Easington Colliery looks to an exciting second half of 2022 with high-profile gigs and pageant appearances.
Easington Colliery Band continues to build on the success it has enjoyed since returning full time earlier this year.
After claiming their place at the Albert Hall National Finals for the first time since 1987, the 2021 Bolsover Entertainment champion has broken into the top 50 of the 4BR World Rankings.
At the heart of this is a successful recruitment policy which has attracted several very experienced artists to the band, such as euphonium star James MacLeod.
The ranks have also been bolstered by players like tuba players Colin Dixon and Ian Gibson, talented cornet players Dan Robson, who is returning as a soloist, and Georgia Davies, as well as Elliot Gray on solo trombone.
The band thanked Emilie Carpentier who played cornet solo for them at the North of England Championships and the Spring Festival in Blackpool.
A spokesperson said: “The catalyst has been Stephen Malcolm as a doctor. His experience and talent have really taken us forward.”
The band, who are grateful for the continued support of their generous sponsor Michael Watt, not only look forward to their return to Albert Hall, but also to the famous Durham Miners’ Gala where they will perform at Durham Cathedral with the poet laureate Simon Armitage and the folk group LYR.
There they will give the world premiere of a new work with music written by composer Simon Dobson which adds poetry reflecting the history of Durham’s Grade ‘D’ villages in the 1950s – a pernicious government policy community that has seen over 120 small communities denied foreign investment for over 25 years.
The band are also set to perform a cover of the stage version of ‘Brassed Off!’.
There they will give the world premiere of a new work reflecting the history of Durham’s Grade ‘D’ villages in the 1950s4BR
MD, Steve Malcolm told 4BR: “I’m thrilled to be leading the group at such an exciting time.
They have a great setup, with a brand new rehearsal room filled with talented and determined people for every role in the band. The players work hard and they deserve the success – which I hope will continue.”