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Chance to perform at National Coal Mining Museum

A scattered crowd of people facing a performance and clapping. In the background there is a large warehouse-style building and some bunting
Tuesday, 1 June, 2021

A new partnership event from Brass Bands England and the National Coal Mining Museum will see brass bands perform at a special event this summer.

Application is currently open for bands who wish to perform at the event, which will take place on 24 July 2021. The day will mark the opening of a new exhibition at the museum, Gala Day!, which will explore over 200 years of Miners’ Galas.

Showcasing a range of objects from the museum’s collection, Gala Day! will share memories and experiences from mining communities, allowing visitors to experience some of the joy and pride surrounding the coal mining industry. From banners and bands, to sports events and union rallies; despite the pit closures, the gala day remains at the heart of many former mining communities.

As part of the launch day, the museum will see bands playing in varied locations across the site, including the Power House, Pit Head Baths, the Summer Beach, and the Pit Yard. Bands will be asked to play three short sets of music in different locations across the museum site (which can be the same each time if desired), across the afternoon.

From applications, three bands will be chosen to perform. A fee will be offered to each performing band.

Those interested in attending the opening event or attend the Gala Day! exhibition can find details on the National Coal Mining Museum's website.

Bands interested in applying to perform should email alex@bbe.org.uk by 9 June 2021.