Band on the Run

October 1, 2017 – 1:05 pm

Some members of Fulham Brass Band have just completed an incredible 15 mile run for the homelessness charity Shelter (1st October 2017).  The early Sunday morning start did not deter this mighty foursome who ran the Urban Rush challenge starting at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford and finishing in Bishop’s Park, Fulham.  Well done Matt Smith, Emmeline Downer, John Ward and Laura Wormington.  Now go and enjoy your well deserved Sunday roast!

If you would like to donate follow this link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/EMMELINE-DOWNER2

band on the run 2017

Autumn Concert 2017 – Brass and Voices

September 23, 2017 – 12:41 pm

It’s nearly time for our 2017 Autumn concert.  It will take place at our home – St Etheldreda’s church in Fulham on Sunday October 15th.  We will be performing an eclectic mix of music from John Williams to Andrew Lloyd Webber and from traditional marches to Celtic dance music, with a very welcome return of our very special guests Alle Choir!

Alle Choir London is a vibrant group of Polish singers based in London. The group was formed by Marta Mathea Radwan in November 2015.  Alle Choir have a diverse repertoire ranging from jazz standards and modern vocal compositions, to Polish carols and wedding songs. Alle Choir sing a cappella or with instrumental backing, bringing rich harmonies and lots of fun.  Their most notable recent performance was on BBC One’s “Pitch Battle”, where they were the only jazz group in the competition.

Tickets can be purchased in advance  or on the door. Get them here:  https://www.wegottickets.com/event/417291

Sad goodbyes and happy hellos!

August 28, 2017 – 6:23 pm

We have recently said goodbye to our solo horn player.  We would like to officially thank Ally Crowther for doing an amazing job leading the Fulham horn section for over 12 years and wish her luck in her new pursuits.  Surely there’s nothing better to do than spend your Monday evenings down at a rousing Fulham Brass Band rehearsal?  If you fancy joining us,  we are looking for percussionists as well as a solo horn player!  If you are coming to London soon, drop us a line on our contact us page.

As well as our new solo euphonium Jonti Smith we have been joined by Catherine Whittingham on B flat Bass and Paul Findlay on bass trombone – both  members of the British Army Corps of Music.  Jenny Butterworth from St Pinnock band in Cornwall and RNCM graduate, Alice Godfrey have joined our solo cornet section.  Jonathan Barker joins us on first baritone having played for years with Salvation Army bands.

At the moment we are working hard for the Autumn Southern Counties Amateur Band Association (SCABA) contest in Crawley.  Wish us luck as we compete against Championship section bands! We are also preparing for our Autumn Concert on 15th October at our home, St Etheldreda’s Church in Fulham.  We have a tradition of including either a soloist or other music group in our concerts and this time we will see the Alle Choir join us again.  We hope to see as many of you there as possible!

 

New Principal Euphonium!

April 22, 2017 – 2:07 pm

Fulham Brass Band is pleased to announce the signing of Jonti Smith. Jonti started playing the tenor when he was seven years old, before being promoted to euphonium several years later. Hailing from Northamptonshire, Jonti progressed through the county music service, eventually reaching the position of principal euphonium with the County Youth Brass and Concert bands, whilst receiving tuition from Gary Rose.

While at school Jonti became a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, conducted by Bramwell Tovey, and the European Youth Brass Band.

Jonti studied Music and the University of Manchester, receiving tution from Bill Miller and Dave Thornton, whilst focusing his studies on musicology and analysis. During his years in Manchester Jonti played with the Rothwell Temperance Band, Leyland Band, Fairey Band and Tubular Brass.

Having moved to London in March 2017, Jonti is delighted to have joined Fulham Brass.

Fulham welcomes Jonti and looks forward to what the future holds! Come and see Jonti and the rest of the band play on 21st May in our concert with James Fountain (Principal Trumpet of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra).

Tickets available from: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/396989

Spring has sprung!

April 3, 2017 – 12:29 pm

Image may contain: 1 personOn 19th March Fulham Brass Band competed at Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre in the London and Southern Counties Area. The band is very pleased to have placed 5th out of 17 bands in the First Section. After all the hard work of the areas, the band is now back in full swing and preparing for our next concert!

Please join us on 21st May at St.Etheldreda’s Church, Fulham for ‘Blaze! A Celebration of English Music’ with special guest, James Fountain (principal trumpet of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra).

James will perform Phil Lawrence’s astonishing concerto ‘Blaze’ and the band will feature music by Queen, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Gavin Higgins, The Beatles, Richard Rodney Bennett and George Lloyd.

Tickets available from: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/396989

New Year, New Projects

January 18, 2017 – 7:55 pm

Happy New Year to everyone from Fulham Brass Band. The band are now back for 2017 in full swing after our first sectional of the new year. John and the band were thrilled to have the full band on Monday in preparation for the Area Contest in March at Stevenage. The audition process for brass vacancies are nearly at an end and we would like to thank everyone who has come down to the band to have a play so far. There are still vacancies for percussionists in the band and we invite anyone to get in contact with us and come have a go. New signings will be announced shortly!

Fulham is working very hard on the Area test piece, The Land of the Long White Cloud by Philip Sparke, and we are introducing more repertoire into our rehearsals for our spring concert with guest soloist James Fountain, principal trumpet of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert will take place on Sunday 21st May at 3pm in St.Etheldreda’s Church, Fulham, where we rehearse. Details of repertoire and tickets to follow soon. Save the date!

