GRIMETHORPE LATEST NEWS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Grimethorpe Band with Alistair Griffin on BBC1 during the final credits of the British Open Golf Championships
The band are delighted to announce that in just a few moments we will be featured with Alistair Griffin on BBC1 during the final credits of the British Open Golf Championships.
Recorded earlier this year, Alistair Griffin's song "The One" was aired on BBC Radio 2 for the first time this week. Grimethorpe Band were delighted to assist Alistair and make its contribution to the song.
Alistair has just informed us that the BBC will now be using his song during the final credits.
We hope you enjoy and wish Alistair our very best wishes.
More news to follow.
GBYB SUMMER WORKSHOP SUCCESS
Once again, as dozens of youngsters made their way to Shafton ALC for the Grimethorpe Besson Youth Band Summer Workshop, it was clear that a great day was in store!
Fun and laughter, sound tuition and greatly improved playing were the hallmarks of the day. The crowning glory came when, resplendent in their new polo shirts, the band took the stage (under the baton of Shaun Crowther) at Doncaster Dome to perform in a joint concert with Grimethorpe Band.
A standing ovation was a fitting conclusion to the whole event! We are pleased to announce that the next course will be held on Saturday 30th November (at Shafton ALC) with a joint concert at Sheffield City Hall on Friday evening 6th December.
Those already on the mailing list will be sent details and registration forms in early September. Anyone wishing to be added to the contacts list can do so by sending an email to email@example.com
Grimethorpe Besson Youth Band meet again!
The Youth Band had another brilliant day last Saturday.
Lead by Shaun Crowther, members of the senior band tutored the youngsters throughout the day before putting on a showcase concert infront of friends and family at our base, Shafton ALC.
A big thanks go to Besson Musical Instruments for their continued support of the band, to all of the tutors and to the children and parents for joining the Grimethorpe family.
Photos of the day are available by following this link; https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.462560167143081.1073741826.336903089708790&type=3
Keep checking on www.grimethorpeband.com and on our Grimethorpe Facebook pages for information on our next gathering day!
Trip to Kensington secured at Bradford!
After a four year absence from the Albert Hall, Grimey secured a trip to London in October with a stunning performance of Harmony Music at Bradford.
Finishing in third place behind Carlton Main and Brighouse & Rastrick, the band brought the house down with a fantastic account of the test piece which drew praise from all corners of the St. George's Hall.
Special mentions must go to our soloists Billy Rushworth, Michael Dodd and especially to Roger Webster for picking up the best Principal Cornet award.
These are the live comments from 4barsrest.com from yesterday evening:
11. Grimethorpe (Luc Vertommen)
What a start - nigh in perfect and it builds with such intensity and dark drama. The first climax is so controlled and so musical.
The first Vivace is played with such neatness - razor sharp in detail and so well balanced too. Euph gives his all in the cadenza and the following reprise is playing of the very highest class too. This has such an intuitive sense of musicality.
This is Ravel - sumptuous and melancholic and laid out with simple beauty by the MD. Roger Webster is still the daddy - what a cadenza, but Billy Rushworth pushed him close too. What wonderful emotional playing to follow and final repose.
The reprise is stunning - played at such a pace, but with so much panache. It throbs like a nuclear reactor ready to explode. Now the turbo charger is engaged and it so flying with such purpose.
Grimey in overdrive now and heading for glory surely. What a close - simply stunning.
Overall: Brilliant - simply brilliant. What a superb reading by the MD and the players responded in kind. A truly magnificent performance.
We wish to thank Luc Vertommen and Mark Bentham for their hard work and preparation in the build up to the contest and also to our friends and fans for their kind words of support over the last few days
The full results were as follows:
Sunday 3rd March
Test Piece: 'Harmony Music' - Philip Sparke
Adjudicators: Nigel Boddice MBE & Rob Wiffin
1.Carlton Main Frickley (Phillip McCann) 9*
2.Brighouse & Rastrick (Prof. David King) 5**
3.Grimethorpe Colliery (Luc Vertommen) 11*
4.Rothwell Temperance (David Roberts) 13
5.Hepworth (Michael Fowles) 3
6.Black Dyke (Dr Nicholas Childs) 4
7.Skelmanthorpe (John Roberts) 10
8.Marsden Silver Prize (Glyn Williams) 8
9.Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel (David Nesbitt) 2
10.Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths) 7
11.Unite the Union (City of Sheffield) (Derek Renshaw) 12
12.Wakefield Metroplitan (Michael Howley) 1
13.Meltham & Meltham Mills (Norman Law) 6
** pre-qualified for National Finals
*qualify for place at National Finals
Next up for us is the Grimethorpe Besson Youth Band Day on Saturday. We look forward to inspiring our next generation of superstars!
