German invasion makes sweet music

German Brass Band Play At Barnsley's Wentworth Castle
German Brass Band Play At Barnsley's Wentworth Castle
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German football fans might have flocked to Wembley for the Champions League final - but South Yorkshire hosted an invasion all of its own.

The grandiose settings of Barnsley’s Wentworth Castle played host to a band of aspiring musicians from across the water.

Youngsters from the town of Schwabisch Gmund, which is twinned with Barnsley, flew over for a special performance at the Grade I-listed country house.

Members of the 1st Musikvergin-Stadkapell joined forces with Worsborough Brass Band and they made sweet music together for the enjoyment of hundreds of visitors.

The concert was part of a mini-tour in which they also performed at the National Mining Museum, in Barnsley town centre and in York.

Dietmar Spiller, musical director of 1st Musikvergin-Stadkapell, said: “The group’s first ever visit abroad was to Barnsley in 1984 and as a result a new friendship formed between me and John Hopkinson.”

The 1st Musikverein Stadtkapelle is made up of a wind orchestra, marching band, a fanfare group for seven to 15-year-olds and ‘Youngmusix’ music groups.

Members receive music lessons in wind and brass instruments as well as percussion from experts at the council-run music school.

Worsbrough Brass Band jetted out to its German twin town, which is in the eastern part of the state of Baden-Württemberg, for the 40th anniversary celebrations of the alliance in 2011.

Dietmar added: “It had always been our ambition to arrange another visit. Indeed, many discussions had taken place over the years to try to bring the Stadkapelle back to Barnsley.”