Fairlop Brass Newsletter


August 2022 – Life getting Back to Normal

After all the trials and tribulations of the last couple of years, it is pleasing to report that Band life is getting back to normal.

Returning after the Christmas break the Band had a few rehearsals before a one day workshop with Michael Fowles. Mike is the current Musical Director and resident conductor of the 2021 National Champions, Foden’s Brass Band. He is also a regular professional conductor for a number of Bands, particularly at the National Finals at The Royal Albert Hall. Mike has led this annual workshop for several years now and thoroughly enjoys his day with the Band and is looking forward to a similar event in January 2023.

Icing on the Cake

The Band were once again pleased to present Baking with Brass in March where we helped raise several hundred pounds for St. Francis Church, our rehearsal venue. Shortly after this we headed off to Stevenage to battle it out with 18 other Bands to represent London & Southern Counties in our section at the National Brass Band finals. This was our first contest for over three years and whilst we were very pleased with our 4th place, we know we could have played better and missing out, by one place, on a place in the finals was disappointing.

Jubilee Celebrations

In May we were invited by Doddinghurst Parish Council to play at their Queen’s 70th Anniversary Pageant. Whilst the weather during the preceding days gave cause for concern, on the day it remained dry and we were able to present three separate sets, outside as planned, to a very appreciative audience who also enjoyed a whole range of food, drink and fun activities.

Brass on the Grass

In June we presented the annual Brass on the Grass concert, to raise funds for St. Nicholas Church in Kelvedon Hatch. This concert has become a popular permanent fixture in the Band’s calendar, particularly since we moved this from an evening to an afternoon start time. We were treated to fantastic weather as we played to an audience of some 170 people and must thank Reverend Julie for allowing us into her garden. The event was a fantastic success for the Church as it raised over £1,800 for their funds.