21 years after its debut, bittersweet British classic Brassed Off finally made it to the Royal Albert Hall for a special birthday screening accompanied by the brass band that inspired the story.
On Tuesday 9 May 2017, a sell-out audience of some 4500 brass-band-film fans packed into the Hall to witness a piece of British cinema history as Brassed Off became the first British film to receive the ‘film with live orchestra’ treatment, accompanied by Grimethorpe Colliery Band themselves, plus members of the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, conducted by Ludwig Wicki.
Laughter, amazement and a lot of tears – take a look at this incredible night through the audience’s reactions:
Brassed Off Live what an amazing evening! One I will always treasure, thanks lots #brassedofflive— Jackie Walker (@jakwalker39) May 10, 2017
Full house at the Royal Albert Hall watching #brassedofflive for the film's 20th anniversary. Excellent music from
GrimethorpeBand</a> <a href="https://t.co/1HksUn7q26">pic.twitter.com/1HksUn7q26</a></p>— Elizabeth Anderson (lizzyandersonuk) May 9, 2017
I've waited 21 years to hear The world renowned Grimethorpe Colliery Band to play at The RAH.I couldn't be prouder.Simply the greatest x— Stephen Tompkinson (@StephenTompki19) May 10, 2017
That was brilliant. best way ever to see a film. So moving & the band were truly incredible.— Gaby Roslin (@GabyRoslin) May 9, 2017
GrimethorpeBand</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BrassedOff?src=hash">#BrassedOff</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalAlbertHall">RoyalAlbertHall
GrimethorpeBand</a> safe home fellas. You made tonight an evening I will never forget <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/proud?src=hash">#proud</a> thanx <a href="https://twitter.com/markwherman">markwherman
RoyalAlbertHall</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BRASSEDOFF?src=hash">#BRASSEDOFF</a></p>— Melanie Hill (melaniejhil) May 9, 2017
Thank you— Rebecca Whiting (@DrRWhiting) May 9, 2017
GrimethorpeBand</a> for fantastic performance tonight at <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalAlbertHall">RoyalAlbertHall for #brassedofflive – as wonderful & moving as 21 years ago
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At this event, audiences were encouraged to sign up with DKMS UK, joining brass bands from across Britain who have been pulling together and getting tested for a bone marrow transplant, to try and save the life of young trombonist Stephen Sykes, who was diagnosed with blood cancer Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2016.
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