Stephen Shimwell

Discussion in 'Obituaries - Unregistered visitors can post here' started by Bones, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. Bones

    Bones Member

    I am very sad to announce that Steve Shimwell has passed away.

    It was confirmed to me today by his closest friend, who asked I should try and make aware as many of his pupils from the South East Derbyshire Days.

    Steve was best remembered I am sure for his work as a Brass tutor for Derbyshire in the 80's, and for his creation of the South East Derby. Brass band, which eventually became Orion Airways Brass, Britannia Airways Brass and Thorntons. As well as the Jaguar Cars Band Steve had involvement with many other ensembles.

    He was an inspirational teacher, and he will be sorely missed.

    I will post further details as I know them
  2. Frontman

    Frontman Member

    That is very sad news, I knew Stephen well through his conducting and adjudicating.
    This is another sad loss to the movement.

    RIP Stephen. God Bless.
  3. Elliebone

    Elliebone Member

    Sorry to hear that. Will never forget working with him on Sibelius 2 in Derbyshire Youth Orchestra. I think it must have been the late 70s though as I left in 1980. Condolences to his nearest and dearest.
  4. grandad

    grandad Member

    Steve was my Professor at the Royal Marines School of Music. He was a hard task master and a great mentor.


    My condolences to his Family.

    Please can someone PM me with details of the funeral
  5. mosel75

    mosel75 New Member

    Closest friend? Pete Bullock?
  6. ian perks

    ian perks Active Member

    I heard at Buxton Contest yesterday about this ;very sad news to hear.
    I remember him taking Ransome at the British Open in 1978 on Benvenuto Cellini it was a great performance and a well deserved placing in the top 6 that day 3rd if im remember correct.
  7. Rustonw

    Rustonw Member

    I'm shocked to hear about Steve's death, I have many good memories of his time as MD at City of Coventry Band in the 1980's. When ever I have seen him since he always found time to stop and talk and catch up on events.
    A very talanted a all round nice man, he will be sadly missed.

    Wayne Ruston
    City of Coventry Band
    Last edited: May 3, 2010
  8. Bones

    Bones Member

    It was from Pete that I heard the sad news
  9. Bones

    Bones Member

    As soon as I hear anything I will post the details.
  10. grandad

    grandad Member

    Thanks Bones.
  11. Blades4Ever

    Blades4Ever Member

    I agree entirely with Wayne.

    I first met Steve when he guested with Kibworth Band at the Watford Contest in 1973 and the Midlands Area Contest at Leicester in 1974. He was a fine Euphonium player and a very enthusiastic musician.

    When the City of Coventry Band were the British Open Champions in 1981, we found ourselves in need of a Resident Conductor and had no hesitation in appointing Steve. Unfortunately his partnership with Major Peter Parkes only lasted a couple of years as Steve had to relinquish the position due to personal circumstances. Luckily his circumstances changed and he was able to resume the partnership in 1984.

    Steve was a very enthusiastic and thorough Conductor and also produced some excellent arrangements for the band. He will be sadly missed by the band movement.

    I hope to be able to meet up with former members of the City of Coventry Band at the funeral when I'm sure we'll raise a glass in memory of a fine musician and, as Wayne puts it, an all round nice man.

    Ian Scott
    City of Coventry Band
  12. Bones

    Bones Member

    As promised

    The funeral of Stephen Shimwell will be held as follows:

    All Saints Church

    Youlgrave (sometimes spelt Youlgreave)


    Thursday 13th May, 10.45AM

    Directions to Youlgrave
    The village can be reached from Derby by turning right at Newhaven on the A515 Ashbourne to Buxton road, turning sharp left and following the well sign posted country roads. It can also be reached by turning left, about a mile past Rowsley village on the main A6 Matlock to Bakewell road.