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Brassed Off Comes Home To Yorkshire
Ewan McGregor as Andy, Jim Carter as Harry, Peter Martin as Ernie, Stephen Tompkinson as Phil and Kenneth Colley as Greasley
Grimethorpe Colliery Band and the Orchestra of Opera North are preparing to make history with the Band’s first ever live soundtrack performance of Brassed Off in Yorkshire, part of the Opera North in the City festival on Millennium Square, Leeds on Sunday 29 July.

The much-loved 1996 film, starring Ewan McGregor, Tara Fitzgerald, Pete Postlethwaite and Stephen Tompkinson, follows the struggles of a colliery band after the closure of their pit. Its bittersweet story is loosely based on Grimethorpe's own: in 1992, just five days before the Band was due to compete in the national championships at the Royal Albert Hall, Grimethorpe Colliery was earmarked for closure. They battled on to triumph at the contest, and returned to the Royal Albert Hall last year to celebrate their centenary with the first performance of Brassed Off Live.

In another happy twist to the tale, Grimethorpe’s second ever live performance of the soundtrack – the first in their home county of Yorkshire – follows their recent qualification for this year’s National Brass Band Championship, which will take them back to the Royal Albert Hall to represent Yorkshire in October.

Jim Carter as Harry (centre) and Ewan McGregor as Andy
The real-life stars of Brassed Off, Grimethorpe Colliery Band recorded the original soundtrack, which featured new compositions by Trevor Jones alongside brass band staples like the Florentiner March and arrangements of classical gems. The Orchestra of Opera North will begin the afternoon in Millennium Square with two of those unforgettable tunes in fully orchestrated form: Rossini’s William Tell Overture and of course, Rodrigo’s “Concierto d'Orange Juice”, featuring the brilliant guitarist Craig Ogden – who has recorded all three solo Rodrigo guitar concertos with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

For the first time ever in Yorkshire and by special arrangement with the Royal Albert Hall, Grimethorpe Colliery Band will then take the stage to accompany the film, joined by members of the Orchestra.

Brassed Off Comes Home To Yorkshire, 5th July 2018, 7:06 AM