BCB - Summer 2015

The band has been performing in and around Bournemouth during the summer months.
In June the band performed its annual 'Hollywood & Broadway' concert at the Regent Centre Christchurch.
Music on offer was from the films The Longest Day, Empire of the Sun, Harry Potter, and Midway, together with Musical numbers from Anything Goes and Phantom of the Opera. We also featured music from Game of Thrones and even the Muppets!
Solo items performed were the Cornet solo Let it Go from Frozen, played by Alf Hughes, Principal Cornet. Gabriel's Oboe from The Mission, played by Tony Hartley, Solo Euphonium. Also featured was a Cornet Trio, Three Little Maids, played by ALf Hughes, Nick Jarvis and Stuart Gaudion. We also featured a Euphonium Duet, Bibbidi, Bobbidi Boo, played by Tony & Peter Hartley.
As an encore, and to recognise the passing of the singer Joe Cocker, the band played Up Where We Belong from the film, An Officer and a Gentleman.
For the past 23 years the band has played in the Pinewalk bandstand in Bournemouth's Lower Gardens. This year Bournemouth Council could not provide the funds to pay for bands wishing to play in the bandstand. The band proudly wears the Council logo and felt duty bound to perform for the public and represent the town of Bournemouth. The band has a 10-piece ensemble and it was this group of players that eprformed 2 concerts in the bandstand without being paid.
The crowd responded to entertaining numbers such as Copa Cabana, New York New York, My Way and many others.
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The 10-piece ensemble also performed in the Christchurch bandstand over the weekend of 22/23 August. One of the most popular numbers and to which many of the children listening performed the actions, was YMCA!
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On the Bank Holday weekend the band were asked to provide a Quintet to play some fanfares at the unveiling of a commemorative plaque. This was at very late notice but we managed to practice for 20 minutes before the ceremony!
The fanfares were well received and local dignitaries were in attendance including the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress.

BCB at Cadburys new chocolate bar launch 'Puddles'

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On bank holiday Monday BCB were requested to play at an event for the chocalate makers, Cadburys who were launching a new chocolate bar called 'Puddles'.
This took place in the village of Puddletown, Dorset where the villagers hold an annual duck race along part of the river Piddle that runs through the town.
Cadburys had decorated the ducks and supporting food and ice cream stalls in their specific colouring and many of the villagers were there to support the event.
Due to the lack of space the band provided a 10 piece ensemble and played suitable music to which many of the children (and parents!) danced along to along the river bank.
The event was a huge success and look out for the new chocolate bar 'Puddles' soon.

BCB v AFC Bournemouth

BCB were privileged to play at AFC Bournemouth Goldsands stadium the night the team effectively sealed promotion to the Premiership. The band had been asked to play outside the ground prior to the match with a specific request for 'football' type anthems. The band were happy to oblige and for an hour before the match performed pievces such at Match of the Day theme, 'Ere we go' (Stars & Stripes Forever), The Great Escape, Congratulations, We are the Champions (maybe a bit premature in that one!), plus other suitable music. The crowd were in a buoyant mood and as the fans entered the stadium, many stopped to sing along, or to take 'selfies' with the band. A good night was had by all.

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BCB performs at the West of England regional contest in Torquay

February/March is the time when all contesting brass bands set their sights on preparing for the regional contests that happen around the country during the month of March. The bands in the Championship (top) section were required to play a piece of music entitled the Torchbearer by Peter Graham.

BCB had to travel to Torquay to take part in the West of England regional contest, in the previous weeks Professional conductor Nigel Taken had been thoroughly preparing the band for this contest ensuring we were familiar with the direction he wanted to give, and that we could play our parts!

After a short rehearsal in Torquay on the Saturday morning we were advised that we had been drawn to play 13th (last). This meant that we would not be on stage until approx. 7pm.

We finally got on stage shortly after 7pm and produced a performance that both conductor and players were happy with, and a short while after it was announced that the adjudicators had placed BCB in 4th place, the band were extremely happy with this as not only was it an improvement on last yearís result but also meant that the band maintained its Championship status for another year.

This certainly made the trip back to Bournemouth an enjoyable one.

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BCB at the Pinewalk Bandstand - 2015 

BCB have had the priviledge of playing at the Pinewalk bandstand in the Lower Pleasure Gardens during the summer for the last 23 years.

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Over the last 7-8 years we have seen the payments for playing in the bandstand made by the Bournemouth Council drop by more than 60%, but we have always been willing to continue to play for the enjoyment of the thousands of holidaymakers and the residents of Bournemouth. This year the council has advised that they are unable to pay any musical groups at all due to budgetary restrictions. We very much want to perform in the bandstand this year, but as an amateur group we rely on member subscriptions, concert revenue and donations to continue to exist.

We are approaching a number of local companies with a view to obtaining sponsorship for the performances, for which we would regularly advise the audience that the company is supporting us.

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BCB's New Year Viennese concert. 

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BCB welcomed in the New Year in their own inevitable style, performing their version of the New Year Viennese concert at the Regent Centre in Christchurch. This is the 19th year they have done so and it is a well supported concert.
The concert as usual featured music from composers associated with Vienna, such as the Strauss family, Mozart and Schubert, but also included the French composer Emille Waldteufel whose Skaterís Waltz is very much in line with those by the waltz Ďkingí Johann Strauss II.
The band opened with the Julius Fucik march Ė The Children of the Regiment, following that with the overture from the Mozartís opera Ė Cosi Fan Tutte. The bandís soloists were in fine form with Rachel Bartlett (Flugel Horn) playing the Romance form Mozartís Horn Concerto No.3, and Tony Hartley (Euphonium) playing Schubertís Serenade.
The Strauss family was well represented with Furioso, Cuckoo, Moulinet polkas, the Klipp Klapp gallop, and the Persian March. There were further contributions from Mozart with the overture to Don Giovanni, and the fourth movement of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.
At the 2014 concert a lady in the audience requested the band to play the Skaterís Waltz and while the band didnít have the music at that time, an arrangement was made to enable the band to play it this year.
In typical New Year tradition, the band finished the concert with the Blue Danube before the audience joined in with Johann Strauss seniorís Radetsky March sending the audience home on a high note.

Comment from a member of the audience:
To the brass band of Bournemouth,
Thank you so much for such a lovely concert at the Regent Centre last Sunday (4 January 2015). My husband and I enjoyed every minute of it. We were especially moved by the Shubert Serenade. The soloist was divine; he conveyed such tenderness and emotion.
Are you back at the Regent Centre in June? If so please send me the dates. We would so enjoy hearing another concert by this innovative and talent band.

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