Champion brass band in festive concert

Yorkshire Day - Carlton Main Frickley brass band play for the crowds
Yorkshire Day - Carlton Main Frickley brass band play for the crowds

The famous Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band is joining up with the Choir of Sheffield Cathedral for the annual Christmas Brass and Voices concert on Saturday.

With the cathedral currently undergoing renovation the concert will take place this year in Victoria Hall.

After beginning as South Elmsall Village Brass Band in 1884, the band was later adopted by the local Frickley Colliery, which in turn was to become owned by the Carlton Main Coal Company, and by 1923 the band became known by its present name and went on to become one of the best regarded bands in the world.

By the mid 1990s closure of the pits in the UK took its toll and at one point the band was down to only six members and close to extinction. Thanks to their tenacity the band was rebuilt and by 1999 they were Yorkshire Champions and represented Yorkshire at the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

In October this year Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band was crowned as the Champion Band of England after taking third place at the National Championships of Great Britain.

Saturday’s programme ranges from Strauss and the Hallelujah Chorus to seasonal songs such as Jingle Bells, Sleigh Ride and The Snowman with a good sprinkling of carols and is rounded off by the band and choir combining on a finale of Jerusalem.