"The brass bands of this
country are unique, and the Grimethorpe Band is unique amongst them" – Sir
Formed in 1917, during the First World War, Grimethorpe Colliery Band is a
British institution. National and British Open Champions on numerous occasions,
the band’s contest successes remain legendary. These include 16 Brass In
Concert Championship titles, 11 times Yorkshire Regional Champions, two English
National Championship victories, four times British Open Champions and four
times National Champion Brass Band of Great Britain.
Grimethorpe's diverse noted concert performances include those at the FIFA
World Cup, BAFTA Awards, BBC Proms, Eurovision and London 2012 Olympic
Games Opening Ceremony, together with a wealth of national and international
television / radio appearances and professional recordings. The band has been
the recipient of two gold discs, as well as a BAFTA nomination for its
contributions to the global hit movie “Brassed Off” for which Grimethorpe was
the focal point.
“Tompkinson, Postlethwaite and Carter are
stand-outs in an impressive ensemble cast, but for many, the brass band music
of Grimethorpe comes as the real revelation” – Time Out
The Royal Albert Hall, Symphony Hall, Barbican, Westminster Abbey, European
Parliament, Sydney Opera House and more, have all played host to Grimethorpe.
With tours to Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, and concerts &
festival appearances throughout Europe, the band’s performance reputation
“A thoroughly entertaining show & a must
for all music enthusiasts” – The Guardian
In addition to continuing to delight audiences across the globe, Grimethorpe
also continues to invest in and support its local community in Grimethorpe,
Barnsley and South Yorkshire, particularly through its youth music initiatives
and community performances, both locally and on a national scale.
"Grimethorpe Colliery Band – the finest
jewel in the world of brass bands, and a unique cultural asset" – Sir
Peter Maxwell Davies