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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Friary Guildford Brass Band

The Electric Theatre plays host to the current regional champions on 24 October

Founded in 1983 with initial support from the Friary Meux brewery, Friary Guildford Brass Band comprises 28 amateur musicians under the musical direction of Chris King, formerly Bandmaster of the Band of the Grenadier Guards.

Five years ago, Friary Guildford became First Section National Champions, the first band from London & Southern Counties ever to have won this prestigious title, earning promotion to the top Championship Section. The Band is the current regional champion, and has qualified for the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain at the Royal Albert Hall for the past three years, one of only twelve bands to have done so. Friary is currently ranked 35th in the world.

Their musical repertoire is broad: traditional and contemporary brass music is played alongside arrangements of popular classics, swing and jazz standards as well as pop and rock and moving hymn tunes. Friary has played with internationally acclaimed soloists such as David Childs and Mark Nightingale, and in May this year the Band was featured on BBC Radio 2's Listen to theBand programme.

Away from the contesting and concert stage, the Band has played at a wide range of events, many of them sporting, such as the British Grand Prix, RBS Six Nations and Gillette Four Nations Rugby internationals at Twickenham and Wembley Stadium, QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot and Sandown Park races. More tranquil settings include gardens at Westminster Abbey and RHS Wisley. Friary players teamed up with Guildford's Pranksters Theatre Company in 2014 for their stage production of Brassed Off at Guildford's Electric Theatre.

Earlier this year Friary Guildford Band was honoured to receive the Mayor of Guildford's Service to the Community Award.

Tickets £10 Concessions and Friends of the Electric Theatre £8
Online booking subject to a 5% booking fee per ticket (capped at £5 per transaction)