Grimethorpe have performed the first concert of their Australian tour to a delighted crowd of more than 1000 fans at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) Brisbane.
The audience revelled in the programme presented by Dr Childs and the band, which featured the Brass In Concert Champions doing exactly what they do best, in a programme of three individually themed sections - "Brass Classics", music from "Brassed Off", and a selection of works from their "Lest We Forget" championship winning war themed tribute.
The programme opened with the world premiere performance of Paul Lovatt-Cooper's thrilling latest work "Eventus" and also included a wealth of soloist features, some trademark Grimethorpe humour of course, and culminated in a roof raising performance of the 1812 Overture.
The ebullient audience gave a much deserved standing ovation, and after numerous curtain calls, were treated to two encores of Hora Staccato & Elgar Howarth's Pel Mel before the band finally departed the stage with the audience still calling for more.
Delighted with the warm welcome in Brisbane, Grimethorpe now move on to Sydney, where after the two hour flight there, they'll head to the ABC Broadcasting Centre for a recording session of two works for national broadcast this weekend, a swift photo call, and then finally to the State Theatre for their second tour performance.
Grimethorpe were delighted to be able to catch up with some old friends at the Brisbane concert, including Stephen Moschner - Besson Sales Manager for Australia & New Zealand, and Brisbane Excelsior's Howard Taylor.