Bearpark and Esh Colliery Band is part of a national initiative launched by Brass Bands England to save the many UK brass bands who are struggling to survive through the COVID-19 pandemic. Brass bands are a core of their local community, and many risk disappearing altogether without your help.
We are Crowdfunding to make our band hall Covid safe so we can resume playing while enuring every player's safety.
Why are we crowdfunding?
In order to be able to continue rehearsing and performing, we need to be able to safely use our band hall. Since brass playing is a higher risk activity we need to take all possible measures to ensure our players' safety.
Your donations will be used to purchase and install a ventilation system to improve air flow in the band hall and conform to the best practice and guidelines for the safe practice of brass music.
About Bearpark and Esh
The Bearpark and Esh Colliery Band are a 2nd Section band based in Esh Winning, approximately 6 miles west of Durham City. It is one of the few remaining colliery bands to keep the mining heritage alive in the local villages. The band have their own rehearsal premises and welcome any player who would like to join the band or come along for a blow.
The Band also has a learners section which meets every Wednesday between 6.30pm-7.30pm and all are welcome.
The Band usually has a full a varied programme to suit all tastes. We have engagements throughout the North East of England throughout the Summer season and a very full list throughout December. The band also competes in contests within the year at traditional and entertainment contests.
About Save Our Brass Bands
Brass bands exist in every corner of the UK, with over 30,000 people of all ages and standards taking part in weekly activity – rehearsing, performing and providing entertainment for their local community.
But we risk losing this forever.
Brass Bands saw their main source of income disappear in an instant when they ceased being able to perform in March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Months later, we still don’t know when normal performances will be able to take place. A significant loss in income over the Summer months, paired with necessary expenditure needed to make rehearsal spaces Covid compliant means that many Brass Bands are in a perilous financial situation.
Without urgent support, we could lose our nation’s amazing Brass Bands. Please help us to make sure they survive this crisis and will be there to be enjoyed by future generations.
Please donate, share this page widely and do what you can to help us to make sure our Brass Bands survive this crisis.