Fulham Brass Band are delighted to announce the recent appointment of Christopher Augustine as Musical Director of the band. After a long process with a high calibre of candidates we are pleased to welcome Chris to the band, where he has already started working on our next contest as part of the SCABA Autumn Contest in Crawley on Sunday 29th September.
Here is a short biography about Chris:
Chris Augustine is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians to have emerged from East London in recent years and has studied the trombone for 10 years. He studied on a postgraduate course at the Royal Academy of Music with scholarship under Mark Templeton, Gordon Campbell, Ian Bousfield, Matthew Gee and Dudley Bright. The Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Philharmonia Orchestra/Martin Musical Scholarship Fund also supported him financially. He previously graduated with distinction from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance on the Master of Music (MMus) course under Graham Spencer Lee.
Chris has been fortunate to play principal trombone with the World Youth Orchestra, Young Musicians’ Symphony Orchestra and the University of London Symphony Orchestra and is now on trial for the Sub-Principal Trombone seat with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He has worked with the London Symphony, the Philharmonia and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestras and is now a Foyle’s Future First member in conjunction with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
In the banding world, Chris plays trombone with Aveley and Newham Brass band and has done so since September 2010 and now is extremely excited to be Musical Director of Fulham Brass Band and feels that is an honour to lead such an amazing and friendly band.
In addition the band are pleased to welcome a couple more players into the band: Nick Marshallsay joins our Bass section on Bb. He began on cornet and later took the plunge on to the bass trombone where he achieved Grade 8. Throughout his youth he played with a number of Midlands bands until moving to London where he finally settled on the tuba. After playing with a number of Championship bands in the area such as Regent Brass and First City he also spent 7 years playing for the highly acclaimed Salvation Army Band in Enfield under the legendary Bandmaster James Williams MBE, then Andrew Blythe and more recently Jonathan Correy. After a short break from playing Nick is really enjoying playing again as part of Fulham.
We also welcome Sean Whyte into our Euphonium section. Originally from New Zealand, Sean has been in the UK for 4 ½ years. He was Solo Euphonium for both Regent Brass and Wantage A Band in the Championship section. In NZ he played with Championship bands North Shore Brass and the Trusts Waitakere Brass.
The band are excited about welcoming Chris, Nick and Sean into our team and look forward to an exciting Autumn of events. Do keep checking the website for up to date information on our future concerts.