GRIMETHORPE LATEST NEWS
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.
GRIMETHORPE RECORD THE OFFICIAL TOUR DE FRANCE SONG
GRIMETHORPE COLLIERY BAND PLAY THEIR PART IN YORKSHIRE'S GRAND DEPART.
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
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
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."
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."
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.
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.