2019 News

Kingdom Bandroom Kingdom Move Into New Rehearsal Room

Kingdom Brass have moved into their new rehearsal base, in Kelty.

Having secured a successful Community Asset Transfer (CAT) application, the band received the keys for the building earlier in the year. An extensive refurbishment of the building has taken place over the past eight months, and finally completed this month.

Band Secretary John Todd said of the work - "The library building had lain unused for a while, and we had the huge task of stripping out the internals of the building, basically taking it back to an empty shell before we could custom fit it to meet our needs. Everything needed replaced, from new toilets and kitchen, central heating, ceilings and flooring, plus partitioning the building to give us the storage and rehearsal spaces we needed. We also did additional work to give us recording facilities, plus audio/visual installations to help us do video work for concerts."

"Our thanks go to Creative Scotland, Awards for All and Fife Council who all assisted with grant funding to help us with part of the £80,000 refurbishment costs."

"One of the challenges with the building was the acoustics in the rehearsal room. We did a bit of research into this, and the acoustic treatment we needed to give us the best space to rehearse in was going to cost in excess of £8,000, a bit more than we had budgeted for. We received financial assistance from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust to enable us to do that acoustic work, so our thanks also go to them for their help with that."

"We would also like to thank our local politicians and councillors for their assistance through this process, especially Alex Rowley MSP, Cllrs. Alex Campbell and Darren Watt, and Zahida Ramzan and Kevin Sayer from Fife Council."

added 19th December 2019

Christmas Concert Kingdom Perform in Community Christmas Concert

Kingdom Brass were delighted to perform alongside other community groups in Cowdenbeath's Annual Christmas Concert.

Conducted by Paul Drury, the band performed some Christmas Classics, entertaining the large audience at Beath High School.

Merry Christmas from everyone at Kingdom Brass!

added 15th December 2019

Band of the Year Kingdom Awarded Band of the Year Title

Kingdom Brass has been named 2019 Scottish Section 1 'Band of the Year'.

Awarded to the band with the most consistent results throughout the year, Kingdom narrowly pipped Unison Kinneil to the 2019 title.

With sectional wins at the Northern Counties and Fife Charities contests, plus a strong result at the Spring Festival and top 3 finishes at the Scottish Championships and Scottish Challenge Shield, the points amassed was just enough to be awared the accolade for the second year running.

Kingdom will be awarded the commemorative banner at the SBBA AGM in January.

added 1st December 2019

Perth Concert Hall Kingdom 3rd at Scottish Challenge Shield

Kingdom Brass finished in 3rd place at the Scottish Challenge Shield Contest.

Led by conductor Paul Drury, the band performed Peter Graham's "The Essence of Time".

Despite a very strong performance, the band couldn't retain the title won in 2018 and had to settle for a podium place in a strong field of 23 bands from Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Germany.

added 30th November 2019

The Boiler Kingdom Retain Fife Crown

Kingdom Brass were once again crowned as 'Best Fife Band' at the recent FCBA Open Contest held in Kirkcaldy.

Kingdom just missed out on a podium place in the Open Contest with their performance of 'The Torchbearer'.

In a strong field of 19 bands, Kingdom also picked up the award for 'Best 1st Section Band'.

Dysart Colliery won the award for 'Best Fife 'B' Band'.

added 28th September 2019