2015 National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain: First Section

 

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Last weekend the band embarked on another exciting journey to the National Finals in Cheltenham, just 12 months after claiming 3rd place in the Second Section. After a successful start to our debut year in the First Section, with a competent placing at Butlins and a fantastic 2nd place in the L&SC Areas, the band were looking forward to taking Kenneth Hesketh’s exciting and challenging test piece ‘The Alchymist’s Journal’ all the way to Cheltenham.

With an action packed fortnight of rehearsals ending with a night in Swindon, the band were drawn to play 10th in a line-up of 17 strong and experienced bands from across the UK. Despite one or two nerves on stage, the band gave what it felt to be a solid performance of this work. We were disappointed with our 15th place but encouraged by the audience reaction and by the varying brass band press who, while not tipping us for the very top end of the results mentioned the quality of the interpretation and ensemble playing. We’re looking forward to working on music for our late October concert in Fulham, and soon it will be Christmas and then Butlins!

Fulham Brass Band are looking for committed Percussionists to join our ambitious and friendly band. We are 5 minutes walk from the London Underground network and rehearse on Monday evenings. Please contact enquiries@fulhambrassband.co.uk if you think this is you!