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Life of Bryan link re-connected by Grimethorpe

A wonderful link to Grimethorpe's past has been re-connected with the appointment of their new assistant librarian.

Kim Ward


Kim Ward, daughter of legendary tenor horn soloist Bryan Smith has joined Grimethorpe Colliery as their newly appointed assistant librarian.

Although steeped in brass banding through her late father's association with the Yorkshire outfit, Kim never learned a brass instrument (she played clarinet instead!) but always wanted to make her own link with them.


Now that has happened, with Kim telling 4BR: "I wish my Dad could see me now — he'd be so proud."

Band Librarian Jon Beaumont (pictured above with Kim) added: "We are so busy with over 40 concerts booked for 2016 alone that as well as recording and contests I need someone to assist me with the day to day working of our huge library. Kim's the perfect person to do just that!"

I wish my Dad could see me now — he'd be so proudKim Ward


Musical Director Bob Childs was also delighted that another link to Grimethorpe's proud history has been reconnected.

"'I played in Grimethorpe when Bryan was on solo horn. He was a wonderful player with a glorious sound — and was such a character.

I'm sure Kim will be a great asset to us and I know that her 13 year old son Brandon has also got his cornet sights set on a position in the band too — so I'm sure Bryan would be delighted by that as well."

Coldstream Guards

Coldstream link helps student's major project

January 19 • An ambitious student concert featuring Her Majesty's Coldstream Guards Band will take place in Birmingham this evening — all in support of a great cause.

Brass Pack

Brass Packers start their musical journey

January 19 • A new brass ensemble will be taking their first musical steps on their home patch in March.


Music charity launches dementia awareness campaign

January 19 • The Music as Therapy charity has launched an international awareness campaign to celebrate the ways in which music can help people suffering with dementia and other illnesses.


Langholm celebrations for 65 year stalwarts

January 19 • The Langholm Band recently sprang a wonderful surprise on two of their stalwart members.

Regent Hall Concerts - RAF Wind Soloists

Friday 19 January • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - EYMS Brass Band at Hull City Hall

Saturday 20 January • Hull City Hall. 67 Carr Lane,. Kingston upon Hull HU1 3RQ

Black Dyke Band - Morley Town Hall

Saturday 20 January • Morley Town Hall, Morley, Leeds LS27 8DX

Wantage Silver - Gary Curtin

Saturday 20 January • Reading Central Salvation Army RG1 7JR

The Hepworth Band - Soprano Sarah Ogden

Sunday 21 January • Christ Church, Sude Hill, New Mill, Holmfirth HD9 7BL

Shipston Town band

January 18 • We currently need a Kit percussionist, horn and Bb Bass as we prepare for the forthcoming Midlands Area at Bedworth in March. We are graded Section 4

The Corsham Band

January 18 • Having now been promoted to the 2nd Section for the forthcoming Contest season, the band are now looking for a back row cornet player, 2nd or 3rd, to join our team

Derwent Brass

January 17 • Derwent Brass | Championship | Midlands invites applications for PERCUSSION. At Derwent Brass percussion is an important and integral part of the band. We are looking for a talented percussionist, ideally with good tuned ability, to complete the section.

John Maines

BA (Hons)
Presenter, compere and conductor