Brass players come together for miners

The Northumberland Miners' Picnic at Woodhorn.
The Northumberland Miners' Picnic at Woodhorn.
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A collection of 300 players from four brass bands based in the south east of the county will perform together for the first time at the Northumberland Miners’ Picnic on Saturday.

Their performance, called Reflection Connection, is a new piece of music which has been created in partnership with Ashington Colliery Band, Bedlington Brass Band, Ellington Colliery Band, Jayess Newbiggin Brass Band, Music Partnership North – Northumberland, composer Lucy Pankhurst, Woodhorn Museum and Sage Gateshead.

It has been co-commissioned by Woodhorn Charitable Trust through the bait programme.

Their performance is not only inspired by the sounds of Austrian band Mnozil Brass, but by their lively and energetic performance style, which will see the bands move throughout the Woodhorn site.

The annual miners’ picnic is a one day festival at Woodhorn Museum, celebrating local communities.

It will feature live performances, traditional music and dance, brass bands, family craft activities and the Miners’ Memorial Service, which commemorates the mining industry and its people.

It runs from 10am to 5pm.