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Jack Stamp: A voyage of discovery

Thursday 21 April, 2022

In the second of this three-part series, Dr Liz Lane examines the work of composer Dr Jack Stamp, Grimethorpe Band’s international composer-in-association, North American conductor, composer and lecturer.

She also discovers his appreciation of British music and looks at how he started writing regularly for brass band through his passion for playing percussion.


It has been a year and a half since I wrote the first of three articles about Jack Stamp and his unique, transatlantic position with Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Much has changed in our lives but one thing which remained the same when Jack and I recently met online was the composer’s continued vivacity and love for British brass bands.

We left Jack’s story at a point just after he had first taken on his role with Grimethorpe. He had visited the band once in October 2019 and was due to fly over to see a Brassed Off Live performance at the Royal Albert Hall (something I’m looking forward to myself in May this year) and the world premiere of his first specially-written work, Hansel Overture, at Selby Abbey. This, of course, was postponed.

Jack acknowledged lockdown took him in a different direction, artistically. “I’ve been more productive in lockdown as a composer because I don’t have the guest appearances like I did, because there wasn’t any live music. I explored some more avenues, writing more chamber music, and I linked up with the brass quintet of the Minnesota Orchestra.”


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