New Welcomes Part 2.

November 16, 2016 – 1:23 pm

Here is part two of our welcome to the new players!

First the band would like to welcome Matthew Foakes to the Bb Bass seat. Matthew is originally from Reading. His brass banding career began aged eight, where he started playing the cornet. After spending some time on euphonium, he settled on the tuba and played for the Berkshire Youth Brass Band whilst living at home. He moved to Birmingham to study German and Russian and he played in the university brass band. He returned to Reading and played in a 4th section band called Pangbourne Silver Band. Now living in London, Matthew works in publishing and really looks forward to his role in the band.

Next, we congratulate Andy Sladen for his brave move from the front row cornet section to the soprano cornet. After Andy unexpectedly came home from school aged eight declaring he was now learning to play the cornet, his Mum and Dad sent him to the local band, Royston, where he started his brass banding career. After spells of playing principal cornet in Hertfordshire County Youth Band and with the City of Oxford Band, he joined Fulham for the first time in 2005, when he moved to London. A career sojourn to Birmingham took him away to a happy five year spell with the Langley Band in Black Country, but on returning to London in 2015, he rejoined his brass band home at Fulham and now sits in the sop chair!

Finally, Fulham welcomes Adam Funnel to a new seat. Adam is a PhD student at UCL, currently halfway through his degree in Electrical Engineering. Adam has a range of musical experience, particularly in concert bands and musical theatre. Despite playing the euphonium and trombone for over ten years, Fulham has provided his first taste of high quality banding since joining on euphonium  in 2015. Having really enjoyed his time with Fulham so far, he has moved to the 2nd Trombone seat and is a great addition to the section!

Fulham wishes all of our players in their new seats the best of luck and thanks them for their commitment to the band.

Principal Horn Vacancy

November 9, 2016 – 11:29 am

Fulham Brass Band welcomes applications for the position of Principal Horn. We’re an established First Section band with a regular schedule of 3-4 competitions a year and local community events. We are continually developing our self-promoted Spring and Autumn concerts through engaging world class soloists and inviting local groups to join us. We’re sympathetic to the work-life-band balance by rehearsing once a week (Monday 19:30-22:00) and we are well connected to the London Underground (Putney Bridge-Zone 2) and road network (10 minutes from both the Hammersmith flyover and South Circular).

For more information, please contact our Band Manager Chris on bandmanager@fulhambrassband.co.uk

Concert Success and New Welcomes!

November 7, 2016 – 7:09 pm

The band has had a well deserved rest and is now back to rehearsing, after our successful concert with the Alle Choir. It was a great afternoon filled with fantastic music, all thanks to the hard work and commitment put in by John, the band and Alle Choir. Thanks must also go to everyone at St.Etheldreda’s church and all of our supporters who came to watch us!

In the past few weeks there have been some exciting changes in the band and we would like to welcome many new (and old) players to the band, with many of our vacancies being filled and some existing players changing seats. So here is the first instalment of the announcements of the new positions!

First of all, the band would like to welcome Laura Wormington to the Solo Cornet section. Laura began playing  in Appledore Junior Band aged seven, after watching her friend in the band and wanting a gold and green jacket of her  own. They gave her a cornet and taught her 5 notes and life as a brass bander began. At high school Laura took  up the trumpet and experimented in both jazz and classical playing, but remained loyal to her brass band roots. She joined Fulham when she moved to London for university, where she studies music at King’s College London. Laura is very much looking forward to playing and  competing with the band.

Next, we would like to welcome Alice Finn, who joins the band on 2nd cornet. Originally from Greater Manchester, Alice first made her brass banding debut with the Eagley Band, before moving to London to start her music degree at King’s College London. Most of her early experience was as an orchestral and big band trumpet player, and although she is fairly new to the brass banding world, her love of brass bands makes her a great addition to our banding team!

To the other end of the band now, and Fulham extends a warm welcome to our new Eb Bass player Matthew Homburg. Matthew is originally from Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and has played the E Flat Bass for five years. He began his brass banding career in the Tewit Youth Brass Band and also spent time helping several other local brass bands. Last year he moved to London to study at Imperial College London, where he played with the university wind band. We hope Matthew enjoys his return to banding and we wish him all the best in his Fulham career.

Finally, it is the debut of our new 2nd Euphonium Steven Williams, who has moved up one chair from 1st Baritone.  Steven recently returned to banding after living overseas for 8 years. He has worked in Thailand,  Malaysia and Egypt as the Head of Music in 3 International Schools. Before moving abroad, he  studied the Baritone Horn at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Whilst  studying, he played Solo Baritone and Solo Trombone for a Championship band in Yorkshire  called Pennine Brass. Steven now works as the Director of Music at a Prep School in Surrey.

We look forward to announcing more new players in the coming days!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vacancies in Fulham Brass Band

November 2, 2016 – 9:35 pm

Fulham Brass Band (L&SC First Section) are seeking a strong Bass trombone, Bb Bass1st Baritone and Percussionists to add to our existing line up. 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! For further information please contact Chris Wiggins (Band Manager) in confidence on enquiries@fulhambrassband.co.uk