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Issue 5954

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A grand day out for Scotland on the Golden Mile

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Phillip McCann departs from Grimethorpe Colliery

Monday 12 June, 2017

Hard on the heels of the recent departure of soprano cornet soloist Kevin Crockford, Phillip McCann has announced that he has resigned from his conducting position at Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

Speaking directly to British Bandsman, Phillip McCann commented: “This is a very sad night. Following developments that have seen Michael Dodd, Laura Hirst and even my trusted old Black Dyke colleague Kevin Crockford departing from Grimethorpe Colliery Band, I have now sadly found myself penning my own resignation. To put it simply, and I’m sure Kevin won’t mind me echoing his words, ‘Grimethorpe are going down a path which is not for me.’”

Philip McCann continued: “For some months I had been looking forward to conducting the band at the British Open, but recent developments have made that impossible. I have enjoyed much of my recent work with the band, as there has been some great playing and performances that I shall cherish in my memory. I’d like to thank the players who supported what we set out to achieve together and wish them success in the future.”

A spokesman for Grimethorpe Colliery Band added: "Unfortunately things never developed out as we had hoped between Grimethorpe and Phillip McCann and the band and trustees decided that a change of direction would be beneficial. We would like to thank Phillip for his work with us and wish him well in his next venture."