The Voice of God started the work and returned twice more, the final time very near the end. When the Junior Band was reformed in 1960 it was felt that the band would be extremely fortunate if it found one player in every five years who was good enough to hold down a position in the Senior Band. Colossal gamble. In carrying out this tour, the band missed the area qualifying competition for the Nationals held in Bradford, while the band were on the Gold Coast of Australia. Listen to music from Grimethorpe Colliery Band like Florentiner March, Abide With Me & more. Then the final concert in Australia on the 27/01 at The Hills Centre – Castle Hill before travelling onto New Zealand. This recording entitled ‘Skellern’, was followed by a further recording entitled ‘Astaire’ which sold in excess of 100,000 copies. The Grimethorpe Colliery Band is a brass band, based in Grimethorpe, South Yorkshire, England. Fairey’s had also given a very worthwhile performance and these two seemed to be our main contenders. We had done it. The best comment to come out of this situation was from a woman from another championship section band saying “Aren’t you worried about your Brass Band World Ranking Points?”!!!!! Playback options The turning point in Grimethorpe’s history, however, was the appointment … Formed in 1917, during the First World War, Grimethorpe Colliery Band is a British institution. This was accomplished, chiefly with raw local lads plus men from the disbanded band at Cudworth, and a fund was started by the Carlton Main Colliery Company Limited, a sister company, the Colliery Institute Committee and supplemented by voluntary subscriptions from Colliery Officials and Workmen. The band performed at the end of a 3 month festival held at Spray Farm. To many of us, the mention of a brass band evokes memories of the park and the promenade, of strains of Sousa and Sullivan. Around the mid 70’s Elgar Howarth was perhaps at his most radical in the way in which he brought to the brass band a new and almost revolutionary change in musical perspective. The last work is the eclectic and almost exotically eccentric “Ragtimes and Habaneras” by Hans Werner Henze, which has fortunately remained a popular and accessible work, even though it estranges the traditional approach to brass band scoring and instrumental style. Sunday Afternoon: Pastorale [Third Section] Grimethorpe Colliery Band. On Saturday 27th February 1982, the band flew to Australia, returning to the UK on Wednesday 24th March. Then suddenly the silence was broken by this huge sound and the atmosphere became totally electric. 1985 continued with the Mineworker’s strike still on and it was not until Tuesday the 5th March, that the band led the parade of the Grimethorpe Miners back to work. We realised this as we signed on, minus a solo horn player. 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 … The eventual winners were Desford winning £1,500 plus 4 cornets. Led by ex miner and musical director Danny (Pete Postlethwaite) and inspired by newcomer Gloria (Tara Fitzgerald) the band battle through adversity to reflect the real history of Grimethorpe and become Champion of Great Britain. It was to be ‘A New Jerusalem’ by Philip Wilby. The energy in the performance was absolutely spellbinding with each and every player reaching into the depths to give every ounce of commitment and strength into what was turning into a wonderful performance. Because of the success 2 years ago, with the popularity of the band with audiences, this tour was more relaxed with the first week being spent in the Kings Cross area of Sydney. But win this contest for the 33,000 miners nationwide who have just lost their jobs and may, just may, find a little comfort in the knowledge that their band has triumphed in the adversity that afflicts them all, and could just be a glimmer of hope for a very bleak looking future, whatever they do from then on.”. Hon Neil Kinnock (Politician), Bill Owen (Actor), Norman Willis (General Secretary of the Trades Union Council) and Ron Todd (General Secretary of TGWU). But it may have been Grimethorpe’s very youth that has helped it to break with tradition, and interest some of the world’s leading composers in writing for a medium which has, up until now, been regarded as apart from the mainstream development of music. In the opening bars as the band sat still, a photographer started crawling commando style through the cornet section to get a better picture of Frank. Grimethorpe win the 1992 National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain just days after being told that it would be one of 33 pits to be closed. The ‘first’ on the 16th April 1932 started a run of successes for the band, and it is notable to recall that the band made its first broadcast in late April of that year. The tour continued on 01/03 at Llewellyn Hall – ANU Canberra, 02/03 & 03/03 at the magnificent Lyric Theatre – Star City, where we were on the same advertisement hoardings as Julio Iglesias and Englebert Humperdink. This yearly average was maintained until at least as late as 1950 and 1951. Under his leadership, the band finished joint first at the Mineworkers’ Finals in Blackpool. Members of the audience later related to me that the slight delay from Frank pointing, causing several seconds of silence in the packed hall, really filled the air with tension as everybody wondered were the Voice of God was going to come from. After a day off on the Sunday to get over the jet lag, it was down to work. However, a board of trustees was formed to manage the finances and steer Grimethorpe through a very difficult period. We then had to set up the rehearsal room and again found it impossible to rehearse until Frank stamped