Today has seen the band perform at Shadforth Show which also included their fabulous Scarecrow Trail. We played to a great audience and we even baked in the sun. A big thank you goes to David, Kath and Martin for helping us out today. We really appreciate the help.
It was a pleasure to catch up with Angelo Bearpark at Geneva Instruments' Bandroom Open Day today after quite a while.
During the band's exchange trip to Switzerland in 2010, Angelo met the Band (after a few entries on the Band's Guestbook prior) at one of the concerts which the Band performed at, along with playing with the Band.
To read more about the band's exchange trip to Switzerland in 2010, click here
The band were delighted to provide evening entertainment at the wedding of Emma and Toby at the stunning venue of Lartington Hall tonight. The bride and groom chose all their own music and the guests danced the night away. It is definitely up there as being one of the best jobs the band has done. A massive thank you to Joe, Jim, Beth, Martin and Amy for helping us out.
Congratulations to the happy couple from all at Bearpark & Esh Colliery Band.
The band girls had a fabulous night out in Durham tonight. The first of many to come as it was decided to make this a regular event on the calendar.
This weekend has seen the band perform at Langley Park on Saturday for a World War One centenary event and at Beamish Museum on Sunday.
The Band playing the March 1914 at Langley Park
The Band played in the Masonic Hall at Beamish Museum due to the rain and wind on Sunday. We had a steady flow of people listening to us all afternoon. A huge thank you goes to Kath for helping us out today. We really appreciate the help from all the deps that have come to help over our summer season. This is the last public job the band has for this summer and we now enjoy a well earned rest and the weekends band free to spend with our families. Thank you to all of our supporters and people who have engaged the band or donated over the last two months.
Today saw the band play at a very hot South Shields Amphitheatre. There was a fantastic crowd which enjoyed the programme we played. A big thank you goes to Kath for helping us out today.
The band have had a fabulous day at Durham Miners Gala and we enjoyed entertaining the general public and our trusty followers. We would like to say a massive well done to our youngest member Leila who made her debut today marching. We are very proud of her and how well she managed.
We would also like to say a big thank you to Iain, Jordan, Yvan, Garry, Kevin, Jonny, Amy, Beth W, Beth J, Christian, Steady and Ben for helping us out.
Thanks also to the banner groups of Esh Winning, West Rainton and Shotton Colliery for supporting the band. Together we help to keep the mining heritage of our area alive.
To see the images and videos from today, click read more
This weekend has seen the band perform at an engagement at Esh Village for a 1st World War commemoration event on Saturday (7th July) and at Wharton Park on Sunday (8th July).
On Saturday, the band performed at a World War 1 commemoration event on Esh Village Green. There was a lovely community atmosphere with lots to offer everyone including somewhere to watch the England match. Thank you to Dave, Sean and James for helping us out on Saturday.
On Sunday, the band performed at Wharton Park in Durham. There was a great audience despite the sweltering heat as the sun came out. The band would also like to say a warm welcome to Devin Gaskell, who has joined the band on 2nd horn which has now completed our horn section. We would also like to say a big thank you to Dave and Abi for helping us out on Sunday, it is much appreciated.
To view the images from the jobs over this weekend, please click on read more.
The band would like to say a huge congratulations to our members Richard and Charlotte who have graduated today from New College Durham. Here they are with our conductor Phillip - well done guys.
The Band were placed a respectable 5th place at the Picnic in the Park contest at Houghall College today
The band participated in the Picnic in the Park Entertainment Contest at Houghall College today and we managed to come in a respectable 5th place. Congratulations goes to Easington, Houghton and Westoe for taking the top three prizes. To see the images from the day, click read more.
The band would also like to take this opportunity to welcome our newest recruit, Charlotte Tait, to the band. She made her debut today on the percussion section.
We would also like to thank Dave, Jimmy and Beth for helping us out today and our regular players Ben and Simon.
