On the edge of history

Issue 5946

Cory Band looks to make further history at the RAH on 8 October. All about the National Final and much more in the latest packed edition of BB!

Phillip McCann takes over at Grimethorpe as Bob Childs announces resignation

Thursday 29 September, 2016

It has been announced that Phillip McCann has been appointed as the Professional Conductor of Grimethorpe Colliery Band, following the news that Dr. Robert Childs has resigned as the band’s Musical Director. Phillip McCann will lead Grimethorpe at the forthcoming Brass in Concert Championship and the 2017 Yorkshire Regional Championships, as well the high-profile Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) Brass Band Festival.

The former Black Dyke Mills principal cornet player, who left his conducting post at Carlton Main Frickley Colliery last year, commented: “I am at heart just a bandsman, and I truly feel both humbled and honoured to be appointed Professional Conductor of one of the truly great bands in our movement. I am looking forward with great excitement to working, and making music, with such an extremely talented group of musicians, some of the finest instrumentalists in brass banding. We will, together, aim for the stars and with hard work, commitment and belief in each other, hopefully reach the moon! I have such enthusiasm for 2017.”

It was also announced that Brian Grant is to continue his role as Associate Conductor, and will be directing the band in all of its
other performances.

Robert Childs resigned from Grimethorpe Colliery on Friday 23 September, having spent three successful years at the helm. During his tenure, which started at the National Final in 2013, Grimethorpe regained the Brass in Concert title (2014), as well as the British Open Championship (2015) for the first time since 1991. The band was also runner-up at the Yorkshire Regional Championships in 2014 and ’15, and again at Brass in Concert in 2015. His last contest appearance with Grimethorpe was at the recent British Open, where it finished in fifth place.

Dr. Childs commented: “Having done the job for almost three years, the travelling has finally taken its toll. Commuting from South Wales to Yorkshire is a long journey and I’d like to spend more time at home with my family. I’ve enjoyed my time at Grimethorpe as Musical Director and wish the band every success in the future.”

A spokesperson for Grimethorpe commented: “We are sad to lose Bob as our Musical Director. He has worked hard during his time with us and achieved great things both on and off the conducting podium.”