2017 News

St Marys Cathedral Kingdom Concert at St Marys Cathedral

Kingdom Brass performed alongside the renowned organist Simon Nieminski at St. Mary's Cathedral.

A large audience in the impressive setting welcomed Kingdom's return to the city, in what was Simon's final concert before he emigrates to Australia in the new year.

The band performed a short recital with a festive theme, opening with Ben Holling's impressive 'Festive Intrada' before performing Sibelius' 'Finlandia' alongside the cathedral organ.

The band's soloist, Alex Philip, wowed the audience with a stunning rendition of 'Silent Night', before the band impressed with Ray Farr's arrangement of 'Troika'. The traditional 'Carol of the Bells' followed, before Simon joined the band once more in Jan van der Roost's 'Canterbury Chorale'.

The band rounded off the evening with the festive march 'Angel Trumpets' and the conductor's arrangement of 'O Holy Night', plus a stunning encore of Bizet's 'Farandole', all greatly appreciated by the cathedral audience.

added 12th December 2017

Perth Concert Hall Kingdom Take 4th Place at Scottish Open

Kingdom equalled their highest ever placing at the Scottish Open, with a 4th place finish.

Conducted by Paul Drury, the band performed their testpiece 'The Essence of Time' early in the day, having drawn to play number 2 from the 17 bands.

This year's event saw bands having to pick from a shortlist of four Peter Graham testpieces, and Kingdom decided on a testpiece which has brought so much success in the past.

The three podium places went to Whitburn, Co-operative Funeralcare and America visitor, Fountain City.

Adjudicator Alan Morrison commented 'much to commend here with assured soloists and a fundamental understanding of the music', while Steven Mead said 'I like the way this band sounds, sonically always a smile - a very good performance, consistent, accurate and well prepared.'

added 25th November 2017

Younger Hall Kingdom Perform at "Fringe of Gold"

Kingdom performed at the St. Andrews 'Fringe of Gold' (previously the St. Andrews Festival of Brass) alongside the Tullis Russell Mills Band, featuring some major works for brass.

Conducted by Paul Drury and Bede Williams, Kingdom performed two pieces which had been part of award winning performances this year. The band opened with the march 'ORB' (which won the march contest at the recent FCBA contest) then featured their soloist, Alex Philip, with the trombone solo 'Stardust' (which was part of the band's winning performance at the Northern Counties Contest).

Kingdom then performed two major works, Peter Graham's 'The Essence of Time' (the band's choice of testpiece for the Scottish Open) and a new work by Jay Capperauld, 'As Above, So Below' which featured Kingdom alongside the members of the Wallace Collection.

Kingdom also performed two works with the Tullis Russell band, the overture to Vaughan William's 'Henry V' and Bruce Fraser's arrangement of Cedric Thorpe Davie's 'Fugue and Variations on The Wee Cooper O' Fife'.

added 11th November 2017

The Boiler Kingdom Runner Up at FCBA Contest

Bon Accord retained their Fife Charities Contest title at the weekend, and with it an invitation to the 2018 Spring Festival, but were pushed all the way by an on form Kingdom Brass.

Seventeen bands, from Championship to Fourth Section, all competed at the 72nd Fife Charities Open Contest in the Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy, at the weekend.

Under the leadership of conductor David Roberts, Bon Accord Silver produced a stunning performance of Philip Sparke's "A Tale As Yet Untold" to win the Open title for the second year in a row. Finishing in the runner up spot was Kingdom Brass, led by Paul Drury, who as last band on delivered a performance of Edward Gregson's "Of Men And Mountains" which was full of confidence and emotion and almost stole the show from their northern rivals. Adjudicator Alan Duguid said following the contest that those two Championship Section bands were well clear of the rest of the field, and just the smallest of margins separated both bands at the end of the day.

Third place went to Unison Kinneil (Chris Shanks) who played "Dances and Alleluias" with Bathgate (Anne Crookston) coming in fourth with a performance of "Tournament for Brass". Bathgate also won the prize for the best 1st section band.

