Open Rehearsal Wed 4th March Emmanuel Church Barnsley - Torchbearers: Peter Graham

Grimethorpe Colliery Band invite friends and family to Emmanuel Church Barnsley on Wednesday 4th March to listen to Peter Graham's wonderful composition, The Torchbearers.

The Open Rehearsal will begin at 7.30pm

Conductor Dr Robert Childs will introduce the work and tweak the finer musical points during the evening, culminating in a 'preview performance' before they compete with other Yorkshire Bands at St Georges Hall Bradford on Sunday 8th March.

Emmanuel Church

Huddersfield Road

Barnsley S75 1DT

Start 7.30pm




Grimey back on top at Brass in Concert
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After four years the Brass in Concert title is back for the 16th time in Grimethorpe and a massive thank you to our inspirational MD Dr Robert Childs.

We knew we had a great show ready for the adjudicators and audience alike but as they sat waiting for us to take to the stage we had our own fallen man Mike Dodd who was taken ill. What happened next amazed us all as in true Grimey team spirit we saw our very own Philippe Schwartz step up to the solo seat and David Childs kindly step in on 2nd Euph. It was great to see two fantastic musicians learn new music minutes before we were to perform and the band cannot thank you both enough. Our thoughts and prayers have been with Michael who is making a speedy recovery.

Big thank you to Craig Roberts for all your hard work during and prior to the event and last but by no means least thanks to all our supporters who are always there for us.

A great way to finish 2014 contest season and with Bob at the helm we are looking forward to an exciting 2015!!




Death of Former GCB Player

Grimethorpe Colliery band are very sorry to hear of the death of one of its former players - Gerald Foster aged 84years. Gerald has not been too well for a while and sadly died on the 24th June 2014.


Gerald Played with the band for many years and even after retiring was a keen supporter of the band. Many times he would come to the bandroom to sit in on rehearsals for contest and give his opinion on how the band was playing.


The Grimethorpe Colliery Band, extend sincere condolences to Gerald`s family at this sad time.


His funeral will be held on Thursday 3rd July at St Helens Church, Hemsworth at 2:15pm - Then to Barnsley Crematorium.




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Grimethorpe Colliery Band have provided some of the accompaniments for the official song for Yorkshire's Grand Depart, the start of the Tour De France.


The work was commissioned by Welcome to Yorkshire, the song, a typically stirring anthem entitled 'THE ROAD' will be an all Yorkshire affair with Alistair Griffin (singer and composer) teaming up with Kimberley Walsh (formerly of Girls Aloud) plus string players from Leeds College of Music and stars of the film 'Brassed Off' The Grimethorpe Colliery Band.


Alistair, from York, has a track record of writing for major sporting events. His track 'Just Drive' is the title music for Sky Sports Formula 1 coverage and the BBC chose his song 'What If' to soundtrack Andrew Murray's historic Wimbledon win viewed by over 6 million people.


Bob Childs, speaking on behalf of the band said, 'I was proud to attend the recording session in Leeds and hear first hand what a talent Alistair Griffin is'. Gary Verity, Chief Executive of 'Welcome to Yorkshire' said, 'All the performers on the recording are from Yorkshire which reinforces the fact that Yorkshire is united in promoting the county and welcoming the Tour. What better way to do this than through an official song and we encourage everyone to get a copy of this unique piece of memorabilia'


'The Road' will be officially released in the lead up to the Grand Depart which takes place in Leeds 5th July.


'THE ROAD' trailer (Pre-order your copy now!) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1inh1vnUHAA 




Derby Concert

Please note that the concert scheduled for the Assembly Rooms on the 26th October has been cancelled due to a fire at the venue. No replacement concert has yet been organised.




Grimethorpe band hits the right note with a new sponsorship deal
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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."