( 20 Feb 2018 - Andy Collins )
The band hopes to play their part in reviving further interest in brass band concerts at one of London's most famous bandstands when they perform at the recently refurbished Hyde Park Bandstand later this year.
Their invitation came from Sue Price, the Chair of the Friends of Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens, who have been trying to bring back the sound of brass bands on a regular basis to a venue that was once one of the most sought after in the country.
Originally built in 1869, it stood in Kensington Gardens before being moved to Hyde Park in 1886, where its octagonal roof was renowned for giving particularly good acoustics for an open air venue.
In the heyday of summer brass band tour engagements the likes of Foden's would perform twice a day to large crowds — even during the Second World War, although according to Harry Mortimer, he recalled being more worried about the sound of V1 doodlebug V1 rockets than any misplaced entries!
The bandstand also played host to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers in their 1935 film 'Top Hat', although during the last 25 years or so brass band concerts declined due to cuts in the parks entertainment and performance budgets.
They are hoping to bring back brass bands on a regular basis and it's a fantastic venue, just a stone's throw from the Royal Albert Hall
Trevor Attwood Memorial Concert
( 20 Feb 2018 - Andy Collins )
The band will hold a concert in memory of Trevor Attwood who was associated and played with the band for many years. The concert, that will also feature the Shepway Brass Academy was initially arranged for early March but the date changed to 24th March 2018. Unfortunately, for various reasons this date has also had to be changed and a new date is currently being sought that will be agreeable to both bands and Trevor\'s family. Watch this space for the new date!!
( 13 Nov 2017 - Mike )
I am sorry to have to tell everyone that a great friend of myself and the band , Trevor Attwood , sadly passed away this morning.
Our condolences go out to Alison and Catherine at this sad time.
( 19 Jan 2017 - Ritchie )
The band held their annual AGM this week: Discovered that they raised the most funds through Carolling this year than in the past three years; Welcomed their new MD; Re-Confirmed the incumbant band committee members in their current positions for another year.
( 22 Mar 2016 - Bandroom )
The band had a good day on Sunday when playing off draw number 8 they were placed 6th out of 18 bands that participated , with one withdrawel.
This now moves the band up the grading table.
The whole band should be congratulated on it's performance and special mention goes to our M.D. Keith Twyman for his patience and hard work.
We now look forward to a busy summer programme and future contest's.
New Musical Director.
( 28 Sep 2015 - Mike )
The band would like to welcome Mr. Keith Twyman as it's new Musical Director.
After taking the band at short notice throughout the summer engagements and including the SCABA Contest in September, Keith has accepted the role full time.
It brings together one of the most successful partnerships in the bands recent history.
We wish Keith well in his new role and hope for more success, after achieving our first silverware for sometime earlier this month , under his direction.
The band would also like to thank all other people who showed an interest in the vacancy.