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2nd Section CHAMPIONS 2017!!! Newly 1st section brass band providing music to local events, taking part in contests and giving concerts throughout the year.
Formed in 1979, the name 'Grimsdyke' is taken from a prehistoric or Saxon earthwork which runs across Harrow Weald Common. Echoes of the names of other successful British brass bands are purely coincidental!
Grimsdyke Brass is well known across North West London and further afield for its engaging and entertaining concert performances. With a broad repertoire including film music, jazz, big band standards and, of course, the best brass band classics, Grimsdyke has a concert programme for any occasion. A regular at the Harrow Arts Centre for their summer and Christmas concerts, Grimsdyke Brass also performs throughout the year both in a formal concert setting and at more informal outdoor events such as community events and in park bandstands. The band is also keenly aware of its responsibility to share the love of music with a new generation, with dedicated 'Kids concerts' in both 2013 and 2014 in conjunction with the Harrow and Brent music services respectively.
The bandstand in The Regent's Park is located on Holme Green, between the boating lake and Inner Circle. It was moved from Richmond Park to The Regent's Park in the 1970s.
The Regent’s Park combines large open spaces with tree-lined pathways, formal gardens, and four children’s playgrounds. It has excellent sports facilities, and contains central London’s largest outdoor sports area.
Walk through the elegant flowerbeds in the Avenue Gardens, see more than 12,000 roses in Queen Mary’s Gardens, or hire a rowing boat and join the ducks on the boating lake. Visit the Open Air Theatre and London Zoo, then take a stroll up Primrose Hill for excellent views of the London skyline.
The park also provides a warm welcome for wildlife. It has a large wetland area and is home to around 100 species of wild bird and a breeding population of hedgehogs.
In 1982, the bandstand was the target of a terrorist attack. The IRA bombed the bandstand on 20th July 1982, killing seven soldiers and injuring 24 others during a concert by the band of the Royal Green Jackets. The bandstand is sometimes called the "Memorial Bandstand" in memory of the dead soldiers. There is a plaque that commemorates the seven bandsmen who were killed.
Two years after the bombing, the composer George Lloyd wrote Royal Parks For Brass Band, the second movement of which, In Memoriam is dedicated to the bandsmen who died. The piece still features in many band repertoires.
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