Bass player AND Front Row Cornet player wanted!

Fulham Brass Band are seeking a strong Bass player (position negotiable and instrument available!) and Front Row Cornet player to add to our existing line up from October– with promotion to the FIRST Section from Jan 2015! We welcome students, workers or anyone within the area who wish to be part of a hardworking, fun and ambitious band with lots of exciting projects in the pipeline. Please get in touch with Matt Pitt (band manager) in confidence on enquiries@fulhambrassband.co.uk if you fancy joining the Fulham Brass Band family!

National Championships of Great Britain!

Tomorrow Fulham Brass Band are delighted to be partaking in the Second Section of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. We will be travelling up this evening after our final rehearsal and are looking forward to putting our hard work into practice! Come and support us tomorrow morning in Cheltenham!

New Flugelhorn signing!

Fulham BrEmmeline fulhamass Band are delighted to announce the signing of Emmeline Downer to the Flugelhorn chair. Emmeline is 19 and grew up in Cornwall; having started out playing cornet in St. Austell Youth Band aged 10, she worked her way up to principal flugelhorn in the Cornwall Youth Brass Band. She has since moved to London to study Classics at King’s College London and the band are excited to welcome a talented and enthusiastic member to the team!

A special thank you needs to go out to Simon Gale who recently left the band after playing flugelhorn for 8 years due to other commitments. The band are very sad to see him go after many years of service and look forward to staying in touch with him.

Under the baton of John Ward, the band are currently working hard  for the prestigious trip to Cheltenham in September, to represent London and the Southern Counties at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. The Second Section piece is called Traversada by Oliver Warspi, which is a haunting and technically detailed work that the band are embracing with determination throughout the busy summer months.

You can join the band too! We are seeking a strong Solo Baritone and Front Row Cornet (third man down)  to add to our existing line up from October– with promotion to the FIRST Section from Jan 2015! We welcome students, workers or anyone within the area who wish to be part of a hardworking, fun and ambitious band with lots of exciting projects in the pipeline.  Please get in touch with Matt Pitt (band manager) in confidence on enquiries@fulhambrassband.co.uk if you fancy joining the Fulham Brass Band family!

In the Summertime when the weather is fine….

Fulhfulhamam Brass Band have just started our exciting summer programme of gigs, starting with Mount Street Gardens last Sunday 15th June. Despite the lack of sun and a few spots of rain, the band played our opening Summer gig to an audience of enthusiastic fete-goers in the heart of Mayfair. There was even Punch and Judy to enjoy between sets!

Our next outing is this Sunday at the Hurlingham Club Summer Party and we are delighted to keep up the good relationship we have with our neighbours close to the river, however please note that this is for Members Only. If you are a fan of the band then do come along to Parsons Green Fair on Saturday 5th July to support the local Fulham community! And if you still want MORE from the band then catch us at our Summer Concert at Victoria Embankment Gardens at 1:00pm on Saturday 9th August.

The band are working hard with newly appointed MD John Ward to work towards our rewarding trip to Cheltenham in September for the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain and have a lot of further exciting projects waiting in the wings. So do keep checking back and supporting our Summer Programme!

We are still seeking a strong Bb Bass and Front Row Cornet player to add to our existing line up – with promotion to the FIRST Section from Jan 2015! Please get in touch with Matt Pitt (band manager) in confidence on enquiries@fulhambrassband.co.uk if you fancy joining the Fulham Brass Band family!

Fulham announce new MD!

WARD (2)Fulham Brass Band are delighted to announce that the new Musical Director of the band will be John Ward. John took the band to victory at the recent London and Southern Counties Area Contest where the band came FIRST place in the Second Section. The band are thrilled that John will be working with them going forward for many important contests such as the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain in Cheltenham and a busy summer season of gigs and concerts. Please do check out our Gigs page for the most up to date list of where to support us. The band are pleased to have such an experienced and professional conductor at the helm to work with and push the band through the transitional period as they will  officially be promoted to the First Section from January 2015!
 
