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Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of ‘Brassed Off’ at The Civic

Released in 1996, ‘Brassed Off’ tells the story of a colliery brass band conductor struggling to maintain the morale of his musicians when the future of the pit is thrown into doubt. Filmed in and around Barnsley, The Civic programmes events celebrating the success of the Bafta-nominated comedy drama blockbuster and it’s meaning to the community.

Helen Ball, Chief Executive at The Civic, Barnsley explains further: “Throughout 2016, to mark the twentieth anniversary of Brassed Off we will be celebrating Barnsley’s special relationship with brass music. We begin this season by bringing together brass musicians with contemporary dance and circus artists: the results of which are really exciting and now to be missed!” 

Members of the Carlton Main Frickley Band will perform live in Barnsley-born award winning choreographer, Gary Clarke’s production of COAL. The dance theatre piece is an emotional, moving and ever-relevant exploration of community, solidarity and survival in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Miner’s Strike. At The Civic Friday 19 and Saturday 20 February, the Friday night show has already sold-out.

Frumptarn Guggenband and Barnsley Town Concert Band will make a guest appearance in the UK premiere of Opus 7 by French circus company Circa Tsuica, on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 February. The show is an hour of non-stop beats, risk-taking circus tricks and quirky humour where the performers never drop a note.

Frumptarn are one of the leading Guggen bands in the UK and most recently performed at The Civic’s A Festive Apothecarium last year. Keith Framskill, band leader of Frumptarn Guggenband comments:

"We are so excited to be a part of this fantastic performance. Being a Barnsley based band we have brass running through our veins and are thrilled to be presented with the chance to work with such an inspiring group of performers who really take the concept of "brass band" and turn it on it's head!"

The Barnsley Town Concert Band currently have 42 members with an age range of 10 – 26. The band will learn three compositions from the company’s repertoire and will be introduced to Circa Tsuica’s techniques of ‘sound painting’ and moving as they play. Alex Francis from the Barnsley Music Service comments:

“This project takes the band out of it's comfort zone and opens their eyes to a different world of both music and performance Circa Tsuica have provided an incredibly special opportunity for the young people of Barnsley Town Concert Band, which we are delighted to be part of.”

Find out more about COAL

Find out more about OPUS 7