Grimm Players celebrate 50 years of music at Grimmbourne show

Emma Billingham


A musical celebration marking 50 years of the Grimm Players was put on in the form of its Grimmbourne concert. 

The musical theatre group took the audience on a journey, from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Gondoliers to numbers from Guys and Dolls, and finished in Japan with a section from Mikado.

A special performance of two songs written by the Grimm Players’ first musical director Ian Simmons was put into the set, with Ian joining the orchestra to perform them.

The show on Wednesday at Taplow Court in Berry Hill also featured two guest items from Cox Green School Chamber Choir and Stage One Youth. Grimmbourne also supported two charities; Nordoff Robbins, in memory of former Cox Green pupil and Stage One Youth member Bryony Hollands; and Thames Hospice.

More than £1,000 was raised and will be split between the charities. 

Joint musical directors Bridget Biggar and Pippa Eden were thrilled with the event.

Pippa said: “It was a real privilege to conduct such a fabulous orchestra, many of whom have played in Grimmbourne since its inception in 1991, and lovely to see so many old friends reunited, many having travelled a huge distance to join us.

“Supporting the two charities was our main aim, as well as providing a high quality evening’s entertainment in the gorgeous setting of Taplow Court – we were thrilled to see a packed hall. Huge thanks to all who supported us.”

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