Grimethorpe Colliery Band at Blackburn Empire Theatre

This June, Blackburn Empire Theatre welcomes the legendary 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.

Their accomplishments 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 concert performances include appearances 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 have all played host to Grimethorpe.

With tours to Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, and concerts and festival appearances throughout Europe, the band’s performance reputation remains unsurpassed.

“A thoroughly entertaining show & a must for all music enthusiasts”
– The Guardian

“Grimethorpe Colliery Band – the finest jewel in the world of brass bands, and a unique cultural asset”
– Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
English composer and conductor

“Sensational – performing favourite classics in spectacular style!”
– The Times

“The brass bands of this country are unique, and the Grimethorpe Band is unique amongst them”
– Sir Harrison Birtwistle


Blackburn Empire Theatre presents ‘Grimethorpe Colliery Band’ on Saturday 2nd June, 2018 at 7:30pm. Tickets are £15.

Available online here or from the Booking Office in person or by phone (Monday to Saturday 10am to 12:30pm) 01254 685 500.