So, the Olympics are finally here and the atmosphere has been building since the spectacular opening ceremony on Friday 27th July. The band had been hired by the very appropriately named “Fulham Brass” to entertain the crowds outside his shop on Fulham Road as the Men’s Cycle Road race went past in the afternoon of Saturday 28th July. There was a noticeable buzz in the air as the band set up (probably not down to us) and we were entertained by the Bradley Wiggins impersonators on the balcony on the house opposite. Expectation grew as the cavalcade built, followed by the riders, albeit all too rapidly to get a really good view.
The Fulham Band were booked to play at the Celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this afternoon. After being ushered over to the adjacent All Saint’s Church, we were asked whether we could stay to play for a mystery guest.
After a short wait, it became clear that we were likely to be playing for someone who was more important than your run-of-the-mill celeb, especially when we were presented with copies of the national anthem
Soon after, there was a stirring in the crowd and the object of the excitement became clear; the mystery guest was none other than H.R.H. Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and his daughthers, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice. After a tour of the grounds, the Royal party returned to the Church, where the band played the Trumpet Tune from Te Deum, and then the National Anthem. The Prince talked to members of the band, particularly Sarah Linstead and the Princesses posed for pictures with members of the band. Soon after, the Royal Party left to join the flotilla up the Thames to Tower Bridge.
The band had been keen to compete in an entertainments contest and it was decided that we should aim for The Wychavon Festival of Brass on 17th and 18th September 2011. Due to the popularity of the competition, we were too late to enter the 2nd Section contest, so, in for a penny, in for a pound, we entered the First Section contest.
Under guest conductor Alan Duguid’s steady and firm direction, the band played to a large crowd which grew bigger and bigger throughout the performance. Highlights included our soloists’ elegant interpretations of “Rev. Archie Beaton” (Michael Dawson, Euphonium), “Rusalka’s Song to the Moon” (Clare Jenneson, Cornet) and “All by Myself” (Mike Boyd, Tenor Horn).
A day of beer and banding! What could be better? On Saturday 6th August the Fulham Brass Band played to a very merry crowd at the Great British Beer Festival, Earls Court. Guest conducted by Alan Duguid, the band enjoyed playing a program of lively pieces including the march Barnard Castle and a medley of tunes from My Fair Lady.
Finishing with some traditional British favourites including Dam Busters, Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem, a fantastic day was had by all and the band look forward to next time!
The Band have returned to Parsons Green (our former home) for the weekend in order to close the annual Parsons Green Fair.
Under the baton of Alan Duguid, the Band entertained the crowds with a selection of light music ranging from brass band classics to more contemporary theme tunes and followed a very pleasant afternoon of music with a few drinks at the White Horse (an old band favourite).
Listen to an audio clip here: Fulham plays Brass on the Bridges
Fulham Band have enjoyed another Whit Friday weekend in 2011! As last year, the band performed at the Whit Walks on Friday morning in Mossley, before taking part in seven contests around the Saddleworth area. Our Lady Gaga compilation went down splendidly in every village and other highlights from the weekend included a guest percussionist in Uppermill, a last minute dash (beer in hand / chips in bell) to the start line at Greenfields and a Born-Free-Challenge introduction to Ravenswood at Scouthead.
On Saturday, 19th March, the Fulham Brass Band will be competing in the Second section of The London & Southern Counties Region of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, at the Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre. This brings to an end the band’s reign as Champions, when the trophy is handed back. Continue reading
Fulham were booked to appear at Comic Relief’s 24 Hour Panel People – the UK’s first-ever live, online streamed 24 hour panel show. David Walliams was to be involved in the entire show from start to finish and joined and ably assisted by a whole host of stars including David Tennant, Jack Dee, Stephen Fry, Miranda Hart, Claudia Winkleman, Jason Manford, David Mitchell, Dara O’Briain, Paul O’Grady, Sue Perkins, Jo Brand, Jimmy Carr, Lee Mack, Richard Bacon, Vernon Kay, Sir David Frost, Barbara Windsor, Russell Tovey, Charlie Brooker, Christopher Biggins, Ulrika Jonsson, Patricia Hodge, Jedward plus many more. Continue reading