Jamie Smith (BMusHons, IAD, ARNCM)
Principal Cornet with Grimethorpe Colliery Band
We are delighted to announce that Jamie Smith (Principal Cornet at Grimethorpe) is joining the Mercer and Barker team as our latest Performing Artiste- welcome to the team Jamie.
Jamie plays on an MB4-C
Jamie Smith (b. 1994) is a performer, educator and conductor held in high regard. After starting to play the cornet at the age of 8, Jamie has worked his way broadly through the music world with a specialism in chamber music, education, brass performance and conducting. Jamie is the current Principal Cornet of the world famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band as well as being a founding member of the award winning A4 Brass Quartet.
In August 2015, Jamie was invited to join the Grimethorpe Colliery Band on their tour to Australia, where, upon their return, he was delighted to accept the role of Co-Principal Cornet of the band, working alongside Prof. Roger Webster. During a 3 year spell with the band Jamie played both principal cornet and flugelhorn, with the highlight being a ‘Brassed Off Live’ concert to a maximum capacity Royal Albert Hall. He was appointed the role of principal cornet with the Flowers Band based in Gloucester in January 2019, and in may 2022 he was returned as principal cornet of the Grimethorpe Colliery Band.
Jamie was the first player to be principal cornet of both the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain and the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain. During this time he was a winner of the Katie Ogden Solo Competition and the prestigious Phillip McCann cornet award.
Jamie is also currently a member of the award winning A4 Brass Quartet. The ensemble have claimed many national and international awards, including becoming City Music Foundation Artists and the Royal Overseas League Ensemble Winners. With the group, Jamie has worked in the line of music therapy, carrying out concerts for Live Music Now and Music In Hospitals and Care in SEN and Dementia Care settings.
Jamie has performed in many of the most prestigious concert halls in the UK during his career, including the Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Bridgewater Hall and The Sage as well as performing abroad in Australia, France, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, Lithuania, Uganda, the Channel Islands and 3 tours of Japan in association with Besson Musical Instruments.
Jamie also has a keen interest in teaching. In September 2020 Jamie began working with the Antigua and Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra, where he works with the brass players on the island. Jamie has also lead training days and workshops with youth brass bands, as well as teaching at Huddersfield University, Leeds University and Birmingham Conservatoire.
In the summer of 2019 Jamie ventured into the world of conducting, taking up the baton with the Hade Edge Band. During his first year with the band he achieved 2nd place at the Butlins Mineworkers Championship as well as a 3rd place and promotion at the Yorkshire Area Competition.
Jamie graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2018 with a First Class Honours Degree in Trumpet Performance. Furthermore, Jamie was awarded the International Artists Diploma from the RNCM as a John Fewkes Scholar, one of the highest awards the college has to offer. Jamie continues his ties with the RNCM, holding the title of Honorary Associate Artist in residence with the college and as of January 2021 being awarded an Associate Membership of the college.