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WORLD-CLASS brass band music comes to Bridlington this Saturday when Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band joins forces with the Priory Church choir for a spectacular concert.

‘Christmas Brass & Voices’ at the Priory sees a mixture of traditional carols and rousing seasonal numbers from one of the country’s premier brass bands.

The concert starting at 7pm has become a regular December event at the Priory and the band is returning after appearing two years ago and in succession to Yorkshire Imperial Band last year.

A highlight of the evening will be provided by piper Drum Major David Bright of the City of Sheffield Pipe Band, who will play an introduction and later join the band for Amazing Grace.

The forty-strong Priory Choir, now the last surviving traditional boys and adults church choir in the county, will sing carols conducted by Michael Smith with organist John Hughes playing the magnificent organ which was restored at a cost of £600,000 five years ago.

Choral sections will alternate with the band playing more than a dozen pieces from its wide repertoire, music by Prokofiev and Khachaturian, Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus and numbers featuring cornet and euphonium solos.

Choir, band and audience join together for popular carols and the Blake/Parry Jerusalem which ends the evening.

Phillip McCann, a leading figure in the brass band world and head of brass and woodwind at Huddersfield University, conducts the band and the evening will be compered by Yorkshire based broadcaster Blair Jacobs.

Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band was revived in the 1990s and is currently ranked number six in the world receiving titles including European Champions, British Open Champion, Yorkshire Champions and BBC Best of Brass.

The concert is to raise funds for the Priory and tickets at £10 are available from the Priory shop or on the door.

Accompanied under-18s are admitted free.