2015 News

The Boiler Kingdom Success at FCBA Open Contest

Kingdom Brass, conducted by Raymond Tennant, completed the rare task of winning all three competitions at this year's Fife Charities Band Association Open Contest.

The strong performance of the band's own choice testpiece, Philip Sparke's 'Harmony Music', march 'Ravenswood' and hymn tune (which for the first time saw bands draw a hymn from the 'red book' as they went on stage) wowed adjudicator Owen Farr, who placed Kingdom in first place from a field of 18 bands.

Kingdom's principal cornet Calum Tonner also win the individual award for best cornet for his part in the fiendishly difficult testpiece.

added 26th September 2015

Perth Concert Hall Kingdom Continue Scottish Success

Kingdom Brass returned to form at the recent Scottish Championships in Perth Concert Hall, with a stunning performance that came so close to a podium place.

Conducted by Eoin Tonner, the band drew last to play in the field of 10 bands, and brought the Scottish Championships to a close with their performance of the set testpiece, Peter Graham's 'The Torchbearer'.

With the Championship section producing a very high standard of performance, many in the hall thought Kingdom had done enough to finish within the top three, but the band had to settle for a very creditable fourth place.

Earlier in the weekend Kingdom 'B' had performed in the section 2 contest, finishing in 8th place from the field of 12 bands.

added 16th March 2015

Angus Pearse Death of Kingdom Stalwart

It is with much sadness that we have to inform the banding world that Angus Pearse passed away this morning.

A member of Cowdenbeath and then Kingdom Brass for many years, Angus was well known throughout the banding world, and will be sorely missed.

Angus rarely missed a rehearsal, and his enthusiasm for the band and his quality of playing was a huge asset for Kingdom. Inbetween his spells with Cowdenbeath band, he had a long career with the Black Watch band. As well as playing, Gus was also involved in teaching and conducting, and conducted the Kingdom quartet which became Scottish ensemble Champions in 2001.

His funeral will be held in Kirkcaldy crematorium at 11.45am on Wednesday 4th February, and afterwards at the Victoria Hotel, Kirkcaldy.

added 22nd January 2015