Wild Winds Coldly Blow for Grimethorpe
Grimethorpe Colliery Band has used its time away from the contest and concert platform due to the COVID-19 crisis to concentrate on a number of new artistic projects. The first to come to fruition is a collaboration between the band, composer Nigel Clarke, ‘Broadchurch’ actor Shaun Dooley, photographer Lorne Campbell, creative video producer Michael Hamilton and tenor horn soloist Helen Varley to bring to musical life an evocative poem written by author Emily Brontë.
Commenting on the project Helen stated, "It has been really exciting to be part of something so ambitious. Working with such a superb team of collaborators to bring it to life has been engrossing, but we were keen to develop something different, and I think that's resulted in a quite beautiful presentation."
M.D. David Thornton added, "Yorkshire is rich in historical culture and brass bands should play a central role in celebrating it. Projects like this can also juxtapose that heritage with the most contemporary use of technology and then link it to the wonderful music of a composer of Nigel Clarke's standing and Helen's superb artistry. Grimethorpe have always striven to be artistically ambitious and I'm delighted that this project has shown that once more."
'Wild Winds Coldly Blow' was recorded using the latest smart phone technology to try and show what can be achieved despite severe performance restrictions, with the audio put together by Griff Hewis, a specialist engineer who has worked on the band's 'Brassed Off Live' performances.
The video can be viewed via the following link: https://www.facebook.com/GrimethorpeBand/videos/698979154226946
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