Russell Watson and The Fairey Band concert at Peak Cavern goes out on television

A festive extravaganaza, filmed in Castleton’s Peak Cavern and starring The Fairey Band and star tenor Russell Watson, will be seen on television screens this month.

A Brass Band Wonderland, which will be shown on Sky Arts, is hosted by comedian Jason Manford who also sings during the seasonal celebration from Britain’s biggest cave mouth.

Guest vocalists include Collabro, Rhodes and Andreya Triana.

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The Fairey Band are a world class traditional brass band with a twist, famous for unexpected collaborations such as acid brass, a fusion of brass band and acid house music.

Also performing in the concert are The Hackney Colliery Band, a unique take on the brass band using funk, hip-hop and rock as well as Balkan brass, ska and contemporary jazz.

Each band was given their own stage in two different locations within the cave and the concert was filmed in front of a live audience last month.

Sky Arts commissioned Princess Productions to make A Brass Band Wonderland.

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Executive producer Will Spokes said: “What better way to start this joyous time of the year than having a Christmas brass band extravaganza from the Peak Cavern.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing such a fantastic line-up to Sky Arts.”

The programme can be viewed on the satellite channel on December 16, 20 and 24.

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