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St Hilda's Colliery Band (1869 - 1937)


The brass band was established in South Shields in 1869, originally called Dennison's Family Band, but renamed St Hilda Colliery Band in 1906, after winning 13 local competitions. In 1912, the band progressed from the regional finals to go on and win the brass band National Championship of Great Britain. The finals were held at Crystal Palace in London and the test piece played was William Tell by Gioachino Rossini (arr. William Rimmer). St Hilda's Colliery Band went on to win the National Championship of Great Britain four more times; in 1920, 1921, 1924 and 1926.[1] In 1925, St Hilda's Colliery temporarily closed and many of the band members were made unemployed, but managed to earn some income from band bookings and competitions. However, the band's sucess and income from bookings led them to be regarded as professional, rather than amature, as such they were barred from the national championships of 1927 and other competitions. The band, now called St Hilda's Band, went on to make records and once played, by Royal Command, outside Buckingham Palace. The band became a victim of their own sucess: interest in the band eventually declined as they were no longer playing in brass band competitions. They disbanded in December 1937. In 2018 a blue plaque commemorating the St Hilda’s Colliery Band was installed on St Hilda’s Pit Head.[2]

South Shields Brass Bands 1869 St. Hilda's Colliery (1810 - 1940)
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038453:St. Hilda's Colliery Band South Shields unknown 1912

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St. Hilda Colliery
- Includes detailed contest results for the St. Hilda Colliery Band.

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Titania - Arthur Laycock with the St Hilda Colliery Band

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Star of the North cornet solo Arthur Laycock St Hilda band 1922

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WILLIAM OUGHTON, Jnr
- "....William was the eldest son of William and Violetta Oughton and as a young cornet player with the Hetton Band in Hetton-le-Hole his solo performances were soon attracting the attention ...

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World famous colliery band from South Shields remembered with Blue Plaque honour
- Shields Gazette 21st August 2018. "...The plaque pays tribute to former St Hilda’s Colliery Band, which won the World Band Championships five times in 1912, 1920-21, 1924 and in ...

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St. Hilda's Colliery (1810 - 1940)
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St. Hilda's Colliery (1810 - 1940)
- St. Hilda's Colliery in High Shields was established by Simon Temple and produced its first coal on the 23rd of April 1810. By 1822 St. Hilda's Wagonway was built to ...
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Blue Plaque for St Hilda's Colliery. St Hilda's Colliery Brass Band achieved the unique feat of becoming the World Championship Brass Band on five occasions.
- Photo, 23 August 2018, by 'SouthTynesidePlaques', available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license..

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Fanfare for Pit Plaque Unveiling
- "The memory of a world famous brass band will play on after a commemorative Blue Plaque was unveiled in South Tyneside this week. The plaque pays tribute to former St ...

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