Grimethorpe band hits the right note with a new sponsorship deal
Grimethorpe Band Latest News

South Yorkshire based Dransfield Properties Ltd has been announced as the new main sponsor of the world famous Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band.


The company has agreed to sponsor the band for the next five years, helping to secure its position as one of the country’s most famous brass bands.


The new sponsorship agreement was announced at a concert held in Barnsley on Monday April 14th in aid of the Mayor of Barnsley’s Charity.


Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band was founded in 1917 and has gone on to receive national and international acclaim, most notably through its involvement with the film Brassed Off – where the Grimethorpe musicians provided the soundtrack as well as appearing as extras in the film.


The band has four times been named as Great Britain National Champions and 11 times as Yorkshire Champions - but despite its outstanding musical achievements its financial future has been less certain in recent years.


Managing Director of Dransfield Properties, Mark Dransfield, said: “We are delighted and extremely proud to be supporting the Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band.


“We are a local company and great admirers of the band, not just for their excellent achievements as fine musicians but also for the work they do in their own community in inspiring young people to get involved with music.


“We are pleased therefore to be able to play our part in supporting that work and look forward to a long association with the band.”


Band Chairman Peter Haigh said: “We are highly delighted to have Dransfield Properties sponsoring the band. It is not easy in today’s climate to get financial backing and this support certainly goes a good way to securing the band’s future.”


The band is keen to hear from other companies who are interested in supporting the band both in ensuring it can continue with its world class performances and its community work with local schools.  To find out more about supporting Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band visit www.grimethorpeband.com/sponsorship.





Yorkshire Area Contest - Sunday 2nd March 2014

After playing a very good performance, the band were placed 2nd in the contest - they were unlucky not to get 1st Place. The band have now qualified for the National Brass Band Championships, which will be held at the Royal Albert Hall London, in October.




Ray Farr has now been appointed as GCB Associate Conductor

Grimethorpe Colliery Band have appointed Ray Farr as their new Associate Conductor.


Band Manager Nigel Dixon told 4BR: "We have been working with Ray over the past few months and he has proved to be a real asset complimenting the work done by Principal Conductor and Director of Music, Dr Bob Childs."


Ray is no stranger to Grimethorpe, serving as a successful Musical Director during the 1970’s and 1980’s when he led them to numerous contest successes - including four Brass in Concert titles.


Bob Childs described Ray's appointment as a real coup.


"It’s great to have Ray join the Grimethorpe creative team. He's got a very keen pair of ears and is an all round great musician. I'm really looking forward to working with him again.


It's been a long time since I played solo euphonium in his Grimethorpe Colliery Band more than 30 years ago!"


Ray said that conducting at recent concerts has been a joy. It will also be good to support Bob Childs who I have known and admired for many years'




Grimethorpe Besson Spring Workshop

Online registration for the Grimethorpe Besson Youth Band Spring Workshop is now open! To register please go to www.grimethorpeyouthband.com and click the WORKSHOPS tab.




Miles end at Grimethorpe

Former Black Dyke and Desford horn star Miles Davison will be joining Grimethorpe Colliery Band as their new solo horn player after competing his final performance with the EYMS Band at the Butlins Mineworkers Championship in Skegness this weekend.


Grimethorpe's Director of Music Dr Robert Childs : "Miles will bring great experience and expertise to the band. We hope the successes he enjoyed under Maestro James Watson at Desford Colliery and Black Dyke, and which included a hat-trick of National wins, will rub off on us!"


Miles added: "I am looking forward to the challenge of playing with Grimethorpe and will do my utmost to maintain their incredibly high standards in concerts and contests."




Rushworth leaves Grimethorpe

Grimethorpe Colliery Band has announced that star horn player William Rushworth has resigned from the Yorkshire band.


Speaking on behalf of the band, Principal Conductor and Director of Music Dr Robert Childs told 4BR: "I've known William for a long time and his high quality of playing will be sadly missed."


