Joint Concert with Fjell Brass (Norway) – Hanslope, June 2017
Fjell Brass is a brass band from Bergen, Norway, and this June were in the UK to participate in the famous “Whit Friday Marches” in Saddleworth and Tameside, Manchester. The band achieved three prizes in these contests – a great result for the players. To round off their short tour Fjell Brass performed an upbeat concert in the splendid parish church at Hanslope in aid of the church bells restoration fund. MK Brass joined the Norwegian musicians for part of the concert, which was under the able direction of Paul Fensom, who happens to be Fjell Brass’ visiting conductor, as well as former M.D. of MK Brass. Band member Jayne Scott, and husband Dave Scott, hosted a party after the concert, where few beers were consumed afterwards by the members of both bands to cement a new-found international friendship.
Bands by the River – St. Neots, June 2017
St Neots is one of the few local authorities to still support the traditional British custom of band concerts in public parks; and the Riverside venue is a particularly nice one. MK Brass provided a mixed programme of popular music which clearly was well received by a large crowd enjoying the early summer sun.
Midlands Brass and Beer on the Grass Contest – Claybrooke Magna, May 2017
As brass band contests go this was a very different event! Held in a tent in a field in rural Leicestershire with a local barn serving as a bar, the contest was plagued by intermittent rain – making the transport and set up of the required mountain of percussion equipment a particular joy. However – on the positive side – M.D. Jonathan Mott crafted an excellent, entertaining programme which won the band a very welcome (and, of course, deserved!) 2nd place. Particular credit must go to the band’s Soprano Cornet player, Martin Groves, for a sparkling rendition of the James Bond number, “Live and let Die”. This contest had a very welcoming atmosphere and provides varied and entertaining music programmes through the day – on a sunny day it’s a great day out.
Loughton Manor First School May Fayre – Milton Keynes
It’s always a pleasure to play at the Loughton Manor May Fayre – the school is very welcoming and children and parents enjoy live music at the popular outdoor event. It was also the band’s first outing with Jonathan Mott at the helm.
Podium Finish at Stevenage – March 2017
MK Brass enjoyed a successful day contesting at the recent Area Contest at Stevenage. Playing off a dreaded early draw, and competing against a large field of 16 bands, the band won a creditable third place finish. This result puts the band in a good position in the promotion stakes to the First Section if another good result can be obtained next year.
Much of the credit for the good placing must go to former band MD, Paul Fensom, who stepped in to prepare the band at very short notice.
Our Next MK Brass Concerts…
MK50 Celebrations in the Park – Sat 24 Jun 2017, 3:30pm
Gardens behind Christ the Cornerstone, Central Milton Keynes