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Grimethorpe Colliery Band

Sat 10 Feb, 7:30pm

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This concert is part of Leeds Best of Brass 2023/24.

Steve Phillips – conductor

Tom Davoren Living Power Listen
Felix Mendelssohn/George Thompson Fingal’s Cave Listen 
Halyna Ovcharenko Vyshyvanka
Featuring vibraphone soloist Rhianon Harding and flugel horn soloist Mark Walters
Dani Howard Warp and Weft
Leslie Pearson Fantasy Variations Listen
Featuring tenor horn soloist Helen Varley
Charles Gounod/Ray Woodfield Finale from Faust Listen 
Bill Whelan/Ray Farr Riverdance Listen

Interval

Etienne Crausaz Balkan Dance Listen 
Manning Sherwin/Howard Snell A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square Listen
Featuring trombone soloist Rob Wilshaw
J M Manone & F W Meacham/Barry Forgie & Dan Price Big Band Tribute Listen
Hugo Schmidt/Ignatius Wang Devil’s Tongue Listen 
Featuring euphonium soloist Mark Glover
Robert Browne Hall Death or Glory Listen
Audience choice on the night from the below two options:
Ottorino Respighi/Howard Snell
Pines of Rome or Richard Wagner/Howard Snell Procession to the Minster

Formed in 1917 as a leisure activity for the workmen of the South Yorkshire colliery, Grimethorpe is a British institution. National and British Open Champions on numerous occasions, the band’s contest successes remain legendary. Grimethorpe’s diverse noted concert performances include those at the FIFA World Cup, BAFTA Awards, BBC Proms and Eurovision. The band received two gold discs as well as a BAFTA nomination for its contributions to the global hit movie Brassed Off. Recently, the band released a new CD featuring the incredible music of Johan de Meij.

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The Series

This concert is the fourth of eight in the Leeds Best of Brass 2023/24 series.  View all eight concerts. View the brochure online.

 

About the Leeds Best of Brass 2023/24 series

The series features some of the UK’s best Championship brass bands including perhaps the most famous brass band in the world, Black Dyke Band, with Musical Director Nicholas Childs at the helm and renowned musicians in its ranks. The line-up also features Brighouse & Rastrick Band who have attracted a formidable reputation for notable triumphs in the highly competitive contesting field and its famous 1977 hit The Floral Dance which won silver and gold discs for massive record sales. Not to mention the world-famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band who received two gold discs as well as a BAFTA nomination for its contributions to the global hit movie Brassed Off. The versatile Fairey Band, Hammonds Band, Flowers Band, GUS Band, and Leeds’ very own Rothwell Temperance Band complete the series.

Leeds Best of Brass takes place at Morley Town Hall, a beautiful Grade I listed building with a traditional Victorian concert hall. Seating in this venue is unreserved. Found out all about Morley Town Hall.

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Interview

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We caught up with Jamie Smith, principal cornet player of Grimethorpe Colliery Band, ahead of his performance at Morley Town Hall on Saturday 10 February 2024 as part of Leeds Best of Brass 2023/24.

How long have you played with Grimethorpe Colliery Band and what position do you currently hold?
I’m currently the band’s Principal Cornet and have been since April 2022.

What’s the best thing about playing in a brass band?
Playing in a brass band really pushes musicians to their extremes, and is the perfect place for progression. That and the social side, of course!

What’s your highlight so far with Grimethorpe Colliery Band?
The two performances of Brassed Off Live at the Royal Albert Hall for sure!

How did you get involved with playing a brass instrument?
My brother initially started playing with his local youth band, and I followed suit (I had to be better than him!). That youth band was actually lead by Grimethorpe’s first horn player, Jim Fletcher, so there’s a nice connection there!

What was your earliest musical experience?
I always remember playing the sleigh bells in St Paul’s Hall in Huddersfield at six years old (I was the soloist!).

Who has been your biggest influence?
There are too many to count, but if there had to be one it would be Darren Stott, my first teacher, who was a very fine cornet player. He certainly gave me the best advice from a young age.

Do you enjoy practising or find it a chore?
I find practise to be the most fun when you have a goal in mind as well as a purpose. As a musician, it’s very easy to practise for the next performance. Learning how to improve is fun!

Were your parents musical?
Not at all, but they listen to it!

What piece of music do you most enjoy playing?
My favourite piece of brass band music is Blitz by Derek Bourgeois, but there’s nothing quite like playing McArthur Park at the end of a Grimethorpe concert.

What’s the best and worst things about performing?
The best thing is certainly sharing something you work very hard at with other people. The worst part is when they don’t like it!

What can the audience expect from a performance by Grimethorpe Colliery Band?
Grimethorpe is the most famous brass band in the world for a reason, its entertaining concerts. There will be a mixture of some Brassed Off favourites, some new ground-breaking repertoire as well as some of the finest soloists you will ever find. You will be entertained!

 

PRICES:

Standard: £16
Concession: £14 (over 60s, full-time students, unwaged, and LeedsCard Extra holders)
Under 26s: £10
Book 4 or more concerts and receive a 10% discount

Unreserved seating.

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