Grimethorpe Besson Youth Band Spring Coaching Day - Details
The next Grimethorpe Youth Band Day will take place on Saturday 9th March 2013.
Please read the full details of the day below;
GRIMETHORPE BESSON YOUTH BAND
SPRING COURSE: SATURDAY 9 MARCH 2013
VENUE: SHAFTON ALC, ENGINE LANE, SHAFTON, BARNSLEY, S72 8RE
Conductor / Tutors
Due to the success of the last two courses there will be additional Grimethorpe Colliery Band tutors supporting at the spring 2013 course:
Jamie Cooper and Gareth Crane (Cornets), Dan Robson and David Gilson (Cornets)
Andy Holmes and William Rushworth (Flugels & Tenor Horns)
Garrath Beckwith (Trombones), Michael Dodd (Euphoniums & Baritones),
Ben Dixon and Shaun Crowther (Basses), Andy Lockett (Percussion).
The band are delighted to announce that Shaun Crowther will lead and conduct the Spring 2013 course, which we are positive will be another inspiring event.
Outline of the day
9.00am – Registration
9:30am – Warm Up in Sections
10.00am – Morning session
12.30pm – Lunch break (please bring a packed lunch)
1.30pm – Afternoon session
5.00pm – Showcase Performance
The cost of the event will once again be covered by Besson Musical Instruments, all that’s required is attendance with instrument, a packed lunch and drink, dress for the day is casual. Admission to the showcase performance is free and will include a short programme by the Grimethorpe Besson Youth Band, all parents / supporters are most welcome.
Each local authority music service has a nominated representative to link with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band / organising committee in the planning of this event, so please contact your local representative with any further questions or queries.
We look forward to hearing from you soon and hope you can join us in March.
Grimethorpe Colliery Band
N.b. - if you would like your child to join the Grimethorpe Besson Youth Band, please email firstname.lastname@example.org - the band is open to children under 18 years of age and who are grade 4+ on their instrument. Any existing members of the band, please keep an eye on facebook, email, text and grimethorpeband.com for any updates or details about the up-coming coaching day
The Grimethorpe Colliery Band has announced the appointment of Mark Bentham as their new Musical Director
Commenting on the appointment, Mark said: “I’m delighted to be taking up the challenge of directing such a fine band.”
Mark continued: “My appointment means that I will be relinquishing my position with the Pemberton Old Wigan DW band – a partnership which has lasted four and a half years”. I wish the band well in the future and thank them for all of their hard work and dedication.
A former horn player with Leyland and Brighouse & Rastrick – Mark began his conducting career with the Drighlington Junior band whilst he was playing Tenor Horn with Black Dyke. Since retiring from playing he has had successful conducting spells with the Drighlington (Senior band), the Reg Vardy band, the Hepworth band and most recently Pemberton.
Everyone involved with Grimethorpe Colliery Band is delighted with Mark's appointment. We look forward to working alongside our new MD in the coming years!
Soprano legend Kevin Crockford returns to Grimethorpe!
Grimethorpe Colliery Band has announced the return of soprano star Kevin Crockford to its ranks, following a successful 12 month spell at rivals Brighouse & Rastrick.
Kevin told grimethorpeband.com: "I have really enjoyed my year with Brighouse and feel sad to leave. They are a fantastic band with great players and conductors and are such genuinely nice people too.
However, the travelling time from my home to Brighouse, coupled with my increased workload has become challenging to the point where I could see me missing rehearsals – and that is something I just do not like doing."
He added: "Grimey is 15 minutes from my home, so that will make a huge difference. I first signed with the band back in 1990 and have been there for a total of nine years in two spells, so the band is obviously very dear to me."
Kevin revealed that principal cornet player Roger Webster had been instrumental in his return.
"Roger contacted me and we have been speaking regularly about a potential return as Andrew Bannister was having major work issues which meant he would have to leave as soon as a suitable replacement was found. In those circumstances I believe it is now the right time for me to come back."
Kevin takes up his old seat with immediate effect and is looking forward to a very busy Grimethorpe schedule.
Band spokesperson Gareth Crane added: "We are delighted Kevin has returned. He really is at the top of the tree as far as soprano players go and his commitment as a bandsman is unquestionable.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Andrew for his superb playing and commitment to Grimethorpe. He will be sadly missed as he always gave 100% as a player and bandsmen."