Trio of new signings announced

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The band are very pleased to announce exciting new additions to our trombone and cornet sections: Richard Jones joins us on bass trombone. Richard says “I’m delighted to be joining Grimethorpe, to be offered an opportunity like this is a massive privilege. I’m looking forward to my time with the band and will hopefully enjoy […]

Allan Withington returns to lead the band at British Open

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In its centenary year, The Grimethorpe Colliery Band is committed to preserving the traditions of excellence and innovation created by its past members, and also to building an inclusive, forward-thinking team that can ensure a solid and sustainable organisation for future generations. With this in mind, there have been a few personnel changes recently, with […]

Reaction to Brassed Off Live

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In the wake of the bands momentous show at the Royal Albert Hall, the bands performance of the Brassed Off soundtrack has garnered a lot of praise and attention. James Moore, writing in the Independent, said “The performance of the Grimethorpe Colliery Band at the Royal Albert Hall was superb, the film as thought-provoking, and […]

Death of Ken Hirst

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The band is very sad to hear that our former long serving Secretary Ken Hirst has passed away. Ken was associated with the band for 40 years. He was to many people “Mr. Grimethorpe”, the way he worked tirelessly for the band was an inspiration to others. When the Colliery was in the process of […]

Richard Corbett MEP accepts Honorary President Role

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The band is delighted to announce that Richard Corbett MEP for Yorkshire and Humber has accepted an invitation to become the bands Honorary President. Richard made this statement about his new role with the band. I am thrilled to become Grimethorpe Colliery Band’s Honorary President in its centenary year. This iconic band has contributed so much to […]

Band announce Gala Centenary Concert

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Grimethorpe Colliery Band is celebrating their Centenary this year, 2017. On Friday 20th October the Band are holding a Gala Centenary Concert at Elsecar Heritage Centre, this Gala Concert is by invitation only. There will be a reception prior to the concert performed by the current members of the Band. Any former players wishing to […]

Youth Band Summer Workshop announced

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The Grimethorpe Besson Youth Band are holding a Summer Workshop in Barnsley on Saturday the 10th of June. Registration for this event can now be completed Online.   Click on the following link and submit the form at the bottom of the page to register your interest.   http://www.grimethorpeband.co.uk/summer-course-2017/   We look forward to seeing […]

Exciting new signings at Grimethorpe

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Grimethorpe Colliery Band has announced significant new signings following the recent departures of horn player Jonathan Bates and euphonium star Michael Dodd. Helen Varley will be joining the band on Solo Horn from Black Dyke when her commitments to the Queensbury band are completed in June, whilst Andy Kennedy comes in on baritone from Hatfield […]

MEP Richard Corbett’s thoughts on Brass Bands

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Here is an interesting article by Richard Corbett who attended our Morley concert on Feb 11th 2017. Richard is Deputy Leader of the Labour Members of the European Parliament, part of the centre-left Socialists & Democrats group and is Vice Chair of UK European Movement and also Chair in the European Parliament of the Labour […]