Band will be brassed off at The Crossing

.Thoresby Brass Band in training at Edwinstowe tonight
.Thoresby Brass Band in training at Edwinstowe tonight

Thoresby Colliery Band will be appearing at The Crossing next weekend, fundraising for their trip to the National Brass Band Championships in October.

They qualified for the prestigious event in the Midlands heat of the competition.

Their show Brassed Off! will be conducted by Lee Baker at the Worksop venue on Saturday 25th June.

Band treasurer Bob Craddock said: “It’s an honour and a real tribute to the band’s hard work to be able to play at the finals in the Royal Albert Hall in October but it also comes at a cost, so we asked if we could bring a concert to The Crossing to help our fundraising.”

“And what could be more appropriate than to include the music of the much-loved film ‘Brassed Off’ where the brass band of a small mining village travelled to London to take on the big bands.”

The Midlands Regional Championships were held in Bedworth Civic Hall earlier this year, conducted by Ian Porthouse. Despite being drawn in the dreaded number one in the order of play, Bob said the band gave a brilliant performance of the Paganini Variations to qualify, along with the Virtuosi GUS Band.

Band manager Nick Harris said: “We really would like to thank Ian Porthouse for his fantastic work in preparing us and also our resident conductor Huw Thomas for his hard work.”

“It’s 10 years since we last went to the finals in London and for many band members it will be their Royal Albert Hall debut.”

The band has improved over the past year and that the qualification for London is richly deserved.

Formed in 1948, almost all the musicians of Thoresby Colliery Band were miners from the mighty pit and would spend their days underground before heading to band practice or to represent the colliery in competitions against rival pits. Now, Thoresby is one of very few remaining active pits in Nottinghamshire and its musicians now come from all walks of life, from teachers and engineers to driving instructors and a solicitor.

A Music at The Crossing spokesman added: “It’s always a delight to welcome Thoresby Band who seem to enjoy playing at The Crossing as we’re certainly anything but ‘brassed off’ with them.”

“It’s sad that we shan’t hear the wonderful Pete Postlethwaite introducing Tara Fitzgerald playing Rodrigo’s ‘Concert De Orange Juice’ but doubtless we shall get a great Nottinghamshire 2011 rendition of the piece from the band.”

Thoresby Colliery Band’s Brassed Off! show will start at 7.30pm. Doors open 6.45pm. Ticket prices are £12, concessions £11, children and students £4 from The Crossing’s welcome desk or order by phone on 01909 475421 or by email to

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