It is with great pleasure and excitement that Grimethorpe Colliery Band can announce that they will be conducted by Captain Sam Hairsine Royal Marines at this year’s Brass in concert championships. The band have already worked with Sam earlier this year with great success and look forward to him preparing them for this prestigious entertainment contest. Having won the contest 16 times already over the years, Grimethorpe are always looking at bringing new ideas to the table and Sam has a different and fresh approach, which the band are confident will energise their performance.
When asked about conducting Grimethorpe at BIC he commented
“I’m absolutely delighted to have been invited to conduct Grimethorpe at Brass In Concert. It’s a very exciting project and a real privilege to be able to join such an amazing band in their centenary year. They have a wonderful heritage, and it’s an honour to work with the high calibre group of people that make up Grimethorpe Colliery Band today.”
Captain Sam Hairsine is the Director of Music of the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, CTCRM. After his time as a choral scholar, he took up euphonium under Robert Childs, quickly becoming a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, and has also performed with Championship section brass bands. On joining the Royal Marines Band Service, he also learned the cello, and commenced a career that has taken him around the world.
He has performed solos in some of the best venues in the UK and Europe, and enjoyed a year in Naples with the AFSOUTH NATO Band. Sam has also been deployed, where music has played a vital role alongside the myriad of military tasks that RM Band ranks perform. His conducting studies started with Malcolm Binney, and he completed his Master’s programme at the RNCM under Clark Rundell and Mark Heron.
Grimethorpe Colliery Band throughout its history has always prided itself on its investment in young talent. It has a very healthy mix of in depth experience and extraordinary young talented performers, so with Sam at the helm Grimethorpe is looking forward to BIC with great enthusiasm.