Enjoyed it
William (above left) commented on his departure by adding: "When I joined Grimethorpe it was my intention to stay for 12 months. I’ve now done that and enjoyed it immensely. Nevertheless having conducted Grimethorpe on many occasions during that period my appetite has been whetted to do more. I’ve been asked to conduct at the Yorkshire Regional Championships and don’t want to miss the opportunity to do so."


Spend time
He added: "I also want to spend more time with my family in Yorkshire and more importantly, in the sunshine at our home in the south west of France."


Nigel Dixon, Band Manager also added: "We all wish William the best in his new ventures. His last performances with Grimethorpe Band will be at Brighton and Aylesbury this weekend."




Childs takes principal role at Grimethorpe

Dr Robert Childs has been confirmed as the new Principal Conductor and Director of Music at Grimethorpe Colliery Band.


Delighted Band Manager Nigel Dixon told 4BR: "We are delighted to have secured the services of one of the most successful conductors of his generation. Everyone at Grimethorpe is looking forward to a new and exciting era benefiting from Bob’s wealth of experience and musical leadership."


Their former principal euphonium player recently returned to reinvigorate a band that last tasted major contesting success in 2010, leading them to top six finishes at both the National Finals and Brass in Concert. His first competitive appearance in his new role will be at a much anticipated Yorkshire Regional Championship at St George’s Hall in March.


Dr Childs told 4BR: "I’m thrilled to accept this new position. Grimethorpe is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in the brass band world and I’m looking forward to working with them on a regular basis."


It is understood that the European, National, British Open and Brass in Concert winning conductor will take responsibility for all musical matters, including programming, personnel and guest conductors. This will include contests, recording projects and selective concert work. In addition he has also accepted an invitation to become a trustee of the band.


Great benefit
Trustee Peter Haigh, who has been involved with the band for 37 years added: "We are delighted Dr. Robert Childs has accepted the added responsibility of serving as a trustee. I have no doubt his experience and expertise in music performance and education will be of great benefit to the Grimethorpe Colliery Band organisation."


It is understood that Dr Childs home base will remain in Wales where he leads the acclaimed brass band studies course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.




Registration for GBYB Winter Workshop is now open!

Our guest MD for the day (30th November) will be the world famous conductor Richard Evans (find out more by going to Richard’s website at evanso.co.uk) who will be supported once again by players from Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Exhibition space will showcase many of the local bands (if you’re looking for a band to join) and there will be a number of trade stands (if you have money burning a hole in your pocket!)


Richard will also be conducting the band at the shared Gala Concert with Grimethorpe Band at Sheffield City Hall on Friday 6th December.


Once again, the course is offered free of charge courtesy of Besson, so get signed up as soon as possible so we can add your name to the growing mailing list. To sign up, simply copy the link below into your web browser and complete the form.






GBYB Winter Workshop

Plans are well under way for the GBYB Winter Workshop on 30th November and the Gala Concert to be shared with GCB at Sheffield City Hall on Friday 6th December.

Full details will be posted here and sent to all those on our mailing list on the next couple of weeks. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, just drop us a line at grimethorpeyouthband@gmail.com.

You may also be interested to know that the next workshops will be held on March 8th, June 21st and Nov 29th 2014.





The band is pleased to announce that, as is the custom in the week before a major competition, we will be holding an open rehearsal on Wednesday evening.

The band is preparing well for its participation in the British Open at Birmingham Symphony Hall on Saturday. If you can't make it there to support the band or you would like the opportunity to hear the test piece ahead of the day, then you are welcome to the rehearsal and hear the band put the finishing touches to a really interesting test piece.

The test piece is Arabian Nights by Stephen Roberts, a fantasia on Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade and the band will be conducted by their professional conductor Mr Luc Vertommen.

The open rehearsal will take place on Wednesday 4th September at 7.15pm at The Salvation Army, 10-12 Psalter Lane, Sheffield, S11 8YN.

We look forward to seeing you.