The Info List - Grimethorpe Colliery Band

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Colliery Band is a brass band, based in Grimethorpe, South Yorkshire, England. It was formed in 1917, as a leisure activity for the workers at the colliery, by members of the disbanded Cudworth Colliery Band.[1] It achieved worldwide fame after appearing in the film Brassed Off, and along with Black Dyke Mills Band, the band became the first to perform at the Proms.


1 History 2 Premieres 3 Rock and pop 4 In films 5 Honours 6 Other events 7 Notable members 8 Partial discography 9 References 10 External links

10.1 Video clips

History[edit] The year after the band's formation saw it enter its first competition at Belle Vue in Manchester.[2] Its first radio broadcast was in 1932 and from 1941 to 1951 was on UK national radio every month. George Thompson was musical director from the early 1950s until 1972 during which time the band won the British Open Contest for the first time. Thompson was followed by Elgar Howarth
Elgar Howarth
as Professional Conductor and Musical Director. 1974 saw the band, along with Black Dyke Mills Band, become the first to perform at the Proms. The band continued through the industrial troubles of the 1980s and the closure of Grimethorpe
Colliery on 13 October 1992. However the band gained first place with 99 out of 100 on 17 October 1992 in the National Brass Band Championship at the Royal Albert Hall
Royal Albert Hall
in London. Following the closure of the Grimethorpe
Colliery in 1993, the Band was sponsored by RJB Mining
RJB Mining
(later UK Coal
UK Coal
plc) and then by Powerfuel. Premieres[edit] Grimethorpe
Colliery Band has premiered some of the most important brass music of the 20th century, including Sir Harrison Birtwistle's Grimethorpe
Aria, written for the band, and Hans Werner Henze's Ragtimes and Habaneras as well as several pieces by Sir Malcolm Arnold. Rock and pop[edit] The band has appeared on rock and pop records, notably "When an Old Cricketer Leaves the Crease", on Roy Harper's 1975 HQ album, and Peter Skellern's 1978 and 1979 albums Skellern (including the hit single "Love Is the Sweetest Thing") and Astaire. In films[edit] International fame came with the film Brassed Off, the plot of which was based on Grimethorpe's struggles against pit closures, and whose soundtrack was recorded by the band. The band also performed Ron Goodwin's film score for the 1976 Disney film Escape from the Dark (also called The Littlest Horse Thieves), with the composer conducting. They also recorded some of the Beautiful South's hits in the 1996 and the tracks were given as extra tracks on the cd single issues Honours[edit]

National Brass Band Championships – Winners 1970, 1992, 2006 and 2007.[3] English National Brass Band Championships – Winners 2007,[4][5] 2008.[6] Yorkshire Champions – 1963, 1967, 1973, 1983, 1991, 1995, 2005, 2006.[2] Brass in Concert Champions – 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1986, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2001 to 2005, 2010 and 2014.[7] Mineworkers' Champions – 1967, 1968, 1969, 1973 to 1980, 1983, 1985 to 2002.[2] British Open Champions – 1969, 1984, 1991, 2015.[2] Granada Band of the Year – 1972, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1985.[2]

Other events[edit] The band represented England at the European Brass Band Championship in Norway
in May 2008 and came second behind the Cory Band, both on 194 points.[8] In June 2008 Grimethorpe
gained its second successive victory at the English National Brass Band Championships, thus qualifying to represent England once again at the European Championships in Ostende, Belgium, in 2009. The band gained further worldwide attention with its rendition of the Olympic Hymn
Olympic Hymn
during the 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony
2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony
in the Olympic Stadium, accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra. Notable members[edit]

Roger Webster
Roger Webster
– Former Principal Cornet

Partial discography[edit]

Year Album Conductor

1976 Grimethorpe
Special Elgar Howarth

1991 A Night at the Opera Elgar Howarth

1992 Paganini Variations Frank Renton

1993 Wilby Frank Renton & Garry Cutt

1995 Wagner Elgar Howarth

1997 A White Christmas with Grimethorpe Major Peter Parkes

1999 Grimethorpe
Colliery Band – Australian Tour Edition Elgar Howarth

2001 Eric Ball – The Undaunted Elgar Howarth

2002 Grimethorpe
in Concert Garry Cutt

2004 Grimethorpe
in Concert Volume II Richard Evans

2004 The History of Brass Band Music – The Golden Era Elgar Howarth

2004 The History of Brass Band Music – The Salvation Army
Salvation Army
Connection Elgar Howarth

2005 The History of Brass Band Music – The Early Years Elgar Howarth

2006 The History of Brass Band Music – The Modern Era Elgar Howarth

2007 Grimethorpe
in Concert Volume III Richard Evans & Philip Harper

2007 The History of Brass Band Music – Classical Arrangements Elgar Howarth

2008 The History of Brass Band Music – New Adventures Elgar Howarth

2008 Hymns Phillip McCann

2010 Grimethorpe
in Concert Volume IV James Gourlay

2010 Hymns Volume II James Gourlay

2011 By Request Brian Grant


^ "Brass band keep their shine", Western Daily Press, 1 September 2006 ^ a b c d e Concert programme, 2009 . ^ "The National Brass Band Championships" Archived 29 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine., The Harrogate Band, accessed 17 December 2007 ^ "Colliery band hits top prize note", BBC News, 1 July 2007 ^ "English National Brass Band Championships" Archived 2 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine., British Federation of Brass Bands, accessed 17 December 2007 ^ Results: 2008 English Nationals, 4barsrest.com, accessed 28 June 2008 ^ Results for 2014 and The Sage Years at brassinconcert.com ^ Buffet Crampon, woodwind instruments : clarinets, professional clarinet, oboe, bassoon Archived 14 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine.

External links[edit]

Official site

Video clips[edit]

Death or Glory by Robert Browne Hall, played at Uppermill Civic H