Looking forward to another great year

Let me start by thanking you all for the wonderful support you have given the Band over the last year. The Big Band concert was wonderfully supported and tickets for our Christmas Crackers Concert were all sold some 4 weeks before the concert.

As usual, December was a busy month, we played at 2 Church services, presented 2 small Band Concerts and our final full Band concert. During this time we were pleased to offer our support to community events, as well as helping to raise the best part of £1,000 for various charities.

As we enter our 56th year since being formed, the Band is now hard at work preparing for contest life in a higher section, which will be a challenge. We are pleased to be holding another workshop lead by Michael Fowles (Resident MD of the Foden’s Band – now rated the number 1 Band in the world) before we head off to Stevenage for the National Brass Band Qualifying Heats in March.

We will be staging two concerts in the Spring/Summer season:

Baking with Brass – Sunday 28th April - 3pm at St. Francis Church (all funds raised go to the Church) – Brass Band music and home-made cakes on a Sunday afternoon – sounds like bliss!

Brass on the Grass – Saturday 29th June – 3pm - St Nicholas Church – Kelvedon Hatch

Bring your deck chairs and picnic and sit in the glorious sun listen to this outdoor concert (just in case the weather is not kind the concert will take place in the Church)

Ticket details will appear on the website closer to the performances.

Preparations are well underway for us to go to the Netherlands in August, a party of just under 40 people (players and supporters) will head off to play two concerts, the details of which are currently being finalised.

Finally, a thanks to all those that are renewing their 100 Club share for another year, this is the Band’s longstanding fund raiser. There may be a share or two still available so if you can spare £1 a month to support the Band (and maybe even win one of the monthly draws) please contact us.

Kevin Jordan

Musical Director

Fairlop Brass