A COMMEMORATION & CELEBRATION OF DURHAM'S CATEGORY 'D' VILLAGES
The result of a co-commission with Durham Brass Festival and the Durham Miners’ Association, the music that the critically acclaimed three piece have created, alongside brass arrangements by award winning brass composer Simon Dobson, was inspired by the incredible story of Durham’s 'Category D' villages.
In 1951, the local authorities decided that out of 357 towns and villages in County Durham, 121 which they’d deemed did not have an economically viable future should be starved of any further public funding. What followed was a decades-long battle that saw villages labelled as slums, some entire neighbourhoods wiped from the map, and bitter battles that still cast a shadow today.
Poet Laureate Simon Armitage and his band LYR toured the pre-1974 County Durham coalfield from Marsden, Addison, High Spen, Quaking Houses, Grange Villa, High Spen and Redhills. He was particularly taken with Addison.