John’s musical background is within The Salvation Army, which encouraged his early development. He developed an interest in conducting in this late teens and has since benefited hugely through mentorship from both Allan Withington and Ray Farr.
Since starting work with contesting bands, John has built a reputation for developing bands, be it in either a resident or ‘professional’ role. His contesting record reveals consistent success, with a large number of prize-winning performances to his credit.
John was shortlisted for the Assistant Directorship of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and has undertaken work with several of the UK’s very finest bands.
Away from contest performances, he has conducted recording projects with Reg Vardy, Leyland and Co-operative Funeralcare Bands and worked with renowned soloists including Roger Webster, David Childs and Owen Farr.
 
With this exciting new announcement, the band are looking to firm up the strong team of committed players and are currently advertising for the following: Bb Bass, Solo cornet, Percussionist. If you are interested in joining the Fulham Brass Band family at such a rewarding and motivating time, and are willing to commit and work hard to succeed then please do contact Matt Pitt on enquiries@fulhambrassband.co.uk as we would be delighted to hear from you!

 

Come join the team!

Fulham Brass Band (Winners of the L&SC Second Section Areas) are seeking a strong Bb bass, Front Row Cornet and Percussionist to add to our existing line up – with promotion to the First Section from Jan 2015! We are an ambitious and sociable band and welcome applications from motivated and competent individuals. As a central London Brass Band based in Fulham (rehearsing on Monday nights) we have a large group of players from around the world, and are a young, hard-working team with a strong desire to succeed in national competitions plus a busy calendar of exciting projects including a trip to the National Finals in Cheltenham this September! For further information please contact Matt Pitt (Band Manager) in confidence on enquiries@fulhambrassband.co.uk or visit www.fulhambrassband.co.uk

Next stop.. The Areas!

It’s a new year and already Fulham Brass Band are full steam ahead with competitions! Our recent visit to the Butlins Mineworkers Championship in January, was a good start to the year, where we competed against 16 national bands from around the country. We played ‘Kenilworth’ by Sir Arthur Bliss and although did not get the placing we would have hoped for, the band played a good performance and enjoyed the weekend bonding session as per usual!

In 6 weeks time we will be heading back to Stevenage to compete at the London and Southern Counties Regional Brass Band Competition and we will be looking for a good result, to follow on from our successes in 2013. The Band will spend the next few weeks working hard on the piece with a mixture of sectionals and full-band rehearsals working on Chaucer’s Tunes for Brass Band by Michael Ball. The Band will also be preparing our summer programme so that we can look ahead to another year of exciting concerts and projects! Continue reading

Spreading the festive love: Christmas with Fulham!

The presents are being bought, the turkey has been ordered and the mulled wine is bubbling on the stove.. meaning it is December in Fulham! The band have been preparing for our busy Carol Season and have a selection of excellent events that you would all be very welcome to come and support us at:

The full band will be performing our special Christmas set three times in the next 2 weeks. This Thursday 5th December we are delighted to be part of the JDRF Christmas Celebration Concert as part of Diabetes Research UK at St James Church near Paddington (from 7:00pm). Fulham is always delighted to be part of any charity work and we look forward to performing alongside the JDRF Type 1 Choir and the Get Gospel Choir. Then on Sunday 8th December we will be back in our rehearsal home of St John’s Church in Fulham for a special Christmas Advent service at 6:00pm led by Father Mark Osbourne. This will be the final concert of 2013 in Fulham and is free of charge with refreshments available. Our final main band concert will be Festive Brass at 4:00 pm on Sunday 15th December. This will be the third time the band has taken part in this special concert alongside our friends at Regent Brass and Richmond Youth Music Trust. It is sure to be a merry festive occasion with plenty of opportunities for carol singing!

Apart from these 3 concerts we will also be performing in several smaller carol gigs (please see the gigs list for an up to date list of where we will be!). We really hope to see all of you at one of our concerts and look forward to Christmas preparations and spreading the festive joy!