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 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. 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 these days and that reflects a resurgence of interest in the traditions of brass playing, as well the popular programme they play.

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 on line from www.nmfestival.com or by ringing 01668283044.

The Northumberland Music Festiva, sponsored by the Morpeth Herald, 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.

Other highlights include: Gala opera concerts, presented by Robin Newton, head of music at the renowned Garsington Opera; Gilbert & Sullivan, featuring former singers of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company; the Kingsmead String Quartet; a piano concert by pupils from Chetham’s School of Music, the UK’s largest specialist music school; Northumbrian Pipes and Fiddles and The Northumbrian Ranters.

For anyone wishing to attend the concert and stay overnight, Doxford Hall is offering a special rate of £60 per person sharing a room bed and breakfast. Visit www.nmfestival.com

The Herald is offering readers the chance to win two tickets to the Miners Association 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 is Friday, September 30.