Get well and truly brassed off!

ST JOSEPH’S Brass Band are currently locked away in rehearsals for their highly anticipated production of “Brassed Off”. The performance will run for two nights at The Alley Theatre, Strabane on 4th and 5th March at 8pm.

The community brass band are celebrating their 60th anniversary this year and therefore felt it would be wonderful to reprise their highly acclaimed production of “Brassed Off”, which was originally played in Strabane in 2004.

This year however sees the production move to the intimate Alley Theatre, in what is expected to be a performance full of stirring music, laughter and fine acting, all under the guidance of acclaimed local director, John McGinley.

The stage version of “Brassed Off” is based on the BAFTA nominated film of the same name which starred Ewan McGregor, Tara Fitzgerald as “Gloria” and the wonderful Peter Postlewaite. This film told the gripping tale of a struggling Yorkshire pit, the Grimethorpe Colliery, and their pride in the local colliery brass band.

The band endeavours to win a prestigious music competition, whilst the backdrop of pit closures haunts the minds of the brass band members. Inspirational, funny and heartbreaking are only some of the words critics have used to describe this truly wonderful play, which is sure to get a rousing reception within the intimate surroundings of The Alley.

Nathan Flatman, Marketing Officer at The Alley Theatre stated “St Joseph’s Brass Band and the actors involved in the production are busy preparing for this fantastic production. The show is about a community struggling to cope with the threat of closure of their coal mine, using the local colliery band as their beacon of pride and hope for the future. This should be a fantastic show, which although incredibly funny, can also bring a tear to the eye with its moving story.

St Joseph’s have practiced before in The Alley Theatre, the last time was in preparation for the Brass Band Championships held in Armagh, which they won, so we are delighted to have them back for a two night run. The band have previously commented on how perfect the acoustics are in the theatre, so I expect the sound to be fantastic!

Tickets for the show are now on sale at The Alley Theatre and early booking is advisable for this highly anticipated local production.

For further information please contact The Alley Box Office on 02871384444.

Source: Londonderry Sentinel

Spectacular Black Dyke Band impress in Strabane

On Saturday 2nd February the World Famous Black Dyke Band performed a spectacular sell-out concert in St Patrick’s Parish Centre, Strabane – hosted by St Joseph’s Brass Band.


The band was conducted by composer and arranger Dr Peter Graham who directed the band through a varied and extremely entertaining programme full of musicality and panache along with the technical wizardry of the soloists. The appreciative audience were reluctant to let the band leave the stage at the end of the concert and were duly treated to a breathtaking encore to bring the evening to a close.

Full details of the programme are noted below.

  • Queensbury – James Kaye
  • Festive Overture – Shostakovich
  • Blessed Assurance – arr. Bulla – Cornet Soloist: Richard Marshall
  • Trumpet Blues and Cantabile – Harry James
  • Sirocco – arr. Graham
  • Cappriccio Brilliante – Belstedt arr. Smith – Tenor Horn Soloist: Sandy Smith
  • Shine as the Light – Peter Graham


  • Walking with Heroes – Paul Lovatt-Cooper
  • Cappricio Espagnol – Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Cats Tales – Peter Graham – Soloists Showcase
  • Children of Sanchez – arr. Reid Gilje – Flugel Soloist: John Doyle
  • Devil’s Duel – Peter Meechan – Euphonium Soloist: David Thornton
  • D. L. Blues – Don Lusher – Trombone Soloist: Brett Baker
  • Pines of Rome – Respighi arr. Snell

Source: Third Carrick Band