Grimethorpe bade Brisben a fond farewell this morning, making the two hour flight on to Sydney. Upon arrival the band headed immediately to ABC Broadcasting House to record a broadcast for the nationwide Music Show at the Eugene Goosens Hall.
Very much akin in style to the UK's BBC Radio 4, the weekly programme regularly features prominent musicians and performers visiting Australia. The programme is presented by composer Andrew Ford. Andrew is no stranger to brass bands, and has himself written for the medium, composing "The Rising" for the RNCM Festival of Brass where it was premiered by the Black Dyke Band.
The ABC broadcast opened with Barry Forgie's up tempo "Big Band Tribute" followed by an in depth interview with Dr Childs about Grimethorpe and the brass band as a genre, before closing with a performance of Dan Price' more contemporary "Peacemakers".
Following the broadcast, Grimethorpe then headed across the city to the prestigious State Theatre, an ornate grand Art Deco venue where the band found its name in lights above the entrance.
The performance was again incredibly well received by a thrilled audience of over 1000 delighted fans. Grimethorpe again gave their audience two encores, this time Hora Staccato and Toccata in D, then literally had to be held backstage for several minutes before undertaking the stage tear down as the audience simply refused to leave, still yelling for more.
Next, the band head to the Australian capital of Canberra, via a quick photo shoot at Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge beforehand.