Backworth Colliery Band

: 130th Durham Miners’ Gala. Picture: DAVID WOOD

Celebrating 125 Years of Banding in the North-East of England.

Backworth Colliery Band is a traditional yet progressive brass band based in the Newcastle-upon-Tyne area. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings at Backworth Social Club (see Contact) and perform at concerts and contests in the North East and further afield.

The band and its members play many varied styles of music from traditional brass band music, dance and swing band, modern pop, classics and film music, as well as the best of modern original composition for the genre.

We are available for hire – from a full brass band to smaller ensembles.

Our junior and training band rehearse every fortnight and give opportunities to people of all ages and abilities to learn to play a brass instrument or percussion and develop their musical abilities.

Latest News Posts

  • Carols at Christmas (part two) - To complete a wonderful year of playing at a variety of events and venues, we did our annual round of Carol concerts at Allendale Village on Tuesday 15th, Earsdon Village Friday 18th, Backworth Village Hall Saturday 19th, Byker roving nativity Monday 21st, NFCE Christmas party Tuesday 22nd and finally Backworth Social Club on Christmas Eve. … Read more Carols at Christmas (part two)
  • A tale of 2 concerts - The band were booked to give 2 Christmas concerts this year. We were back at St Pauls, Whitley Bay on Friday 11th and delighted to be invited for the first time (but not the last) to The Holy Nativity Church in Chapel House on Sunday 13th. Two very contrasting churches, both lovely in their own … Read more A tale of 2 concerts
  • Carols at Christmas (part one) - Obviously not keeping busy enough (joke) we decided to arrange some busking, playing carols in shopping centres to raise money for our trip to the Whit Friday contests next year. The most successful financially was in Eldon Square, Chevy Chase on Sat 28th Nov, followed by ASDA Longbenton (our Musical Director’s favourite shop it would … Read more Carols at Christmas (part one)
  • Beamish - The band performed twice on the bandstand at Beamish Museum in November. It’s fantastic to have such a world class open air museum on our doorstep. The museum goes from strength to strength with work underway to open new sections devoted to the 1950s and 1980s (surely that doesn’t actually count as history – some … Read more Beamish
  • First Annual Concert - The first of what we hope will be an annual event took at place at St Gabriel’s Church in Heaton on Saturday 14th Nov 2015. It was another first in that we were very fortunate to have Tony Harbottle, a fine tenor singer, perform with the band for a few of the numbers, including Do … Read more First Annual Concert

Latest Vacancies

We have a flexible approach to membership, with several players in the band happy to move seats if the right players wish to join. We have currently have specific vacancies for Euphonium, and Bass (either) but always welcome additional players on other instruments. See members page for more details.

Prospective members are more than welcome to come to one of our practices. We rehearse on Tuesday & Thursday evenings at Backworth Social Club – see Map and Directions. We have several instruments that can be loaned if required.

Our Next Events

Date/Time Event
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Festival of Brass Contest
East Durham College, Peterlee, Peterlee County Durham
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
North of England Brass Band Championships
Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham, DH1 1WA, Durham
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Tour of Victoria Tunnel
Ouseburn Trust Offices, Byker
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wansbeck Entertainment Contest
Newbiggin Sports and Community Centre, Newbiggin by the Sea