Death of Ken Hirst

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…

Reaction to Brassed Off Live

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…

Band announce Gala Centenary Concert

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…

Exciting new signings at Grimethorpe

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…

Review: RNCM Festival of Brass

RNCM Brass Band Festival Conductor: Phillip McCann Soloist: Roger Webster Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester Sunday 29th January An expectant audience packed into the RNCM for the appearance of Grimethorpe under Phillip McCann. The partnership may well be in its embryonic stages but by the close nobody was left in any doubt about the…

Kim joins Grimethorpe

Kim Ward, daughter of Grimethorpe Colliery Band’s legendary tenor horn soloist Bryan Smith, follows in her father’s footsteps, joining Grimethorpe Colliery Band as Assistant Librarian. Kim never learned to play a brass instrument (she played clarinet) but always dreamed of being part of the band her Dad played for, and finally her dream has come…