his feet, shouted some abuse at the media, and finally got down to rehearsing New Jerusalem. Even as recently as 1992, 17 members of the band were employed at Grimethorpe Colliery. The Major left the band in 1999 where Garry Cutt took over the mantle of Professional Conductor. The idea may be borrowed but writing is still fresh and insightful and at times wickedly pointed as it highlights both the brass bands potential and its limitations. In 1977 the band was involved in seven television ventures, an Everyman programme, a television advertisement, a Granada winning programme and four with singer song writer Peter Skellern, the pianist and vocalist which began the band’s association with the artist. Grimethorpe Colliery Band: 13.39: This recording has been digitally re-mastered from 'Grimethorpe Special' DECCA 1977: 9: Ragtimes and Habaneras: Hans Werner Henze: Grimethorpe Colliery Band: 13.23: This recording has been digitally re-mastered from 'Grimethorpe Special' DECCA 1977: Additional Information. the band was in good health and the future secured. I listened in cold shock and nearly froze with fear when the words ‘Grimethorpe Colliery’ were mentioned in the long list. As Howarth points out, these composers have tackled the problem (of brass band repertoire) “…enlivening and revitalising a repertoire which had become inbred and stale”. Brass band history was made when Harrison Birtwistle conducted his own ‘Grimethorpe Aria’. Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band Rare recordings some from LP's not on cd and rare videos Said Mark Herman “It was interesting to blend four or five actors with a real band to the extent that people can’t see the join, which means that the band had to be as good at acting as the actors were as musicians. At the end of the performance the audience went into raptures. Both of these visits were with Elgar Howarth as conductor. 28/02 at Spray Farm Summer Festival – Bellarine Peninsula. For the band, which provided the soundtrack music and the extras for the on-screen band, the spin-offs have been vast. Unfortunately this style of contest has never been repeated. However, this will probably be long remembered by the band for the stormy crossings that were encountered on the outward and homeward journeys. As ever, we were anxious to get a late draw, the television camera crews were still taking our every move and had even agreed with the organisers to set up a camera in the hall. Find the latest tracks, albums, and images from Grimethorpe Colliery Band. A Lancashire man named Harry Mileman took over the band in 1947 following a short spell by George Hespe (well known for his brass band piece ‘The Three Musketeers’). He said at the time, ‘the thing which interests me most about brass bands is not the traditional form of their music making but the potential offered to composers of our time by the virtuoso playing element present in a band such as Grimethorpe. The Grimethorpe Colliery Band is known for his work on All Our Working Lives (1984), Top of the Pops (1964) and Stars on Sunday (1969). Having lost 90% of our … The conservative elements that even today hold back the movement were even stronger then and pieces such as “Grimethorpe Aria” were considered so way out that they had no place in the movements development. He was already writing out some parts for Solo Trombone, and Ray Curry, – well poor Ray looked under serious pressure. Sir Clifford Cory, the highly influential son of John Cory, performed the ceremony. The same year the band played in front of Prince Philip during his visit to the Selby Coalfield. The day of the Yorkshire Regional Championships at St. Georges Hall, Bradford. The original name was the Grimethorpe Colliery Institute Band and for some years it was called the Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Grimethorpe is known for its past as a mining village, its brass band, the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, and was used as the location for the film Brassed Off – a black comedy which tells the plight of the village and the effect on its band. The band travelled by coach on 03/06 to Sendai, where it was found that the world famous Eastman Wind Ensemble were performing on the same day and staying in the same hotel as the band. The Grimethorpe Colliery Band was formed in 1917 as a leisure time activity by a group of miners at the mine whose name it bears. Frank Renton was to conduct the band, as he had with great aplomb and success over the previous 4 years and the test-piece was ‘Frontier’ by Michael Ball. … The turning point in Grimethorpe’s history, however, was the appointment of Elgar Howarth as professional conductor and music adviser in 1972. [1] It achieved worldwide fame after appearing in the film Brassed Off, and along with the Black Dyke Mills Band, the band became the first to perform at … With intense media interest the Band gave a performance that, quote Philip Wilby (composer of the set test piece "The New Jerusalem"), was "a sure triumph of the human spirit, a sense of liberty and resurrection drawn out of sorrow and … As Howarth himself remarks in the superb sleeve notes, “It has not yet endeared itself to band audiences reared on more ear tickling fare” (How true – even 25 years later). The first piece in the programme was his own ‘Pel Mel’, written some ten days before the contest and designed to show off every aspect of the players’ talents. John Horrocks 3,421 views The win was greeted with the headline in the British Bandsman “Grimethorpe Gambles its way to Victory. Frank always finds the right words for the right occasion and surpassed himself in motivating the boys for this one. 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