Published on March 20th, 2018 by gavin

Durham Miners Prepare For Germany Tour

With the 2018 Regional Championships over, Durham Miners Association band can now concentrate on preparing for their tour of Germany. The band, numbering over thirty players, intend to arrive in Germany on Monday 9th April and over the following four days will perform several concerts.

Musical Director Stuart Gray has been busy planning an exciting program which includes pieces such as The Cossack Wedding Dance, the theme from Game of Thrones and classic North Eastern folk tunes such as Blaydon Races and Water of Tyne.

Wesel in the North Rhine-Westphalia region, will be the bands base during this tour. The town is the capital of the Wesel region and was chosen as it is twinned with County Durham. The surrounding area has historical similarities to South Hetton, where the band practise.

In preparation for the tour, the band’s secretary Heather Ward has been working closely with the International Relations Department of Durham Council to organise the event which includes playing at a Civic Reception, the Old Miners Hall in Dinslaken (which has now been turned into an Arts centre) sightseeing trips and, of course, the obligatory tour of a local brewery!

As recently as 2015, the band has also visited Belgium. The highlight of that trip, was performing at the Menin Gate. This time the band will be playing at Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is sure to be a memorable concert.

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