We hope you enjoy this collection of highlights from BRASS FUSION IN 2016.
Music-making week, Burgess Hill Girls
Monday 22 February 2016
BRASS FUSION brought the world of brass music to life for pupils at Burgess Hill Girls school.
The group opened the school’s Music-making week with a concert featuring pieces from classical to pop.
Sian Buss, the group’s bass player and the peripatetic brass teacher at the school, introduced the range of instruments in BRASS FUSION from the tiny piccolo cornet to the E flat bass.
Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, The Swan, Falmer
Thursday 21st April 2016
BRASS FUSION was delighted to return to the The Swan pub in Falmer to help villagers celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.
The group’s programme of entertaining English music included a specially-arranged piece by resident-composer David Hughes which combined Happy Birthday and the National Anthem.
The event also saw the debut for bass guitarist Ben and the first public use of BRASS FUSION’s new concert stands, donated by the James Shepherd Versatile Brass.
Saturday 15 May 2016
BRASS FUSION had a double first in May with the group’s first performance at Arundel Castle and the debut of new drummer, Mark.
The group played in the dramatic shadow of the Bakehouse Tower to a steady stream of visitors.
The programme included highlights from this year’s repertoire, including the opening numbers Concert Tune and Toccata along with the themes from Game of Thrones, Phantom of the Opera and the James Bond movies.
Sunday 5 June 2016
The best day of the summer so far coincided with BRASS FUSION’s return to Eastbourne bandstand.
The group’s afternoon concert attracted an enthusiastic audience, including new friends and many long-standing supporters. Among them were James Shepherd and David Pogson, of the legendary James Sheperd Versatile Brass, the group which inspired BRASS FUSION.
The afternoon performance opened with Concert Tune, by Jan Ceulemans, and included new pieces to the group, such as Life on Mars, Phantom of the Opera (arranged by leader Martin Buss) and Game of Thrones, as well as favourites from the repertoire such as All That Jazz and Embraceable You.
Special thanks to our compere, Brian Grindall.
Proms in the Park, Red Oakes, Henfield
Sunday 26 June 2016
Rain failed to put a damper on BRASS FUSION’S annual prom concert in Henfield.
Despite clouds and the occasional shower, villagers and supporters from further afield turned out for what has become a highlight of the group’s summer.
This year’s programme opened with the A-team fanfare segueing into Concert Tune.
There were brass solos from Martin Buss (Lazy Trumpeter) and Paul Labus (pictured playing Benedictus).
The group also accompanied soprano Sidonie Winter in Misty and I Dreamed a Dream.
Sidonie returned at the end of the evening for Prom favourites Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory.
Special thanks to Dennis Martin for compering the evening
School fete, Henfield
Saturday 9 July 2016
BRASS FUSION was delighted to be asked to help St Peter’s School in Henfield raise money at its annual summer fete, this year with a Rio Olympic theme. We’re looking forward to returning next year.
Donkey Derby and Family Fun day, National Trust, Polesden Lacey
Sunday 4 September 2016
BRASS FUSION’S fun-packed programme for this favourite end-of-summer event got children dancing and the grown-ups tapping their feet.
The group’s two sets, each of an hour, featured music from film and TV, including the Rocky theme Gonna Fly Now, Adele’sSkyfall, And All That Jazz from Chicago, the themes from Game of Thrones and Hawaii Five-O, and Eye Level, the music composed for the 1970’s detective series, Van der Valk.
The programme also included many popular pieces from this year’s repertoire, such as Donna Summer’s Hot Stuff, David Bowie’s Life on Mars, Penny Lane by Lennnon and McCartney, George Gershwin’s Embraceable You and the brass band favourite The Floral Dance.
Christmas Starts Here, Henfield Hall, Henfield
Thursday 1 December 2016
BRASS FUSION again marked the start of Christmas in the West Sussex village of Henfield and helped residents raise money for St Barnabas House hospice. Five players from the group accompanied the carols at this ever-popular annual event. Martin Buss played the cornet solo, Kim, and the group played a festive number in between readings and performances by local singers.
BRASS FUSION In Concert, Henfield Hall, Henfield
Sunday 11 December 2016
A striking opening has become a tradition at BRASS FUSION Christmas concerts.
This year there were gasps from the audience when the curtains opened to reveal the group dressed in miners’ helmets and lamps playing Death Or Glory. The march became famous when it featured in the film Brassed Off, about the closure of a fictional colliery.
The concert featured another piece from the film, Concierto de Aranjuez, by Rodriguez, played for BRASS FUSION by Andy Hodges (pictured left). There were two new pieces by the group’s resident composer, David Hughes. His clever arrangements put together well-known themes from the work of Mozart and Beethoven in Sorry Mr Mozart and Beethoven’s Teenage Son.
The audience were also treated to duets by Alf and Kevin Hughes (Pie Jesu) and Martin and Amy Buss (Eye Level) – and solos from Paul Labus (Endearing young charms) and Steve Smyth (Rag and Bones).
Special thanks to James, who stepped in at the last minute on bass trombone, and to Brian Grindall for compering the show.
Carols by Candlelight, St Andrew’s Burgess Hill
Sunday 18 December 2016
BRASS FUSION completed its Christmas performances by accompanying the carols at the beautiful candlelit service at St Andrew’s Church. The group also played a selection of Christmas music as the congregation arrived. Special thanks to Julie Smyth for helping us out on cornet.