2014 News

St. Marys Cathedral Kingdom Concert in St. Mary's Cathedral

Kingdom Brass rounded off the year with a concert in the stunning setting of St. Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh.

Conducted by Bede Williams, with guest conductor Terry Johns, the band performed pieces including the Nutcracker Suite, The Lost Chord, Severn Suite and the finale, Pines of Rome (with organist Simon Nieminski).

The concert ends a series of seven high class performances by Kingdom Brass in the Fife and Lothian area over a period of five weeks, a very busy time for the band.

added 17th December 2014

Younger Hall Kingdom Perform at St. Andrews Festival of Brass

Kingdom Brass performed at the St. Andrews Festival of Brass, alongside the Carnoustie & District Youth Band.

Conducted by Bede Williams, the band performed a varied programme, including Elgar's rarely heard 'Severn Suite' for brass band.

Joining the band as soloist was Carnoustie's Sarah Knight, who delivered the Scottish Premier of Paul Mealor's 'Baritone Concerto'.

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

added 15th November 2014

The Boiler Kingdom Success at FCBA Open Contest

Kingdom Brass won the title of 'Best FCBA Band' and finished in runner up spot at the FCBA Open Contest.

The performance of the band's own choice testpiece, Martin Ellerby's 'Elgar Variations', saw Kingdom also win two individual awards, with Chris Mansfield taking the prize for 'Best Trombone' and Colin McCabe winning 'Best Horn'.

Conducted by David McLeod, the runners up spot in a strong field of 17 bands maintained the band's impressive series of results at the contest.

added 27th September 2014

The Howden Centre Kingdom Result - West Lothian FoB

Kingdom Brass competed at the West Lothian Festival of Brass, finishing in third place behind Scottish Co-op and Whitburn.

Conducted by Eoin Tonner, the band opened with an arrangement of 'Happy', featuring the trombone section joined by multiple soloists. As the opener faded, the reflective 'The Witch of the Westmerelands' began without introduction, featuring soloists Colin McCabe on baritone and Lee Bathgate on cornet. The band continued in a Spanish style with the cornet feature 'Concerto Catalonia' by young composer Jonny Bates.

Kingdom then featured solo trombone Chris Mansfield in Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'As If We Never Said Goodbye', which the adjudicators judged to be the winning soloist at the competition, repeating Chris's success from 2013.

The band then rounded off their programme with an arrangement of 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice', complete with big screen video and lighting effects, and a rousing finale of Howard Snell's arrangement of 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.

added 8th June 2014

Old Kirk Kingdom Concert Sell Out Success

Kingdom Brass appeared in concert alongside the Langtoun Singers in Kirkcaldys Old Kirk.

Conducted by Bede Williams, the band performed a varied programme to the sell out audience, including many of the pieces the band would be performing at the West Lothian Festival of Brass

Both groups joined forces to perform pieces for band and choir, and there were also performances from singer Peter Saunders, and cellist Chloe Randall, who were both winners at the Fife Festival of Music.

The concert was in aid of Maggies's Fife, and a presentation to them was made on the night.

added 24th May 2014

Winter Gardens Kingdom Runner Up At Senior Cup

Kingdom Brass produced a high class performance to finish in the runner up spot against top class opposition at the Spring Festival Senior Cup last weekend.

The Spring Festival has been held annually since 1921 and consists of three qualifying contests for the British Open Brass Band Championships, with 60 bands converging on Blackpool's Winter Gardens for the event.

Each band performed the set testpiece, George Lloyd's "English Heritage", with adjudicators Ian Brownbill and John Doyle praising the band and condutor in their final remarks.

Conducted by Eoin Tonner, who was making his debut in front of the band, Kingdom secured second place, winning the Jack Fearnley Cup and a commemorative trophy. Further success came with Eoin's brother, Principal Cornet Callum Tonner, winning the prize for Best Soloist.

Kingdom will now compete in next year's Grand Shield in Blackpool next May.

added 27th April 2014

Eoin Tonner Kingdom Appoint New Conductor

Kingdom Brass have appointed Eoin Tonner as the band's new Resident Conductor.

Eoin is of course no stranger to the band, having been a previous Principal Cornet with Kingdom (most notably leading the band at the European Championships in 2011). After a spell conducting various bands including Lochgelly and Kirkintilloch, Eoin will make his conducting debut with the band at the Senior Cup next month.

Secretary John Todd said of the appointment "Eoin's been successful with every band he's been associated with, and is a musician of the highest calibre. He brings fresh ideas and a youthful outlook to the team and will be a huge asset. He's obviously busy as a teacher and performer, so we'll be looking to add another conductor to our team in the future to support Eoin. We'll also still be working with our Associate Conductor, Bede Williams, who will lead the band at certain high profile concerts and festivals."

added 10th March 2014