2013 News

Younger Hall Kingdom Perform at St. Andrews Festival of Brass

Kingdom Brass delivered a rare performance of Mussorgsky's 'Pictures at an Exhibition' as part of the 2013 Festival of Brass.

The arrangement of 'Pictures' by Elgar Howarth is regarded as one his finest, and tests the band to its extremes.

Conducted by Bede Williams, the band produced a powerful performance for the large audience in St. Andrews Younger Hall.

Following the recital, Kingdom delivered a conducting masterclass as part of the festival, with Bede leading new conductors through Mussorgsky's music.

added 28th September 2013

The Boiler Kingdom Regain FCBA Open Title

Kingdom Brass has regained the FCBA Open title, winning the 2013 competition in style.

A great performance of the band's testpiece, George Lloyd's "English Heritage" saw Kingdom win the FCBA Open Contest, with adjudicator David Thornton having no hesitation in placing the band in first place.

The event this year saw the strongest field in a long time enter the contest, with the majority of bands coming from the Championship and First sections. Kingdom came out on top, claiming the Open title as well as the trophy for 'Best Fife A Band' and 'Best March'.

The band also impressed the adjudicator responsible for individual awards, Stuart Black. The band's bass and percussion teams won the sectional awards, with Chris Mansfield picking up the trophy for 'Best Trombone'.

added 28th September 2013

Carnegie Hall Kingdom Double at Carnegie

For the second year in a row both Kingom bands have won their section titles at the Carnegie Contest.

Kingdom Brass 'A' won the Championship Section title, with soprano cornet player Martin Edwards being awarded the award for 'Best Instrumentalist'. The band also won the award for 'Best Basses'.

Kingdom Brass 'B' returned to winning ways by lifting the Third Section title in a strong field of seven bands.

added 21st April 2013

Perth Concert Hall Scottish Success For Kingdom

Kingdom Brass 'A' and Kingdom Brass 'B' both produced strong results at the recent Scottish Championships in Perth.

Kingdom Brass 'B' finished in runner up spot in their first competition after winning promotion to Section 3 last year, which means they will now be promoted for a second successive year into Section 2 for 2014.

Conducted by Ken Blackwood, Kingdom 'B' put in a very strong performance of the testpiece, Goff Richard's 'Hollywood', which was tipped by many to continue their winning streak and lift the Scottish Title. Following a very close competition, the band had to be content with the runners up place.

On the Sunday it was the turn of Kingdom 'A' to compete, and the draw for order of play placed Scotland's 'big 4' as the first four bands of the day.

Conducted by Belgian Luc Vertommen, the band delivered a strong performance of the testpiece, Philip Sparke's 'Harmony Music', and maintained their impressive run of the results with fourth place.

The band's principal cornet player, Harmen Vanhoorne, won the Terris Medal for best cornet, with both adjudicators praising his playing in their remarks.

added 11th March 2013