we know they won’t come back after the interval.”

The band was formed in 2009 from the Broughton Brass Band and Hetton Silver Band whose members and traditions it proudly continues.

Now going from strength to strength, 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.

The band will be at full strength with 30 of its players, and an age range of 16 to 70.

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 calling (01668) 283044.

The Northumberland Music Festival, sponsored by the Northumberland Gazette, is the brainchild of Robert Parker, the owner of three of Northumberland’s most prestigious venues where concerts will be held Doxford Hall, Eshott Hall and Guyzance Hall.

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

For anyone wishing to stay overnight, Doxford Hall is offering a special rate of £60 per person.