Brass Band Summer Series at National Coal Mining Museum

Brass Band Summer Series at National Coal Mining Museum


The iconic sound of brass bands will fill the air at the National Coal Mining Museum (NCMME) this June and July. Visiting bands will provide free performances every weekend up until the start of the summer holidays.

Event Overview

From Sunday 23 June to Saturday 20 July, seven bands will take turns to perform at the Museum. Some ensembles are local to the area, such as those from Wakefield and Huddersfield, while others will travel from further afield, including Mansfield and Oldham.

  • Date Range: 23 June – 20 July
  • Performance Times: Three 45-minute sets between 11:45am – 4pm
  • Location: Pit Yard, NCMME
  • Cost: Free

Performance Schedule

  • Sun 23 June – Uppermill Brass Band
  • Sat 29 June – Sherwood Forest Brass Band
  • Sun 30 June – Grange Moor Brass Band
  • Sat 6 July – Grange Moor Youth Training Band
  • Sun 7 July – Huddersfield and Ripponden Brass Band
  • Sun 14 July – Dodworth Colliery Brass Band
  • Sat 20 July – Hade Edge Band

Special Highlights

Visitors will hear brass banding classics, interpretations of film and show tunes, singalong anthems, and much more – all within the iconic surroundings of the Museum’s original colliery buildings.

Saturday 6 July will be particularly exciting, as the Museum’s Youth Arts Festival, entitled ‘Rock Hard Revolt,’ will take place. This day-long free event, organised by the Coal Camaraderie Youth Panel, features craft workshops, live music, theatre, and a placard march.

Historical Significance

The Summer Series highlights the importance of brass bands within coal mining communities, demonstrating their ability to unite people and provide a creative outlet for miners. The long history and evolution of brass banding is also echoed, from the oldest band performing – Dodworth Colliery Brass Band (founded in 1836) – to Grange Moor Youth Training Band, whose young performers are keeping the tradition alive for future generations.

Visitor Information

Visitors are welcome to bring their own camping chairs to enjoy these free performances. For more information, please visit the NCMME website.

Comments from NCMME

“We are thrilled to be hosting a fantastic array of brass bands over the next two months, bringing us into summer in style. Brass banding is a huge part of our heritage and keeps the spirit and stories of coal mining alive for all ages with their unmistakable sound.”

Lynn Dunning, CEO at NCMME

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National Coal Mining Museum, Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, WF4 4RH
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6th Jul - 20th Jul, 2024
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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