2017 Concert Planner (at bottom of this page)
We trust that this will be of use to you to help you to plan your Fairlop Concerts for this year. All the information is correct at the moment but is subject to change, so to be sure and to find out details of how to obtain tickets and to make sure there are no alterations always check the website or contact any of the Band members
Many thanks to those who were in the bumper KMT audience for this concert. It was a busy day for some of the Band members as they fulfilled “Last Post” duties at various events before heading off to join the rest of the Band, who were on cracking form. The concert had some deeply touching moments, particularly the playing of the Last Post, but was very much enjoyed by all who attended. The World War II sing-a-long seemed to be a particular favourite on the night with many audience members sporting their own Union Jacks
December was a busy month for the Band. In addition to smaller groups playing at Church Services, presenting a Church Concert and even playing in a Pub, the main focus was the two full Band Concerts. It was great to see a much bigger audience at the Old Parks “Christmas Mayhem” concert, and we are sure that this was due to the return to the more popular seating arrangements whereby the audience sat around tables. Our thanks to the organisers at the Old Parks for all their hard work.
Centre piece of our Christmas Programme was the “Festive Crackers” Concert at Theydon Bois Village Hall. This excellent venue saw 100 people attend a very successful and enjoyable concert, and everyone will be pleased to know we have secured this venue for similar concerts in 2017 and 2018 – so get practising those Carols!
Charity Fund Raising
The Band is always keen to undertake as much Charity or Community work as possible. In December, a group from the Band played at the Christmas Carol services at both Holy Trinity Church Barkingside and our own St Francis Church.
Band members no longer send each other Christmas Cards but instead make a donation to Maggie's Charity in memory of former player Holly Miller. The Band were delighted that due to their efforts nearly £2,000 was raised for good causes such as Maggie's, St Francis Hospice at Havering-atte-Bower and St Nicholas Church, Kelvedon Hatch. Many thanks to all those who donated money or purchased raffle tickets.
2016 – Roll of Honour
SCABA Spring Contest – Main Own Choice Test Piece – 3rd Place
Bandsman of the Year – Cliff Murray
Spirit of Fairlop award – Andy Ellis
Most Improved player – Morgan Barber – Eb Bass
Fairlop Fool (Toilet Seat) Award – Steve Smith
Baking for Brass
This concert will be the first chance to hear the Band in 2017. It is a lovely concert held on Sunday 12th March at 3pm in St Francis Church. All the proceeds go to the Church, and as well as an afternoon of great music homemade cakes with tea and coffee are available during what usually tends to be an extended interval. What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon; great music, fantastic cakes and raising money for a good cause!