Grimethorpe Colliery Band to perform in Shrewsbury following their appearance in the Olympic Opening Ceremony!

The award-winning Grimethorpe Colliery Band, who catapulted to worldwide recognition through the 1996 hit movie ‘Brassed Off’, will play at Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury on Sunday 23 September as part of their UK tour.  The tour celebrates the 15th Anniversary of their appearance in this classic film and also allows the band to pay tribute to the late Peter Postlethwaite – a huge supporter of the band!

The band was recently seen in action during the outstanding Olympic Opening Ceremony alongside the London Symphony Orchestra in Danny Boyles epic production seen by a worldwide TV audience of 2.5 billion people! Grimethorpe were part of the spectacular ‘Isles of Wonder’ presentation that saw the vast green and pleasant landscape inside the stadium turned into the era of the industrial revolution, with the band’s performance having echoes of both its own famous industrial and film heritage.

The history of Grimethorpe has become one of legend since the bands original formation by members of the disbanded Cudworth Colliery Band in 1917.  Since then there has evolved a story full of drama and success in the face of adversity unmatched by any other brass band in the world!  From their conception Grimethorpe have been regular competitors in national and international competitions, more often than not taking first prize and never coming lower than 5th in their entire career!  When Edgar Howarth joined the band in the 1970’s he transformed the entire repertoire to give Grimethorpe a unique sound and a style that has helped secure their position in the hearts of fans and newcomers alike.

The story of Grimethorpe really comes into its own in 1992 when the government of the time announced there were to be nationwide pit closures.  With unemployment looming the band continued to play and were determined to progress to the final of the National Brass Band Championships, despite the obvious hardships every member faced in their personal life.  The final details of the pit closures were announced just 5 days before the band were due to take part in the competition at the Royal Albert Hall.  Needless to say the pressure was immense, with the world’s media seizing on the band as a ‘new angle’ for their stories relating to the closures.  With a great deal of passion and resolve Grimethorpe triumphed at the contest to become the Champion Brass Band of Great Britain.

Further fame and recognition followed in 1996 when the band featured on the soundtrack of the British made film ‘Brassed Off’.  Starring the late Peter Postlethwaite, Ewan McGregor and Tara Fitzgerald it told the story of a brass band from the fictional Yorkshire mining town of Grimely who, faced with the closure of their pit, went on to triumph at the National Brass Band Championships.   The film took Grimethorpe on to international stardom and the band was inundated with invitations to appear all over the world.  From America to Sweden, to Japan and Australia, they have received standing ovations and critical plaudits wherever they appear.  In 2004 the band topped the classical music charts with a CD featuring a selection of their most popular numbers.  In 2006 & 2007 the band were once again crowned National Brass Band Champions of Great Britain at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The demand for tickets for their live performances confirms the Grimethorpe’s continued popularity as the UK’s premiere brass band.

The Grimethorpe Colliery Band will perform at Theatre Severn on Sunday 23 September at 3pm Tickets are available from the Box Office at Theatre Severn (01743 281281) and online at www.theatresevern.co.uk
 

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