Our 20 minute programme consisted of:
All Night Long
Abide with Me -Hyme Tune
Live and Let Die - Soprano Solo (Nicola Evans)
Ballerina - March
The full results are as follows:
1st - Easington
2nd - Houghton
3rd - Westoe
4th - NASUWT Concert Band
5th - Bearpark & Esh Colliery Band
6th - DMA
7th - Valley Brass
8th - Felling
Tonight the band performed at the opening concert for the Sunderland Armed forces Weekend in Seaburn. We had the chance to run out our entertainments programme for Sunday and we ended the night with the traditional Last Night of the Proms with the singer's Julie and John. To view the images from the night, click read more
The band are very pleased and proud to have been awarded 4th place overall today at the Beamish March & Hymn Contest today. Our congratulations to Easington, Westoe and Ferryhill for picking up the top 3 positions.
The full results for Section A were:
1) Easington Colliery (Jonathan Fenwick)
2) Westoe (Selwyn Thompson)
3) Ferryhill Town (Gareth Sykes)
4) Bearpark and Esh Colliery (Phillip Tait)
5) Durham Miners Association (Stuart Gray)
6) Houghton Brass (Lee Morris)
7) NASUWT Concert (Andrew Hall)
8)North Skelton (Lewis Wilkinson)
Best Hymn Tune :- Easington Colliery
Best March :- Easington Colliery
To view the photos from the day, please click on Read More below. The photos taken are from Hugh Stephenson
The band had an enjoyable afternoon at the beer & hymns event at St John's Church, Nevilles Cross, Durham today. Despite the sudden heavy shower, the congregation were in fine voice.
Today was also the first job for Harry, who has joined the band on Bass Trombone. We hope he has a long and happy future with us.
Tonight has seen the Band performed a fabulous concert alongside guest soloist Jamie Beeston, Principal Euphonium of the NASUWT Riverside Band, and the choir from Pittington Primary School to raise money for the Together Forever Trust. We played a wide variety of entertaining music to please all ages in the audience.
Tonight also saw the debut performance for Jill Johnson who has recently joined the Band on 2nd Trombone.
We would also like to say a big thank you to all of the borrowed players who helped out at the concert (Steve, Jimmy, Adam, Jenny and Ed). We really appreciate your help. To view the images and the videos from the concert, click Read More
The Band have had the honour of performing at Lindsey (Solo Horn) and David's (Percussion) Wedding at Lartington Hall, Barnard Castle today. It was a pleasure to play for them and we hope that they have many happy years to come.
Today saw the band compete in the North of England Brass Band Championships at the Gala Theatre in Durham today, in the 2nd Section and were placed 8th, which is a result the band didn't want, but we are a one very proud band to say we came together as a team and pulled out a performance we were extremely proud of. We have reached new levels both as a band and as individual players and we don't need a contest to tell us how much we have improved.
A massive thank you goes to Ben, Iain, Garry, Emilie, Carsten, Simon and Lisa for all of your hard work helping us over the last 3 months.
A special thank you goes to Joanna, one of our Solo Cornet players, for stepping up to the mark today on principal cornet. Michael, our usual principal cornet, had to sit out of the two contests (DCBBA Contest in February & this contest) due to recuperation from a major operation. We will live to fight another day.
The band would also like to congratulate our conductor, Phillip Tait, for winning Best Soprano and for his band, NASUWT Riverside Band, coming first in the Championship Section for the second year running.
To view the images from the contest weekend, then click Read More
Unfortunately, the band practice tonight was cancelled due to the snow, which puts a brief holt to the runup of the Area Contest but it hasn't stopped our members though. One of our younger members parents challenged the members to take the ice bucket challenge to the next level to show our dedication to the band. The MND Association are challenging people to do a snow angel in their pjs and our members have taken this one step further - to also play whilst they do their snow angel.
To raise money and awareness for this worthy cause, we have decided to nominate other bands and their members to take part and post on their various social media pages. All of the attempts from the band can be found by clicking Read More.
The text code is SNAA55 followed by the amount to the number 70070
Tonight has seen members from the band form a small band to perform in Sherburn Church. They were part of various acts performing on the night helping to raise money for a new church roof.
The band are delighted to have been awarded 3rd place at the Durham Brass Band Association Contest. Great feedback from the adjudicator Leigh Baker to work on ready for the area. We would like to say a massive thank you to Colin, Tony and Laura for helping us out today.
