Exciting new BBC and Brass collaboration

Discussion in 'Bandroom News - User Submitted' started by TheMusicMan, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    EXCITING NEW BBC AND BRASS COLLABORATION

    BBC 2 Has commissioned 3 1 hour shows all about a Yorkshire Brass band.

    The Dinnington Colliery Band in South Yorkshire has survived two World Wars, a Recession, the Miners’ Strike and the closure of their pit… and now it needs YOU to keep it alive!

    The band means everything to the members but they are few and far between. Joan Herdman, her sister Kay and their family have played in it for over 30 years, barely missing a practice in all that time. They’ve witnessed the band go through phenomenal highs and crushing lows and now they’ve hit a rough patch but they’re on a mission to save the band and blow life back into their community. But how to do it in a landscape of apathy with a myriad of modern day distractions?

    Step forward...Sue Perkins.

    Sue, a grade-eight pianist, is passionate about music and ready for her next challenge after winning BBC2’s Maestro. She’s boldly heading North to join forces with the indomitable Joan, Kay and the band. Together they want to restore the fortunes of Dinnington Colliery Band and take them to unprecedented new highs whilst the BBC follow their journey.

    Dinnington Colliery Band are looking for brass and percussion players to help restore them to its former glory and help get them back into contesting. No matter what your experience or ability is, this welcoming, friendly and ambitious band would like to meet you!

    OPEN AUDITIONS ARE HAPPENING BETWEEN 1400 AND 1630 ON SUNDAY 26TH JULY AT Middleton Hall, Barleycroft Lane, Dinnington, Sheffield S25 2LE These auditions will be filmed by the BBC and will make up part of the program.

    CALL 07966830206 OR EMAIL BRASS.BAND@SHINE.TV

    COME ALONG AND KEEP THE TRADITION ALIVE!

    Please note all under 18’s will need a parent or a guardian to accompany them

    The auditions will be filmed

    Many Thanks
    Claire
     
  2. Rapier

    Rapier Supporting Member

    Good luck to them, although it's a shame that it's oop North, (where there always seems to be lots of bands) as opposed to the South West where we are few and far between.
     
  3. KenIrvin

    KenIrvin Member

    Hopefully the publicity will encourage more youngsters (and the not so young) to get involved. TV seems very good at creating fashionable trends. :biggrin:
     
  4. ploughboy

    ploughboy Active Member

    Good luck to all concerned, but is this encouraging band members to jump ship for 10 mins of fame? and can the BBC get a full team together when almost everyone else is struggling!
    From what I saw of Maestro it better be a band who can play every note in the right place as the conductors on there didn't do much rehearsing the orchestra . . . .
     
  5. JonBond

    JonBond Member

    That sounds like a great opportunity for the Brass Banding community to promote itself. However, these programs often have a point to prove, so hopefully they are looking to be positive!

    I wouldn't fancy doing an audition with a film crew in the room though!
     
  6. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    Updated announcement...

    EXCITING NEW BBC AND BRASS COLLABERATION

    BBC 2 Has commissioned 3 1 hour shows all about a Yorkshire Brass band.

    The Dinnington Colliery Band in South Yorkshire has survived two World Wars, a Recession, the Miners’ Strike and the closure of their pit… and now it needs YOU to keep it alive!

    The band means everything to the members but they are few and far between. Joan Herdman, her sister Kay and their family have played in it for over 30 years, barely missing a practice in all that time. They’ve witnessed the band go through phenomenal highs and crushing lows and now they’ve hit a rough patch but they’re on a mission to save the band and blow life back into their community. But how to do it in a landscape of apathy with a myriad of modern day distractions?

    Step forward...Sue Perkins.
    Sue, a grade-eight pianist, is passionate about music and ready for her next challenge after winning BBC2’s Maestro. She’s boldly heading North to join forces with the indomitable Joan, Kay and the band. Together they want to restore the fortunes of Dinnington Colliery Band and take them to unprecedented new highs whilst the BBC follow their journey. They have enlisted the help of Dr Nicholas Childs who will work with band and help them as the navigate their way back to contesting.

    Dinnington Colliery Band are looking for brass and percussion players to help restore them to its former glory. No matter what your experience or ability is, this welcoming, friendly and ambitious band would like to meet you!

    Try outs are happening now so make sure you get in quick!

