Brass band to star at Royal Albert Hall

Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band.
Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band.

Top musicians in Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band are blowing their own trumpets after reaching the national brass band championships in London.

The band will be heading to the Royal Albert Hall in October for the event after winning the Yorkshire Regional Brass Band Championships.

The South Elmsall band, were crowned regional winners after performing The Torchbearer by Peter Graham at St George’s Hall in Bradford on Sunday, March 8.

Band member Jessica Martin, who plays the solo horn, said: “It was an unbelievable feeling when we won.

“We have all worked so hard and we are all excited to be playing at the Royal Albert Hall.

“The band has qualified five times out the last six years and it is a privilege to play there again.”

Miss Martin, 25, joined the group last year and said her colleagues were looking forward to competing against the top bands in the world.

She added: “We are a tight team with a great level of respect and friendship.

“We have quite a few young members in the band so for some of them it will be their first time playing at the Albert Hall which is exciting.”

Members will be raising money throughout the year to help fund the trip.

Miss Martin predicts the cost for hotels and travel for the 30-strong band will be around £10,000.

She said: “With the Rugby World Cup this year hotel prices have doubled so it is quite expensive. We don’t have a sponsor but we will do all we can to get there and perform.”