The band were also proud of our secretary, Marion, who was presented with a certificate and trophy from the Durham County Brass Band Association in recognition of 50 Loyal and Dedicated Years Service to the Brass Band Movement. All of these have been with Bearpark & Esh and we wish to take this opportunity to thank her for all of the hard work she puts in to keep us all in check and the superb job she does as Secretary of the Band.
To see the images from the contest, click on Read More. Some photos are courtesy of Yvonne Wood.
The band would like to formally welcome Ashley and Frank who have joined us on 2nd Cornet and Bb Bass ahead of our appearance at the Durham County Brass Band Association contest tomorrow. We hope you both have a long and happy time with the band.
The band completed a workshop day in preparation for the Area Contest in March. The day started with sections with tutors, full band work and then finished the day off with a mini concert to the general public. Lots of hard work done and the piece is sounding great. We would like to to say a big thank you to Ed Chapman, Mal Gill and Michael Fairless for working alongside Phillip and Michael as tutors to the various sections. Also, the band would like to thank Pittington Primary School for the use of the School and the facilities for the day, it is very much appreciated.
Some images from the day are courtesy of Cameracraft and some are courtesy of Nathan Clark Media and to see the images, click on Read More.
Tonight has seen the band have it's first social night of the year, which was a a surprise 60th party for our secretary Marion who's birthday was back in December. Although Marion thought she knew something was cracking off she didn't know that one of our cornet players Laura would be there. Unfortunately Laura left us in September due to a relocation to Leeds and spent a lot of time in Portugal with her family before moving so we didn't get a chance to say a proper goodbye. Tonight became that opportunity. You will be sorely missed in our band Laura and we wish you all the best for the future. It was a fantastic night with many more on the cards in 2018.
We would like to wish all of our friends and followers a very Merry Christmas. We hope you all have a very happy and healthy 2018. Thank you all for your support over the last year and look forward to making more banding memories in the new year. The video is our message from us to all of you.
The Band have finished the final 4 jobs in December and 2017. Tuesday saw the band perform at St Thomas' Church at Stanley Crook, performing alongside the Crook and Weardale Choral Society. It is one of the band's favourite concerts throughout the Christmas Season and it was a thoroughly enjoyable performance by both the Band and the Choir.
Thursday and Friday saw the band perform outside at Sainsbury's (Arnison Centre in Durham). A big thank you goes to all the shoppers who stopped and listened to us and put something in our collecting buckets. It is very much appreciated.
Saturday saw the band play in the final job of 2017 in Durham Market Place. Thank you to everyone who dug deep on Saturday and put a donation into our collecting buckets. It is much appreciated. Thank you also goes to David who helped us out on Euphonium today, the help was really much appreciated.
Overall, the band have really enjoyed spreading Christmas cheer to people right across County Durham throughout 2017. A big thank you goes to everyone who saw us performing during the Christmas Season and by digging deep and putting a donation into our collecting buckets throughout all the jobs where we were collecting.
A hard earned break now begins for the band and once the New Year comes,, it will be time to start preparing for the League Contest (Durham County Brass Band Association Contest) on Sunday 4th February and more importantly, preparing for the Area Contest (North of England Brass Band Championships) in March 2018.
To look at the images and view the videos from the past week's performances, please click on Read More
The third week of December has finally been completed for the Band with 3 jobs completed but unfortunately 1 was cancelled. Thursday saw the Band perform at Newhouse Club in Esh Winning. It was good to see Doug Cairns in the audience. We also featured Richard & Anna from the Back Row playing Little Donkey.
Friday saw the Band perform at Beamish Museum's Christmas Night. It was great to see so many people enjoying the Christmas Market Stalls
The Band were meant to perform at Bishop Auckland's Christmas Market on Saturday but the organisers cancelled it. This meant the Band got a much needed day off.
The Band played for the final time this week at Wharton Park on Sunday. However, it was a very damp and cold morning and due to the weather, we were only able to play Christmas Carols, but we still made the park feel festive.
To look at the images from the past week's performances, please click on Read More.