Cecil Exton – Fulham Brass Band Legend

We regret to announce the passing away of former Director of Music of the Fulham Brass Band, Cecil Exton. Cecil deputised for the band as a trombone player in the late 1960’s/early 1970’s, when the band was very short of players and was reduced to a regular membership of about six. The Director of Music at that time, George Scarf, became ill and was unable to continue with the band. A meeting was held in 1971 to consider terminating the band, but a decision was made at the meeting to campaign for the band’s continuation by embarking on a leafleting campaign for new players and seeking the support of the local newspapers in this endeavour. As a result of this campaign, Cecil Exton was approached to become the band’s Director of Music and given the task of turning the band’s fortunes around. When asked whether he would accept the challenge Cecil said “Yes, with all my heart”. Cecil subsequently built up the band’s membership until it was up to full strength with a few years. Continue reading

Two weeks until Fulham take on Stevenage!

Just two weeks to go until the annual and important Areas contest for Fulham Brass Band! On the morning of Sunday 17th March (St Patricks day!!) we will be piling into the Main Hall at Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre to give our rendition of Edward Gregson’s ‘The Plantagenets’. This tricky and detailed symphonic study has really suited the band and explores two continuing themes (one fanfare like and one lyrical).

The band will spend the next 13 days working hard to give our best performance in the Second Section at the London and Southern Counties Brass Band Area contest. So raise your pint of Guinness and come and support Fulham on our quest for victory!

Happy New Year! We’re off to Butlins!

HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone from Fulham Brass Band! After a positive year with a lot of changes, we are now working hard towards our next outing in 2 weeks.. The Butlins Mineworkers Open Brass Band Festival 2013! This year the contest date will be Saturday 19th January in the glamorous Northern holiday spot of Skegness and we will once again be competing against bands from all over the country in the Second Section. Continue reading

Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat…

Fulham Brass Band are delighted to announce that our Christmas concerts are live on the website so you all know where to go this December for some festive joy! This year there are 9 opportunities to see us with a mixture of services, fayres and (perhaps the most popular) pubs!

There are 2 very important concerts for us which we would love to have as many people as possible attend: On Sunday December 9th at 7:30pm you are invited to our rehearsal venue St John’s Church in Fulham Broadway for a FREE evening of Christmas carols and brass band pieces for our Fulham Brass Band Christmas Concert.

Also on Friday December 14th at 7:00 pm Clarendon Hall in Twickenham we are collaborating once again with Regent Brass and Richmond Youth Music Trust for a fantastic evening of talent and Festive Brass! Tickets can be purchased on the following link: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/193711 Continue reading

National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain 2012

Felling Band, current North East Champions are having an open rehearsal at Fulham Brass Band’s rehearsal venue (St John’s Church, SW6 1PB) tomorrow evening (Friday 19th Oct) from 19.30. All are welcome to come along and listen to the band as they prepare for their performance at The Royal Albert Hall on Saturday.
On top of that our own conductor Rob Richardson will also be competing against many of the top bands in the country as Principal Baritone with current London & Southern counties champions Zone One. Good luck everyone.. see you in the bar!

Fulham Band off to Andover

After a disappointing but fun day out at Whychavon Festival of Brass (we came 5th out of 7!) the band are next appearing at The Lights Theatre, Andover with a joint concert with Test Valley Brass on Saturday 6th October at 7:30pm.. do come along to support the band!

Fulham go BRASSBOMBING at RADIO 1

                                                  

Fulham Brass Band received a request from BBC Radio 1 at short notice to supply a brass quintet for a somewhat undercover mission at the station. We were unaware at the time of the nature of the gig, except that we were to play live for about 1-2 minutes on air on Thursday September 6th…

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