Grimethorpe Colliery Band review, by Antwanette Brightmore

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THIS was a rousing performance at The Derngate Theatre in Northampton, with a packed programme full of pieces ranging from Elgar’s Nimrod Enigma Variations to Rossini’s William Tell Overture.

There were also solo performances that sounded so pure and delicate in comparison to the vigorous and crashing tones when the band is playing in unison.

The Grimethorpe Colliery Band were brought to our attention with their involvement in the 1995 film Brassed Off, for which it provided the soundtrack and extras for the on-screen band.

The film’s story mirrors the band’s own, it triumphed in a national brass band competition only days after pit closures were announced. The second half of the performance came with some of these tracks that feature in the film.

I seemed to be aware of the sense of pride that the band members carry with them by being part of such a tradition, and every note played was full of emotion and meaning.