Grimethorpe Colliery Band

The Grimethorpe Colliery Band in Concert with Rex Richardson

Guest Artists

Date and time
22 Mar 2024 (7:30pm - 9:30pm)

The Bradshaw Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR


Students / under 18s £5 

Grimethorpe Colliery Brass band performing on stage

Grimethorpe Colliery Band in concert with Rex Richardson

"Music from Both sides of the Pond"

Featuring works from 
Malcolm Arnold, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Morton Gould, Leonard Bernstein, Peter Graham and Allen Vizzutti.

Grimethorpe Colliery Band are delighted to be presenting this concert with the International Trumpet Virtuoso Rex Richardson.

The concert entitled “music from both sides of the pond” will feature Rex performing the world Premiere of Peter Graham’s new trumpet Concerto entitled “Master of Suspense”. Rex will also perform the fiendishly difficult concerto “Three World Winds” by his great friend and fellow virtuoso Allen Vizzutti.

The concert will explore the close links between the US and the UK and will also feature works by Ralph Vaughan-Williams, Malcolm Arnold, Morton Gould and Leonard Bernstein. There will also be a few surprises too in this immense musical collaboration featuring the very best in Brass music.

Rex Richardson

Hailed in jazz circles as “a standout soloist with the power, range and flexibility to rival Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw,” (DownBeat Magazine, 2014) and in classical as “among the very best trumpet soloists in the world today,” (Journal of the International Trumpet Guild, 2011) and “One of the finest virtuosos of our time” (Brass Herald, 2018) and in Yamaha Performing Artist Rex Richardson was named the 2008 Brass Herald International Personality of the Year. 

Having developed a reputation unique in the trumpet world for his combination of singular virtuosity, deep lyricism, and an emphasis on improvisation in classical as well as jazz idioms, Richardson is a committed champion of new music. He has presented the premiere performances of genre-busting concertos written for him by Peter Graham, Peter Meechan, Anthony Plog, Doug Richards, David Sampson, Andy Scott, James Stephenson, Allen Vizzutti, and Dana Wilson in thirty-eight countries.

Grimethorpe Colliery Band

Formed in 1917, during the First World War, Grimethorpe Colliery Band is a British institution. National and British Open Champions on numerous occasions, the band’s contest successes remain legendary. These include 16 Brass In Concert Championship titles, 11 times Yorkshire Regional Champions, two English National Championship victories, four times British Open Champions and four times National Champion Brass Band of Great Britain.

Grimethorpe's diverse noted concert performances include those at the FIFA World Cup, BAFTA Awards, BBC Proms, Eurovision and London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, together with a wealth of national and international television / radio appearances and professional recordings. The band has been the recipient of two gold discs, as well as a BAFTA nomination for its contributions to the global hit movie “Brassed Off” for which Grimethorpe was the focal point.

The Royal Albert Hall, Symphony Hall, Barbican, Westminster Abbey, European Parliament, Sydney Opera House and more, have all played host to Grimethorpe. With tours to Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, and concerts & festival appearances throughout Europe, the band’s performance reputation remains unsurpassed.

This concert lasts approximately 2 hours including interval.

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