Location: Surrey | England
Friary Guildford Brass Band
The Friary Guildford Band is a traditional brass band of 28 amateur musicians, based in Surrey, but travels across the country to entertain audiences at a range of concerts, events and contests. Originally formed in 1983, the Band takes its name from the Friary Meux brewery who provided sponsorship for the first ten years of its existance. A wide variety of music is played, including original brass band compositions, arrangements of classical works, jazz standards, hymn tunes contemporary popular music as well as demanding technical works.
Conducted by musical director Chris King, Friary Guildford Band has enjoyed an excellent run of success in brass band competitions. In 2010, they became the first ever band from their region of London and the Southern Counties to win the First Section National Finals title. Since then, they have competed in the top tier 'Championship' section where they've gone on to win another national title, becoming the British Open Senior Trophy champions in 2014 and also winning 'Most Entertaining Band' at the Butlins Mineworkers Association contest in 2015.
Regular performances are given throughout the year to raise money for other charities, such as the Surrey Air Ambulance, WaterAid, and the British Heart Foundation. The Band also leads Guildford's annual Remembrance Sunday parade through the town.
Over the past years, the Band has played at a number of prestigious events, including the British Grand Prix, on board the QE2, and at the inaugural QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot racecourse, attended by Her Majesty The Queen. The sporting theme has continued with performances at Wembley for the Gillette Four Nations Rugby League tournamant, at Twickenham for the RBS Six Nations tournament and at the Madjeski Stadium, Reading for London Irish.