Bournemouth Concert Brass announcement

It is with regret that we announce the retirement of solo Euphonium player John Starkes ('Starsky').
Starsky has had health problems for several years and has decided to call it a day with the band to protect his health.
Not only has 'Starsky' been a fantastic
soloist for the band over many years, performing solos (many of them being premieres) at most of the band's concerts, but also playing exceptional performances on the contest stage.
The band wish to publicly recognise the commitment to BCB that Starsky has made over the years and we wish him a healthy period of recovery. You are always welcome in our band room.



Bournemouth Concert Brass -  Christmas - 2020 


Due to the current restrictions being placed on performances because of Coronavirus/COVID-19 Bournemouth Concert Brass along with most if not all other muscial ensembles have been fairly inactive for the last nine months.

The band had managed to rehearse ocasionally in small groups inbetween lockdowns 1 & 2, but when we were asked if we would like to play carols in Poole town centre, we jumped at the chance.

This was through Strawberry Fields RePresents on behalf of Poole BID.

The band were able to play in Falklands Square, at the end of Poole High Street, on the Quayside (outside the Lord Nelson Pub) and finally outside the Brewhouse& Kitchen pub. We hope this provided a bit of christmas cheer in these difficult times, and the band were pleased to be able to raise funds for the Poole Hospital charity.

Thanks to the organiser, Suzy Wheeler, for inviting us (we're already booked for next year!) and for her kind words as detailed below. 


Such a wonderful band of musicians. Talented, reliable, professional and a pleasure to work with.

Christmas 2020
Strawberry Fields RePresents proudly on behalf of Poole BID


Other comments received:

""Love this Poole BID! Did you see Bournemouth Concert Brass playing in Poole Quay over the weekend? All money raised went to Poole Hospital Charity!""

"I love the Bournemouth brass band merry christmas and happy new year. Stay safe""

""Bournemouth Concert Brass bringing the Christmas Spirit to Poole Quay in support of Poole Hospital Charity Thank you Strawberry Fields RePresents and Suzy Wheeler for facilitating #supportlocal #poole #poolequay #festive #community #charity""

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Bournemouth Concert Brass -  A Celebration of Christmas - 2019


Bournemouth Concert Brass return to the Mowelm Theatre Swanage to present a Christmas concert.

The band are featuring a number of new arrangements together with some old favourites, and of course many carols for audience participation.

Come and join the band in a Celebration of Christmas.

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2019 bcb engagements

BCB New Year Viennese concert: 

Sunday 13 Jan 2019 3pm

The Regent Centre Christchurch.

BCB bring Viennese music to town with their New Year Viennese style concert.

Come and bring in the New Year and enjoy the finest selectionof music from composers associated with this musical city, including Lehar, Mozart and of course the Strauss family.

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BCB summer news

BCB have had a busy few months.

The band's smaller ensembles (5-piece and 10-piece) performed at a number of venues such as the Zetland Residential Home, the Savoy hotel, East Cliff URC, the Cricketers pub, and the Bournemouth Retired Nurses home. the band has a large repertoire of smaller group music and were able to put out programmes to suit the events.
During September the full band performed their annual Last Night of the Proms concerts at the Regent Centre Christchurch and the Mowlem Theatre Swanage.
A number of new arrangements were performed, 'Wishing you were somehow here again' - Soprano cornet solo, 'Grand Old Dukes' - Cornet Trio (using the nursery rhyme - The grand old Duke of York), 'The Blue and Grey' - a selection of songs from the American civil war, a new arrangement of 'The Battle of Britain', plus the usual proms items to which both auduences waved their flags and sang their hearts out.
Also in September the band took part at the National Brass Band Championships held in Cheltenham. Playing a piece entitled 'King Arthur' by Benjamin Britten, the band came 11th out of 17. Not the result we were looking for but we move onwards and upwards
The band's 10-piece ensemble are giving a further proms concert at the East Cliff URC on Saturday 13 October at 2.30 pm, and then will get down to rehearsals, under the direction of Howard Evans, for the Wessex brass band contest on 24 Nov at the Life Centre Winton.

BCB crowned West of England Champions (1st Section)

BCB took part in the West of England Brass Band Championships held at the Riviera Centre, Torquay and were extremely delighted to be placed 1st out of 16 bands in the First Section. The band were directed by Howard Evans and the selected piece was Brass Metamorphosis by James Curnow.

The reports from the adjudicators was that it was an assured performance, well directed and a good step apart from the remaining contenders
This means that the band will be promoted back to the Championship Section as from 1 January 2019.

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