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Friday 4 December, 2020

Grimethorpe Colliery Band has launched a fundraising campaign as it seeks to secure vital funds though the #SaveOurBrassBands initiative, led by Crowdfunder and Brass Bands England.

The Yorkshire band would typically enjoy a busy schedule of concerts and contests, all of which were brought to a halt as a result of the pandemic.

A spokesperson for Grimethorpe Colliery Band commented: “Since the measures to counter the COVID pandemic were introduced in March all brass bands have been unable to meet or perform to our audiences. Like many within the arts sector this has had a dramatic effect on many organisations which do so much to support their local communities.

“Grimethorpe Colliery Band has been particularly badly hit with the loss of more than 30 concerts, including the cancellation of sell-out concerts in the Royal Albert Hall in London and a tour of Switzerland during the first lockdown.

“Since being formed in 1917 our band has faced many threats to our continuing ability to make music and entertain the public. Having lost 90 per cent of our revenue during 2020 and with no signs yet of any end to the restrictions during 2021, this is, without question, the most challenging period in the band’s history.”

The spokesperson continued: “The members of the band have been busy during the lockdown and have worked online in highly creative ways to produce virtual performances which have drawn praise for their innovative and creative approach. We are determined to fight to maintain the legacy of the Grimethorpe Colliery Band for future generations and are delighted to take part in and offer our support to this vital initiative.”

Support the campaign at: crowdfunder.co.uk/grimethorpeband