Best of brass puts Yorkshire in the Christmas spirit

The World famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

The World famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

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NOTHING captures the sound of Christmas in Yorkshire more than the joyful music produced by the county’s brass bands, all of whom are currently enjoying their busiest month of the year.

There is something reassuringly romantic about the sound of brass, especially during the festive period, and luckily for us no-one does brass better than the musicians from God’s own country.

Members of the Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

Members of the Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

The current British champions are the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, who pipped rivals Brighouse and Rastrick to the coveted title earlier this year, whilst in May the celebrated Black Dyke Band became European champions for a remarkable thirteenth time.

Having entertained music fans around the world throughout the summer - Grimethorpe played a series of sell-out concerts in Australia, for example – all our bands are now back in the green acres providing their evocative soundtrack to Christmas.

“December is a very important month for a lot of bands because the cashflow we get helps determine what we do next year,” said Peter Haigh, the chairman of Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

“Much of our year is spent playing at festivals and in competitions but it’s always good to come home to Yorkshire and play to fans young and old.”

Christmas is a big time for brass bands in Yorkshire.

Christmas is a big time for brass bands in Yorkshire.

With its traditional and wholesome appeal – not to mention its affordability - brass has always had cross-generational appeal and a brass band concert remains the perfect family entertainment at Christmas.

To find your local brass band visit my-yorkshire.co.uk/organisations/brass-bands.html

Five of the best of Yorkshire brass this Christmas

Thursday December 17

Brassed Off featured Grimethorpe Colliery Band and was filmed in the Barnsley pit village.

Brassed Off featured Grimethorpe Colliery Band and was filmed in the Barnsley pit village.

Grimethorpe Colliery Band Christmas Carol Concert at Emmanuel Church, Barnsley

For tickets call the church on 01226 321511 or email stconcertemmanuel@yahoo.co.uk

Saturday December 19

Brighouse and Rastrick Band Christmas Concert at Harrogate Royal Theatre (2.30pm and 7.30pm).

http://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest?presenter=TLHARROGATE&event=BRHGGS15&eventId=998967

Saturday December 19

Northallerton Silver Band Christmas Concert, Masham Town Hall (7.30pm). Tickets £7.

For tickets call 01609 777 272

Saturday December 19

Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band at Sheffield Cathedral (9.00pm).

Tickets available from the Blue Moon Cafe, 2 St James Street, Sheffield, S1 2EW. Tel: 01142 763 443

Sunday December 20

Black Dyke Band Christmas Concert at Huddersfield Town Hall on Sunday December 20 (7.30). Tickets £13 (£12 concessions).

https://tickets.kirklees.gov.uk/en-GB/events/black%20dyke%20band%20christmas%20concert/2015-12-20_19.30/huddersfield%20town%20hall

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