A fantastic night of brass and song took place on Sunday (29 October) as Ashington Colliery Band provided a concert as part of Ashington’s 150th Anniversary Celebrations.

The concert also featured renowned North East soprano Susan Robertson who earlier this year was the guest singer at London’s New Year’s Day Parade which was screened around the world.

The well attended concert took place at Northumberland YMCA where the Band are now based.  

The band played a wide variety of music from the march Bramwyn to music from stage and film including Breezin’ Down Broadway and the anthem from the musical Chess.  Susan featured Nessun Dorma, from Puccini, which is always popular with football fans as the theme from the 1990 World Cup, as well as the classics I Could Have Danced All Night, from My Fair Lady, and Time to Say Goodbye.

A highlight of the evening was the rendition of the Miners’ Hymn Gresford, which was particularly poignant with the concert celebrating the history of Ashington.  The Hymn was followed by Susan joining the band for the Requiem from Fell em Doon, written by Derek Hobbs, which was very warmly received by the audience.

The evening was compered by Mr Hilton Dawson who gave knowledgeable and humorous insight to the history of the area.    

The Concert was part of a wide range of events that have taken place in 2017 to mark the 150th Anniversary led by Ashington Town Council and partners. There have been community clean ups, tree planting schemes a number of musical performances as well as the recent placing of a Mining Wheel as an entrance feature to the town.

All funds raised from the evening will go to support Ashington Colliery Band and the Band would like to thank all who made the evening such a success.

Thank you to Keith Saint, from Ashington Camera Club, who took photographs on the evening.

For more information on Ashington Colliery Band find them on Facebook.