Help Grimethorpe band overcome Covid -19

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Project by Grimethorpe Colliery Band

£9,856

raised so far

+ est. £1664.50 Gift Aid

230

supporters

Grimethorpe Colliery Band is part of the national initiative by Brass Bands England to save the many UK brass bands who are struggling

We're still collecting donations

On the 31st December 2020 we'd raised £8,446 with 198 supporters in 34 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Grimethorpe Colliery Band is arguably one of the most famous brass band names in the world and we are pleased to be part of the national initiative launched by Brass Bands England to save the many UK brass bands who are struggling to survive through the COVID-19 pandemic. Please either donate or purchase one of our rewards. Please also share this page to help us to spread the message. 

As the effects of Covid -19 continue month after month we are among the many brass bands being hit by the loss of revenue that this causes. Grimethorpe Band do not receive sponsorship and over the past few years 100% of its income has been made through concerts and merchandise sales making us one the busiest brass bands in England. It is likely that by the end of the year we will have lost c£140000 in concert income alone, meaning that once we can continue rehearsing again, we are in danger of not having the funds to allow us to do so. Sadly, we may not be able to perform for our loyal audiences in the future without your help.

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Why are we crowdfunding?

Considering our lost revenue this year and the work we have done to hugely reduce our costs over this period, we have identified some priorities that we need help with funding, to allow the band to regain their position among the best in the country. Your donations will contribute to the following:

  • We need to make our bandroom Covid- secure and also be able to rent other premises which are large enough in the interim to allow groups of us to meet and rehearse. Outline cost is £5000
  • We would like to create more online content and run a youth band event that will allow us to keep working together as a unit while we are still under lockdown or tiered restrictions. This includes the purchase of better recording and editing equipment and coaching to help improve our social media output. Outline cost £5000
  • We would like to re-establish the brand of Grimethorpe Colliery Band when we are able to return to theatres. This includes improving our national marketing and refreshing the famous pink shirts! Outline costs £3000
  • We need to meet our current stripped down overheads and continue to pay our rent for our bandroom, insurances, leasing costs etc. Outline costs £5000 (for 6 months)
  • We would like to add access to digital downloads of our content for our supporters on our website, so that we can continue to sustain contact and generate revenue from our loyal audiences, even if we are no longer able to see them face to face. We can also release new content this way allowing wider access to our recorded material and creating sustainable income for the future. Outline cost £2000

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About Grimethorpe Colliery Band

"The brass bands of this country are unique, and the Grimethorpe Band is unique amongst them" - Sir Harrison Birtwistle

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 remains unsurpassed.

“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 

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About Save Our Brass Bands

Brass bands exist in every corner of the UK, with over 30,000 people of all ages and standards taking part in weekly activity – rehearsing, performing and providing entertainment for their local community.

But we risk losing this forever.

Brass bands saw their main source of income disappear in an instant when they ceased being able to perform in March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Months later, we still don’t know when normal performances will be able to take place. A significant loss in income over the Summer months, paired with necessary expenditure needed to make rehearsal spaces Covid compliant means that many brass bands are in a perilous financial situation.

Without urgent support, we could lose our nation’s amazing brass bands. Please help us to make sure they survive this crisis and will be there to be enjoyed by future generations.

#SaveOurBrassBands

Please donate, share this page widely and do what you can to help us to make sure our Brass Bands survive this crisis.

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Rewards

This project offered rewards

£70 or more

Small instrument service

Professional instrument servicing for any cornet or flugel horn. As used in Grimethorpe Bands' own instruments.

£3 or more

Your name on a wall of thanks on the band website.

We will have a wall of thanks on our website upon which your name will appear. We have chosen to do this online rather than at our bandroom as our supporters will find it difficult to attend in person at our bandroom but this gives the recognition and thanks to a wider audience.

£10 or more

Claim a band CD

Donate and receive one of the bands CDs

£50 or more

Individual lesson with Shaun Crowther

If you would like some one to one tuition from one of the best bass players in the business then look no further. This can be done online or if you would sooner wait until restrictions are lifted this could be done face to face.

£50 or more

Individual lesson with Adam Bokaris

One of the best young Euphonium players around at the moment. This opportunity can be taken online or if you wish to wait for restrictions to be lifted this could be carried out face to face at a later date.

£50 or more

Individual lesson with Mark Walters

One of the absolute best flugel players in banding today. There is nothing in banding this guy hasn't achieved. Great masterclass opportunity. This opportunity can be taken online or if you wish to wait for restrictions to be lifted this could be carried out face to face at a later date.

£50 or more

Individual lesson with Iain Culross

Iain is a hugely experienced Principal Cornet player and teacher. Improve your technique, solo playing, tone and style Iain can do it all. This opportunity can be taken online or if you wish to wait for restrictions to be lifted this could be carried out face to face at a later date.

£50 or more

Individual lesson with Helen Varley

Helen needs no introduction to horn players as she leads the way in promoting the instrument and also teaching students at some of our great northern musical institutions. This opportunity can be taken online or if you wish to wait for restrictions to be lifted this could be carried out face to face at a later date.

£50 or more

Individual lesson with Sarah Lenton

Any budding baritone player should not pass up the opportunity for some expert tuition from Sarah our Solo Baritone player. This can be done online or if you would sooner wait until restrictions are lifted this could be done face to face.

£100 or more

Exclusive session with GCB International Composer

American composer and conductor Dr Jack Stamp is one of the most respected writers and educators working in the field of Brass and Winds in the United States of America. You could work with him on general composition or a work you are putting together.

£100 or more

Medium instrument Service

Professional instrument servicing for any horn, baritone or euphonium. As used in Grimethorpe Bands' own instruments.

£150 or more

Bass instrument service

Professional instrument servicing for any Eb or Bb bass. As used in Grimethorpe Bands' own instruments.

£250 or more

Advertise your business at our concerts

Have your business name and logo added to a pop up banner that we will have with us visible at the side of the stage during concerts for a year.

£25 or more

Claim a band branded polo shirt

If you want to show you are one of our supporters one great way is through a Grimethorpe polo shirt.

£30 or more

Christmas carol and video message

Receive a solo carol (or other piece of your choice) and video message from your favourite Grimethorpe player.

£50 or more

Individual lesson with Rhianon Harding

Not to miss out our percussionists out there. Take the opportunity for a great one to one with Rhianon. This opportunity can be taken online or if you wish to wait for restrictions to be lifted this could be carried out face to face at a later date.

£50 or more

Individual lesson with Chris Binns

Chris is a vastly experienced trombone player in brass bands and also in orchestras across the country. Work on your technique or repertoire with Chris and see a master of his instrument at work. This opportunity can be taken online or if you wish to wait for restrictions to be lifted this could be carried out face to face at a later date.

£75 or more

VIP band experience

If you wish to play with, or just experience Grimethorpe Colliery band up close, what better way than to come and join us for a rehearsal. Obviously this is not deliverable until Covid restrictions are lifted but what a great thing to look forward to doing and would make the perfect gift for any music lover.

£80 or more

VIP conducting experience and concert tickets

If you have ever fancied taking up the baton with one of the most famous bands in the world, now if your chance. You will be our guest for the evening and will be welcomed on stage to lead us in a number. A must for any budding conductors out there or a gift for your loved ones.

£500 or more

Full day masterclass with us for your organisation

We would love to bring our expertise to your band our group and work with you for the day on a particular piece, present some instrumental masterclasses, or work on an aspect of stagecraft or coaching. At a venue of your choice or online if you would prefer something more immediate.

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