Fairlop Brass – March 2022

After our very disjointed 2021, this year is already seeing the Band getting back into full swing.

The year started with an excellent workshop lead by Mike Fowles. Mike is the Musical Director of the current Brass Band National Champions (The Legendary Foden’s Band) and our day with him is very important in the development of the Band.

After raising over £4,000 for charity last year the Band were back fund raising for St. Francis Church, the Church where we rehearse. Baking with Brass is now a firm fixture in the Band’s calendar and combines an afternoon of music together with homemade cakes supplied by the congregation of the Church. This year the fund raising was helped by a donation of a three-tiered 20lb chocolate cake from Henry Bird of Bake-off fame. All in all, over £550 was raised during the afternoon and saw the debut of the new set of music stands purchased with money left to the Band by our founder and President Dennis Carney.

The Ukraine situation is something that has shocked us all – the Band were keen to do something and responded to a call for warm clothing by donating clothes, baby nappies and new black band crested wool jumpers to be sent to those in need.

We returned, after a gap of three years, to the contesting stage competing in the National Brass Band Championships Regional Qualifying Heats (London & Southern Counties) against 16 other Bands in the Third Section. With the top three Bands being invited to compete in the National Finals the Band came so close with an agonising fourth place, made more difficult to accept as we felt we did not perform at our best. However, that is contesting, and we have taken great confidence that we came so close whilst not at our best – always next year!!!

The Band is now starting to work on our programmes for our two big summer engagements The Doddinghurst Pageant and Brass on the Grass see the events page for more details for more details. We are also in early conversation about an appearance at another Pageant (watch this space).

We look forward to seeing you at one of our performances and thank you for all the support we receive.

Kevin Jordan

Musical Director

Fairlop Brass