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!