    CALL 07966830206 OR EMAIL BRASS.BAND@SHINE.TV

    COME ALONG AND KEEP THE TRADITION ALIVE!

    Please note all under 18’s will need a parent or a guardian to accompany them. The auditions will be filmed. If you would like to interview Sue please get in touch so we can organize a time as she will be in Sheffield next week.

    Many thanks

    Sinead
     
  7. Jethro

    Jethro Member

    I am a member of the band who is enjoying the experience of all the hype that goes with it. I would encourage anyone wishing to play in the band to get in touch and come along. Sue is an absolute "head the ball" but is fantastic at what she does. The crew from Shine are brilliant and of course the Messiah himself "Dr Nick". What a team to have to help us rebuild the band and to achieve what we need.
    To everybody who has given their support and best wishes, I thank you on behalf of the band. We are looking forward to getting back to competing again and lets hope we will be able to give some of you lot a run for your money!!.

    If anyone is interested in joining then please contact the numbers provided.

    Jethro:clap:
     
  8. ian perks

    ian perks Active Member

    Can you let us know when the programme will be shown please
     
  9. Jethro

    Jethro Member

    The programmes will be shown on BBC2 in March of next year.

    Hope this helps
     
  10. ian perks

    ian perks Active Member

    :tup
     
  11. theMouthPiece Visitor Guide

    Find more discussions like this one
    Dinnington Colliery Band
    BBC
    BRASS.
    Yorkshire Brass
    AND BRASS COLLABORATION
  12. BigHorn

    BigHorn Active Member

    Interesting. What happens if the auditionees are better than the existing members of the band? Do they get the seat?
     
  13. Jethro

    Jethro Member

    Hi Bighorn. In answer to your question, there are 6 original members of the senior band that were around during the miners strike 25 years ago (doesnt seem that long does it??) and these are the core of the band that the programme first focussed on. The training band has around 20 or so players of varying ages. To enable anyone to join the senior band and to subsequently do contesting, auditions have been taking place to get in fresh blood. All of the members of the training band who wish to join the senior band have had to audition. In answer to your question then, if a player comes along who in the bands opinion is better than the existing player, then they would get the seat
    We think this is the fairest solution

    Jethro:p
     
  14. tromdemon

    tromdemon New Member

    Sorry Jethro, I don't understand. Surely you are not saying that, with the exception of these core players, everyone else's seat is up for grabs. This band participated in the area contest of 2007 - are you saying that, with the exception of these core players, the band no longer contains any residue of that band?
     
  15. Jethro

    Jethro Member

    Hiya tromdemon,
    I might have mis-led a little. What I was trying to say is that the majority of the band that played for the past couple of years were the training band. The seats that are up for grabs are the ones that are empty after the training band players (who wish to) have auditioned and the seats have been filled by them.A lot of the training band have shown a desire not to go into the senior band just yet, but to continue within the training band. Natural progression will eventually happen as in most bands with training and senior bands. We do not have enough "capable" players to fill the seats hence the auditions taking place.

    Hope this helps

    Jethro:D
     
  16. Mesmerist

    Mesmerist Well-Known Member

    We have just lost a player to Dinnington... Hey ho there you go...
     
  17. ploughboy

    ploughboy Active Member

    I had a phone call from a BBC researcher - you'd have thought she'd have "researched" the fact I conduct a fairly local band to Diinington and wouldn't be recommending players to head down there, as opposed to playing for us! She was very friendly.
     
  18. BigHorn

    BigHorn Active Member

    Blimey, its a long round trip to Dinnington from Bournemouth.
     
  19. Rapier

    Rapier Supporting Member

    So they have a flourishing Training Band? Doesn't sound like they need much help then. There are a lot of bands far worse off than them.
     
  20. Mesmerist

    Mesmerist Well-Known Member

    Ha ha. :) Well he lives oop north but works down here when he is not away at sea. Fine fine Bass trombone player. And very handsome too. Bit of a loss to us!:(
     
  21. Jethro

    Jethro Member

    Yes know who you mean and true a brilliant trombonist to boot...........;)
     
  22. theMouthPiece Visitor Guide

    Find more discussions like this one
    Dinnington Colliery Band
    BBC
    BRASS.
    Yorkshire Brass
    AND BRASS COLLABORATION

Share This Page