London City Brass is a progressive, enthusiastic band who rehearse in the City of London on Wednesday evenings. We're based at St. Margaret Pattens church, Rood Lane, London EC3M 1HS
City is made up of players from various backgrounds and a wide age range. We do like to push ourselves musically, but our main aim is to provide quality entertainment whilst having fun. We’ve got a growing diary of engagements for 2020, and will be working on new music to perform at these over the next few months.
We’re not strictly a contesting band, but we are all registered as contesting players and have competed for the last two years in the French Open contest gaining 3rd (2018) and 2nd place (2019) in our section. Sadly the 2020 contest didn't happen, but we'll be going in 2021.
Currently all of our sections are full, apart from needing an Eb Bass and tuned percussion. We have limited rehearsal space, so can't accommodate any more brass players. Keep an eye on our website and social media for any future vacancies.
The bandstand in The Regent's Park is located on Holme Green, between the boating lake and Inner Circle. It was moved from Richmond Park to The Regent's Park in the 1970s.
The Regent’s Park combines large open spaces with tree-lined pathways, formal gardens, and four children’s playgrounds. It has excellent sports facilities, and contains central London’s largest outdoor sports area.
Walk through the elegant flowerbeds in the Avenue Gardens, see more than 12,000 roses in Queen Mary’s Gardens, or hire a rowing boat and join the ducks on the boating lake. Visit the Open Air Theatre and London Zoo, then take a stroll up Primrose Hill for excellent views of the London skyline.
The park also provides a warm welcome for wildlife. It has a large wetland area and is home to around 100 species of wild bird and a breeding population of hedgehogs.
In 1982, the bandstand was the target of a terrorist attack. The IRA bombed the bandstand on 20th July 1982, killing seven soldiers and injuring 24 others during a concert by the band of the Royal Green Jackets. The bandstand is sometimes called the "Memorial Bandstand" in memory of the dead soldiers. There is a plaque that commemorates the seven bandsmen who were killed.
Two years after the bombing, the composer George Lloyd wrote Royal Parks For Brass Band, the second movement of which, In Memoriam is dedicated to the bandsmen who died. The piece still features in many band repertoires.
Whilst every effort goes into ensuring this gig listing is accurate and up to date, always check with the venue before you travel.