BCB - Visit Muhlau (Switzerland)

Some members of the band travelled to Switzerland to the town of Muhlau to celebrate their band's 100th anniversary. BCBhave a long association with the Muhlau band having previously visited Muhlau in 2012 and their band visiting Bournemouth in 2014.
BCB travelled by minibus and after a 14 hour journey arrived there a little tired and stiff! After a little bit of sight seeing and rehearsal time both bands took part in a concert in front of a 400+ audience.
The Muhlau band opened the proceedings and premiered a piece of music written especially for them 'Muhlau Hundertsten' (Muhlau Centenary) by Bill Willis from BCB for this occasion. After the BCB ensemble, conducted by Nick Jarvis, played their set, they joined with the Muhlau band to celebrate the occasion in the time homoured fashion. After a long journey, BCB arrived home in the early hours of Monday morning very tired but full of memories of their short visit.

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BCB - Heroes of British Music - The Regent Centre, Christchurch

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BCB's summer concert this year is under the heading of Heroes of British Music.

Come and join us and hear some Great British music from Handel to McCartney, via Britten, Elgsr, Host, Lloyd Webber and much more.

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BCB - West of England Area competition 2017 - The Riviera Centre, Torquay

 

BCB spent the month of February preparing for the 1st section 'area' competition held in Torquay on 11 March.

The chosen piece was 'Land of the Long White Cloud' by Philip Sparke. On the day the bandwere drawn to play on thenumber 7 slot.

When the resutls were finally announced BCB were placwes SECOND which earnt them the honour of taking part in the National Brass Band Championships to be held on 17 September in Cheltenham.

Much merriement was had by the players and their conductor, Matthew Brown. Here are some of the photos:

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BCB New Year concert 2017 - The Regent Centre, Christchurch

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BCB started the new year with their version of the New Year Viennese concert at The Regent Centre, Christchurch.
They opened with Fucik’s march Entry of the Gladiators which was followed by Mozart’s overture to The Magic Flute.
Soloists for the day were John Starkes – Euphonium who gave a delightful rendition of the 2nd movement of Mozart’s clarinet concerto, and Alf Hughes – Cornet who played the evergreen Alleluia also my Mozart. Both soloists were on top form.
Schubert was represented with his Marche Militaire. The bulk of the programme was of course populated by the Strauss family and  the audience were provided with the usual mix of overtures, waltzes and polkas (Dei Fledermaus overture, waltzes; Roses from the South; Wine, Women and Song; and of course The Blue Danube. Polkas featured were Chit-Chat, Pizzicato, Champagne, Express and Lawsuit. The afternoon was rounded off by the obligatory Radetsky march by Johann Strauss senior.

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Own Choice Test Piece Competition 2016 The Hawth, Crawley.

The competition was split into two parts, firstly a hymn tune and then a test piece, both being adjudicated by Denis Wilby.
The band, conducted by Matt Brown, had chosen to play the hymn tune Melita and Philip Sparke’s The Year of the Dragon and played off the number 2 slot.

With a quartet starting the hymn tune before the whole band then joined in after the opening 2 stanzas, producing a big warm sound in the final verse.

The Year of the Dragon consists of three movements, and the 2nd movement of the piece has a demanding Trombone solo. Congratulations to Cam for a very good assured performance.

When the results were announced the band were placed 1st for ther hymn tune and 2nd for the test piece, with the Basses being awarded the best Bass section prize. A successful ‘day at the office’.

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Autumn 2016

BCB performed their annual Last Night of the Proms concerts in Christchurch and Swanage and it was great to have responsive crowds.
The concerts under the direction of the band’s resident conductor, Bill Willis, started with the march Death or Glory which certainly got the audience in the mood for the night's proceedings.
With the band preparing for a number of forthcoming contests, the band were able to give a run out of some of the pieces. A big band item, Los Hermanos de Bop, the march Circus Days and A Song for Japan, written for the people of Japan in the aftermath of the Tsunami that occurred 5 years ago. Other items performed were the Finale of Dvorak’s Symphony No.8 and a new composition by Peter Hartley, the band’s 1st Baritone player called Song for R. Soloists on display were Cam Smith with the Trombone solo, The Londonderry Air, John Starkes with the perennial favourite, Grandfather’s Clock and an Eb Trumpet duet, Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Trumpets played by Nick Jarvis and Stuart Gaudion.
With the band preparing for an own choice test piece completion on the Sunday following the Swanage concert, the band gave a rendition of Philip Sparke’s The Year of the Dragon, this being conducted by the band’s Professional conductor, Matthew Brown.
To finish of the concerts the band provided the Proms trilogy of Fantasia on British Sea Songs, Jerusalem and Pomp & Circumstance with much audience participation.

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