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Grimethorpe to celebrate 100 years at Durham Cathedral

Saturday 22 July, 2017

The organisers of the Brass in Concert Festival, held annually in November at Sage Gateshead, have announced that they are to host a concert by Grimethorpe Colliery Band to celebrate the centenary of the most successful band in the 40-year history of the leading entertainment contest.

Revealing details of the event, Brass in Concert Chairman John Woods commented: “For some time it has been our intention to expand the Brass in Concert Festival’s activities and the centenary of the most successful band in the event’s history, with 16 victories since 1977, seems like an ideal reason to start.”

John Woods continued: “With support from Banks Group, a longstanding sponsor of Brass in Concert, we will present Grimethorpe Colliery in Concert at Durham Cathedral at 7.30pm on Saturday 14 April. 2018. Grimethorpe will play a varied and entertaining programme, also featuring its outstanding soloists. Full programme details will be released prior to the concert, but it promises to be an unforgettable event that will have great appeal to the banding community in the north of England and beyond.”

Looking ahead to future events of this type John Woods concluded: “This is the first in what we anticipate will be an ongoing series of events around the country, featuring bands that have been supporters of the Brass in Concert Championships over the years. Banding culture in the north of England has benefitted greatly from the existence of Brass in Concert, but we recognise the multi-faceted benefits of spreading our wings and taking the very best of banding entertainment to new places.”

Tickets for Grimethorpe Colliery Band at Durham Cathedral on 14 April are priced at £17 & £20 available exclusively (please do not call  the Cathedral) from Gala Theatre Durham Box Office on 03000 266 600 or online at