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New principal cornet at Grimethorpe

Friday 6 May, 2022

There is a new principal cornet player at Grimethorpe Colliery Band, following the appointment of Jamie Smith.

Previously principal cornet of the Hammonds and Flowers Bands, as well as the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, he is also a member of the award-winning A4 Brass Quartet and musical director of the Hade Edge Band.

Reflecting on his appointment, Jamie said: “I am delighted to be returning to Grimethorpe Colliery Band. It is a band with such a rich and unique history, and one that demands the highest musical standards. I am excited to get started in what I hope will be a fruitful partnership.”

Jamie replaces Iain Culross in the prestigious position with the Yorkshire band. His first concerts will include Brassed Off Live at the Royal Albert Hall on May 25, following which the band will be performing at KKL Concert Hall in Lucerne on July 2.

David Thornton, musical director of Grimethorpe Colliery Band, commented: “I’m delighted that Jamie Smith will be the band’s new principal cornet. I’ve been so impressed by his performances, both with the A4 Brass Quartet and Flowers over the past few years – he’s a perfect fit for the band. He is passionate about banding and about GCB, and I look forward to him helping us shape the future at Grimethorpe.

“I’d also like to thank Iain Culross for his leadership and playing since I’ve been with Grimethorpe. Iain’s versatility as a musician will always mean he’s in great demand, and I wish him all the best for the future.”

A spokesperson for Grimethorpe Colliery Band echoed David’s thanks to Iain Culross, adding that while increased travelling pressures the high level of commitment needed to play with Grimethorpe was difficult to sustain, the band was indebted to him for leading it “with such class and flair”.

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