Surrey Brass Inaugural Concert and Golden Jubilee Fanfare Contest

7.30 pm Saturday 25th May 2002.

Holy Trinity Church, 
Church Road, 
Surrey KT10 0JP

Musical Director 

Trumpet Soloist Hugh Davies

About the Concert

A programme to celebrate Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee, featuring brand new jubilee fanfares by Surrey composers.


John Hughes Golden Jubilee Fanfare No.1
John Hughes Golden Jubilee Fanfare No.3
Giovanni Gabrieli Sacrae Synfoniae a 12
Handel Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Bob Meldrum Golden Jubilee Fanfare
David Mitcham Golden Jubilee Fanfare
Simon Nobbs Golden Jubilee Fanfare
Chris Hazell The “Cats” Suite
Richard Norris Golden Jubilee Fanfare
Cedric Reavley Golden Jubilee Fanfare
Stephen Sondheim "Send in the Clowns" 
eaturing Guest Trumpet Soloist Hugh Davies 
Zequinha Abreu, 
arranged by John Iveson
“Tico Tico” 
featuring Guest Trumpet Soloist Hugh Davies

INTERVAL of approximately 30 minutes. Bar refreshments and snacks.

Dominic Sewell

Golden Jubilee Fanfare

Anthony Wakefield

Golden Jubilee Fanfare 

Jim Parker

"A Londoner in New York"

Scott Joplin

"Easy Winners"


 Fanfare Contest Winners

Ray Premru 

"Divertimento" including "Blues March"
as recorded by Surrey Brass in Feb 2002

This programme will be recorded by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., a Tonmeister Student from Surrey University, with the aim of producing an inexpensive CD.

Press Release

For immediate release 27th May 2002 Golden Jubilee Fanfare Contest Result

Brass is the winner, as fanfare fever comes to town…

Surrey Brass, a new brass and percussion ensemble unveiled themselves to the public at their Golden Jubilee Fanfare Concert on Saturday 25th May 2002 at Holy Trinity Church, Claygate. This was by no means an average gig, as it was the setting of both the Surrey Brass inaugural concert and of their innovative "Golden Jubilee Fanfare Contest".

Nine fanfares were entered, and performed admirably by Surrey Brass, before the large audience. A panel of distinguished judges (Roger Argente-Bass Trombone, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Dr Tim Ewers, Music Lecturer, Kingston University; Cllr Nigel Cooper form the Borough of Elmbridge) made their decision. John Hughes, from New Malden, wrote the winning fanfare, simply entitled "Golden Jubilee Fanfare". The youngest composer award went to17 year old Simon Nobbs, an 'A' level student at Royal Alexandra and Albert School, Reigate, for his composition "Timeless Fanfare".

Hughes is a prolific composer of many years experience, and has also written a Concert Overture for the Golden Jubilee entitled "The Sceptred Isle" which will be given its premiere by the Woking Symphony Orchestra on Saturday 15th June 2002 at the HG Wells Suite in Woking. The concert was recorded by Richard Sutcliffe, from Surrey University, and Surrey Brass is hopeful that his fanfare recordings will be played on BBC local radio and Classic FM over the Jubilee period. Surrey Brass was supported by a grant from RC Sherriff Rosebriars Trust.

Fanfares were not the only order of the day. An innovative and entertaining selection of both original and transcribed music for brass and percussion interspersed the fanfare entries. The first half included Gabrieli's "Canzoni Noni Toni", Handel's "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" and the superb "Cats Suite" by Chris Hazell, culminating in superb renditions of Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns" and Abreu's "Tico, Tico" by the evenings' trumpet soloist, Hugh Davies.

Yet more original brass music followed in the second half, following the final 2 fanfares. "A Londoner in New York" suite by Jim Parker, who is famous for his TV music including "Ground Force", and the appropriately titled "Easy Winners", a rag by Scott Joplin, led to the announcement of the winners. The evening concluded with a performance of Premru's "Divertimento", with the last movement, "Blues March", providing a rousing finale that made the audience cheer for more.

On the strength of this performance, Surrey Brass has a bright future. The feedback received from those who witnessed this first outing was very positive, as many expressed interest for future dates, and commented on the organisation of what was an extremely enjoyable occasion. More bookings are already in the pipeline including the RHS Wisley Festival on 14th and 15th June.

The winning fanfare was featured on the Jubilee morning of 3rd June 2002 on BBC Southern Counties Radio on the Breakfast Show. Composer John Hughes and John Goodwin from Surrey Brass were in the studio to discuss the event.

For those who missed the performance, and want to hear the Fanfares and more, there are opportunities to hear Surrey Brass during a packed programme over the Jubilee Bank Holiday on Monday 3rd June, as they play no less than three back to back concerts in Hersham (to mark the opening of the Hersham Cricket Club Golden Jubilee Match at 1:30pm), the Bandstand at The Peacocks Centre, Woking at 3pm, followed by an evening show at the Jubilee Beacon lighting ceremony at Reigate Priory at 9pm.

Surrey Brass has a more detailed biography for John HughesSimon Nobbs, and the other fanfare composers on their website You can also listen to the fanfares, get more information about future concerts, as well as details about the ensemble and its players on the website, which was recently showcased at a "Making Music" seminar.