Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Brass Band
Playing at Eroica Britannia is our favourite job of the year and we always draw in a crowd that is always willing to join in and have fun which is what we are all about. Many of our band members also stay over for the weekend because it is an amazing festival and we are honoured to be asked back year after year!
Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Brass Band is based in the historical market town of Chesterfield in Derbyshire. Since the decline of the coal industry in the UK which provided much needed funding to the brass band movement many bands found it a struggle to survive. Some bands folded altogether but many merged and this is what the Ireland Colliery the Chesterfield Band and Pearsons Pottery Band did in the late eighties to form what has now become Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Band. Colliery brass bands are part of the cultural history and heritage of the local area and the Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Band through its players and committee are committed to maintain this link for future generations. At Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Band our purpose and ethos is to make music whilst enjoying the camaraderie that being part of a team provides but most of all to have fun! The current band has a mixture of youth and experience led by our Musical Director - Richard Windle. Their performance at Eroica will be a mix of New Favourites and Old Classics.
At Eroica Britannia we're all about cycling! Can you tell us about the first bike you owned?
Given the age of some of the band it may be a Penny Farthing
Can you tell us about a memorable bike ride or cycling related story?
I think that it would have made the newspapers had 25 brass players and 3 percussionists had a memorable bike ride!
What are your top 3 festival essentials that you always pack?
Wellies, music and money for an ice cream
Your soundtrack of the summer?
Our soundtrack of the summer will be Honest Toil - this is a brass band march that we will be playing at the Whit Friday Marches Competition and we will play it around 8 times in one night!
What’s your greatest adventure to date?
Moving from the 4th section of the Brass Band world all the way up to the First Section - think of it like Football Leagues!
Your enjoying a picnic on a summer’s day what favourites are in your picnic box?
Beer, Pork Pies and Bananas
Eroica Britannia are known for their stylish customers who are your style icons?
We have recently updated our uniforms to all in black with a splash of purple so I would have to say that we are our own style icons ha ha!
Favourite ice-cream flavour and topping?
Mint Choc Chip dipped in Pistachios
Favourite thing that gets you excited for summer?
The Whit Friday Marches - it symbolises the beginning of summer by usually raining
Favourite summer tipple?
Any festival rituals before you head on stage?
We always come on to the stage in an orderly fashion - over than that we are always quite relaxed and just looking forward to the performance
If you could ride on the back of anyone's bike who would it be and why?
Jason Kenny, the speed would be awesome!
Have you ever visited the Peak District before?
Hundreds of times!
What are you most looking forward to at Eroica Britannia?
Best in Show and seeing all of the stalls too