Fulham plays at St. James’s Park

Rays of Sun for Fulham at St. James Park Band Stand. 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).

Fulham plays at the Great British Beer Festival

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!

Fulham return to Parsons Green

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).

Brass on the Bridges & Garden Parties Galore

Fulham attended the Royal Festival Hall on Friday night to appear in BBC Radio 3’s Brass on the Bridges feature, the grand opening to their Light Fantastic Festival. Fulham were one of four bands invited to record a specially commissioned fanfare by Anne Dudley which was broadcast on Radio 3 on Saturday 25th June (to listen click the link below) and coordinated by several members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Listen to an audio clip here: Fulham plays Brass on the Bridges

Fulham Return to Whit Friday

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.

 

Fulham Band go to Comic Relief

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

Fulham Band begin the process of moving out

On Saturday 26th February 2011, Fulham began to move out of the British Legion, which has been their home for the past 10 years. Several volunteers took on the non-insubstantial task of moving music, instruments, uniforms and the like, from various locations dotted around the Legion.

The move has been necessitated by changes at the Fulham Branch of the Royal British Legion and we would like to thank all the people who have been involved with hosting us over the last 10 years. They have been kind and generous hosts and we would like to thank them all for their efforts, time and flexibility. I am sure that we will maintain the excellent links forged with the Legion over the coming years.

 

Fulham feature in Ant and Dec’s Push the Button

On February 19th, members of the Fulham Brass Band featured in an episode of Ant and Dec’s Push the Button and played to the biggest audience we will probably ever achieve (6.57 millon). 

The band had been approached to play the programmes’ theme tune. As well as this, we were involved in a game that was entitled, “You do the Maths”. This entailed the contestants selecting members of the band such that their combined ages added up to a given number. To make the game more achievable for the contestants, the band numbers were swelled by some, let’s say, more elderly individuals. That might have accounted for those instruments that were being held upside down during the playing of the theme tune!