VIDEO; Brass brings big harmony

SCHOOL bosses say a brass band spectacular did its bit in bringing the community together when more than 1,000 people attended.

Easington Colliery Primary School organised a live musical festival called Brasstonbury which featured around 300 East Durham musicians.

The Brasstonbury Festival at Easington Colliery Primary School featured 350 musians from East Durham and performances from pupils of the school. The Easington Colliery Primary Clarinets on stage.

The Brasstonbury Festival at Easington Colliery Primary School featured 350 musians from East Durham and performances from pupils of the school. The Easington Colliery Primary Clarinets on stage.

Italian brass band Bandakadabra joined in the fun to celebrate the talent of the areas’s young musicians.

During the first event of its kind, Durham Music Service worked in partnership with the school as well as Easington Academy and Seaham Trinity Primary School.

The event, part of BRASS: Durham International Festival, also involved Durham Music Service ensembles.

These included The Brasstonbury Wind Band, The Brasstonbury Brass Band, East Durham Samba Band, East Durham District Orchestra and East Durham Guitar Group.

The event, which took place last Sunday, also featured a bouncy castle, face-painting and tombolas.

Katrina Coxon, the school’s business manager, said: “It was very successful, we had a lot of positive feedback from families.

“The 50-strong school choir performed songs from our forthcoming production of Annie and it was also a great chance to show off the school. People stayed right until the end.

“We have done it once and it’s something we would look to putting on in the future.

“One parent said it really brought the community together, which is really important in this area.”

The event took place in the school yards, the sports yard inside the school and in the school’s enclosed courtyard.

Meanwhile, BRASS continues in East Durham when beat-boxing brass trio BoldAs perform at Castle Eden Village Hall at 7pm on Friday, July 12. Tickets are £2.50 and available by calling (01429) 838337.

Bandakadabra return to East Durham on Monday, July 15 , at 7pm when they play at Blackhall Community Centre.

The eight-piece group performs different musical styles and moods, from wild Balkan rhythms to traditional marching themes, Latin and jazz. Tickets are £2 and available from the centre on (0191) 5867396. French ensemble Le Gros Tube will perform at St Cuthbert’s Church, in St Cuthbert’s Road, Peterlee, from 7pm on July 15. Tickets are £2 on (0191) 5862630 or (01740) 622849. Under-10s go free.

There is another chance to see Bandakadabra, at the Hazlewell Centre, in Windsor Terrace, Haswell, at 7.30pm on Friday, July 19. Tickets are £4 or £3 for concessions by calling (0191) 5267455.