A short history of brass band music

London & Southern Counties Champions, the Fulham Brass Band performed a free concert at All Saints Church, Fulham on the 7th May. The concert programme covered some of the greatest and most important music in the history of the British Brass Band, as well as some of the best contemporary music written for Brass Band. The concert featured soloists Paul Lynch (trombone) and Justin Gulliver (Eb bass) Continue reading

Regional Champions 2010!

On Saturday 20th March, Fulham Brass Band competed in the regional qualifiers in Stevenage and were placed FIRST! in a field of 14 similarly ranked bands! The test piece was Labour and Love by Percy Fletcher, a classic of  the brass band repertoire, and the first original piece of contest music for the genre being composed in 1914. Continue reading

Principal players revealed for Areas challenge

The Fulham Brass Band have now finalised the rehearsal schedule for the Area contest on March 20th. The set piece is ‘Labour and Love’ by Percy Fletcher and the score makes demands of a number of the band’s principal players:-

  • Principal Cornet: Victoria Curran
  • Solo Horn: Ally Crowther
  • Solo Baritone: Louise Harrison
  • Solo Trombone: Paul Lynch
  • Solo Euphonium: Mike Dean

Band management update

Following the departure of Andrew Sladen from the band in January, an EGM was held in early February to appoint an interim Band Secretary. We are pleased to announce that Chris Wiggins has been elected to fill this very important role for the band until the Annual General Meeting in April. Ally Crowther has also been elected as interim Band Treasurer. Both will now work with the Chairman and MD over the next couple of months to put in place a plan to help the band to continue to develop during 2010.

Goodbye Andy…but not just yet!!

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The band is very sad to lose our principal cornet and band secretary, Andrew Sladen, due to a relocation with work. Andy served Fulham Brass Band fantastically over a number of years as principal cornet player and during the last 12 months as a very effective and well liked Band Secretary. The Butlins contest in January was due to be Andy’s last official job with the band, but it has been agreed that Andy will come back for the Area contest in March. This contest marks a key stage in the development of the band over the last couple of years and top 5 result may see the band get promoted to the 2nd section for the first time in its history. A process to appoint a new principal cornet will now begin.

Fulham enjoy Butlins get-away

 Pictures here Fulham Brass Band recently competed at the Butlins Mineworkers Competition in Skegness and had a great time – despite not getting placed this year with the set piece ‘Diamonds’ by Tom Moss. The composer was actually in the hall during our performance and he was very complementary about our musical approach to his music. We hope we will have the opportunity to play more of his music in the near future. Continue reading

BBC ‘The One Show’

A small group of players from Fulham Brass Band recently appeared on BBC TV’s ‘The One Show’ to help raise the festive spirit in Upminster. The band was joined by an enthusistic crowd and presenters Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley in a couple of verses of We Wish You a Merry Christmas.