Adjudicating the individual prizes, Robert Fraser said the standard of playing had been extremely high throughout the whole day, and his job of picking the best instrumentalists was extremely difficult. He awarded the 'best cornet' award to Eoin Tonner of Kingdom Brass, and Kingdom also picked up the prize for the 'best bass section'. Jane Clark, flugel horn with Johnstone Band, picked up the 'best horn' award for her contribution in their performance of "Dances & Arias". Bon Accord's Richard Kidd picked up the prize for 'best euphonium' with Mark Boyd winning 'best trombone'. Bon Accord also won the prize for 'best percussion section'.

Kingdom Brass also won the awards for 'Best March', for their performance of "O.R.B" and 'Best Hymn' for "The Day Thou Gavest".

The other sectional awards went to Campbeltown (Paul Kiernan) winning section 2 with their performance of "Resurgam", Irvine & Dreghorn (Helen Douthwaite-Teasdale) winning section 3 with their performance of "Hinemoa" and Kilmarnock (Scott Walker) winning section 4 with "A Malvern Suite".

The Fife Charities Association awards also went to Kingdom Brass (Best 'A' Band) and Dunfermline Town (Best 'B' Band).

added 30th September 2017

The Boiler Kingdom Announce New Conducting Team

Kingdom Brass has announced that they have formed a long term musical link with conductor Ian Porthouse.

The Tredegar MD will start work with the band in preparation for taking the band to the Scottish Championships in March 2018.

Ian said: "After spending a weekend with the band I'm delighted to form a long term musical relationship, starting with the Scottish Championship next year. Kingdom shows the motivation to progress and understands the hard work needed to regain its position back in the Championship Section. They certainly showed that on my visit and with Paul Drury doing so much excellent work and a hard working team of organisational support, the musical outlook looks very good."

In response a Kingdom Brass spokesperson added: "We are equally delighted that we have been able to persuade Ian to work on a long term basis with us. We've worked successfully with top conductors in the past for one off events, but this partnership with Ian is one we feel will really benefit over the long term."

They added: "With our excellent resident conductor, Paul Drury, we feel we have the best conductors in place to bring future success. We're ambitious as a band and aim for a quick return to the Championship Section. We are sure this team will help us achieve that goal."

added 29th September 2017

Northern Counties Kingdom Win Northern Counties

Kingdom Brass confirmed their position as one of Scotland's most entertaining bands by winning the Northern Counties Brass Band Contest at the weekend.

Conducted by Paul Drury, adjudicator Andy Duncan placed Kingdom ahead of Championship Section rivals Bon Accord Silver, with the band's near neighbours Lochgelly in third place.

Band Secretary John Todd said "For the past 15 years we've attended the West Lothian Festival contest in June, but with that contest no longer running we decided to attend the Northern Counties for the first time. It's been a busy few weeks for the band, having to put together such a demanding programme only a few weeks after the Spring Festival in Blackpool, plus we've a major concert in Edinburgh next week, but the band has enjoyed the challenge and really worked hard to get this win. Many of the band played with Cowdenbeath Band before Kingdom was formed, so were part of the band that won this event half a dozen times in the 1990's. It's great to get our hands on the trophy again."

Kingdom opened their programme with a vibrant "Overture to Taras Bulba" and before the audience had a chance to catch their breath, ran straight into some Shostakovitch with "Folk Festival". Solo trombone Alex Philip then delivered a stunning rendition of the Hoagy Carmichael classic "Stardust". Kingdom then entered a series of three dance themed numbers to round off their programme. Paul Drury's arrangement of "Kingdom Dance" from the movie 'Tangled' was followed by the fox-trot styled Salvationist piece "All to Jesus" by Eiliv Herikstad. The band completed their winning programme with Matt Hall's "Nightingale Dances".

In addition to winning the Open contest, the band also received the prize for 'Most Entertaining Band', and 'Best Non-Northern Counties Band'. Martin Edwards won the prize for 'Best Soprano' and the percussion team of Michael McLaughlin, Emma Smith, Russell Wilson and Graeme Wilson won the prize for 'Best Percussion'. Paul Drury also won the trophy for 'Best Conductor'.

The band now finish what has been a gruelling few months with a concert on Friday June 9th in the Freemason's Hall in Edinburgh, based around their winning programme from the weekend plus some major pieces for band and organ.

added 4th June 2017