BCB at the 2014 Wessex Contest and the visit of the Muehlau band (Switzerland) 

The end of November 2014 was special for 2 reasons.

The band were hosting the visit of Musikgesellschaft  Muehlau (Switzerland) band and also attended the annual Wessex contest was held at the Life Centre Winton. The Visit of the Muehlau band renewed old aquaintances as BCB visit Muehlau in 2012. The band, over for a 3-4 day visit, stayed at the Avon Tyrell camping Lodge and were ably looked after by some menbers of the band during their stay. They also took part in the Wessex contest and also played an entertaining concert during the lunchtime break.

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So, to the contest, 18 bands took part in this year's contest and BCB were pleased to be taking part having not attended for 3-4 years. Each band can choose their ow piece to play and it was down to this year's adjudicator Paul Holland to decide who he felt was the best band. 

In the weeks prior to the contest BCB had been working hard with their professional conductor, Nigel Taken on a test piece called ‘English Heritage’ by George Lloyd. On the day the band's rendition of ‘English Heritage’ brought a good response from the audience.The band were placed second in their section (Championship) and third overall.

The band are now busy preparing for their annual Viennese Concert at the Regent Centre Christchurch on 4 January (3pm). Book early as this is often a sell out concert.

BCB play at the Bournemouth University Graduation Ceremony 

November 2014 saw BCB, for the third year running, provide pre-ceremony music and ingoing and outgoing ceremonial music at this year's Graduation Ceremony.

For this event the band were under the direction of Ian McElligott, and over 4 days the band played to 5,700 graduates and 8,000 attendees.

The music was of a light entertainment nature and many of the students were dancing along to pieces such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Copa Cabana and Pharrell Williams' Happy. The band were in fine form and Ian made sure we were on top of our performance with good direction over the four days.

The entrance of the dignitaries, including the university board and the mayoral parties, follows a certain tradition and the band were required to play Grand March from Aida, March in Scipio, Cortege from Mlada, March of the Bowmen, Overture to The Thievish Magpie, plus of course the National Anthem.

Many favourable comments were received and the band are looking forward to performing again next year.

Below are photos of some of the sections of the band prior to performing.


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Poster for Brass Band concert - October 2014BCB perform Charity concert for BSVI 

BCB put on a charity concert for Bournemouth Society for the Visually Impaired Bournemouth School for Girls on Saturday 25 October.

The evening commenced with John Williams' 'Olympic spirit and a number of favourites followed: Let's Face the Music and Dance, Skyfall, Gonna Fly Now, Bohemian Rhapsody, Copa Cabana and a few more to boot.

Soloists feature were Alf Hughes and Nick Jaris in a cornet duet, playing Erik Leidzen's The Cleansing Stream. Colin Williams performed the Bass Trombone solo  Minne the Moocher, and a sextette of 3 Flugels (Rachel Bartlet, Alf Hughes, John Kidby) and 3 Trombones (Paul Harrison, Thomas Ireland, Colin Williams) played Stevie Wonder's You are the Sunshine of my Life. The evening concluded win a 'Proms' style with Fantasia on British Sea Songs and Pomp and Circumstance before encores of Skyfall (requested) and KArl King's march Circus Days.

The music was well received and we are looking forward to follow up with a further concert for the society next year.

BCB at the Proms 2014

September saw BCB preform their annual Last Night of the Proms concerts at Chrstchurch andSwanage.

These are popular concerts with the audience, as it gives them the opportunity to wave flags and sing heartily during the concerts.


At BCB's concerts we try to use music arranged by members of the band and we started the concerts with a piece called 'Blues March' written for the PHillip Jones Brass Ensemble by Ray Premru and arranged for BCB by one of the band's baritone players, Peter Hartley.

The band's principal cornet player, Alf Hughes gave a fine rendition of 'Cry Me a River' a la Michael Buble style. Also featured was a sextet of 3 Flugel Horns (Rachel Bartlet, Alf Hughes, John Kidby) and 3 Trombones (Rob Taylor, PAul Harrison, Colin Williams) in Stevie Wonder's 'You are the Sunshine'

The wonderful 'Fantasia on British Sea Songs' by Sir Henry Wood, 'Jerusalem' and Elgar's @Pomp & Circumstance Military March No.1' gave the audience the change to join with the band and sing, clap and wave flags as the concerts came to their conclusion.

Full programme:
Blues March - Ray Premru arr. Peter Hartley
Libertango - Piazzolla arr. Leigh Baker
Cornet Solo - Cry Me a River - Arthur Hamilton arr. Chris Wormald
Soloist - Alf Hughes
Carnival of the Animals - Saint-Saens arr. Bill Willis
Past Time with Good Company - Henry VIII arr. Stephen Roberts
Cossack Wedding Dance - Peter Graham


Circus Days - Karl King arr. Bill Willis
Minuet - Boccerini arr. Charles Skinner
Flugel Horn Feature - You are the Sunshine - Stevie Wonder
Soloists - Rachel Bartlett, Alf Hughes, John Kidby
Kalinka - Ray Woodifield
Fantasia on British Sea Songs - Henry Wood arr. Peter Hartley
Jerusalem - William Blake/Sir Hubert Parry
Pomp & Circumstance Military March No.1 - Sir Edward Elgar

Nigel Taken arrives back at Bournemouth

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Bournemouth Concert Brass announces that the vastly experienced Nigel Taken has accepted the position to become the new Professional Conductor with the West of England band.

Double winner

Nigel takes over the baton from Dave Barringer and sees him return to a band which he conducted on numerous occasions from 1986 to 2010, winning the unique double of West of England First and Championship Section titles in 2004 and 2005.

Nigel has had a long and successful association with the band and we are looking forward to working with him again.

Major Dave Barringer departs from Bournemouth alt

The highly successful partnership between Major Dave Barringer and Bournemouth Concert Brass will come to an end at the Blackpool Spring Festival in April.

Dave said: "I have loved every minute of being their Musical Director and am immensely proud of what we have achieved over the last four years."

After taking over the baton at the end of 2009 following relegation from the Championship Section, the highly respected army officer helped rejuvenate Bournemouth back to top flight status, qualifying for the National Finals at Cheltenham and the Albert Hall along the way.

He fully intends to continue his association with the band on an ad-hoc basis, but stepping down as full time MD allows him the freedom to undertake other projects.

On reporting the break he concluded with a smile: "They have heard all of my jokes now and they need a fresh face to continue to drive them forward!

BCB would like to place on record their thanks to Major Dave Barringer for his leadership over the last 4 years as Professional Conductor and wish him well for the future.

The band are now actively looking for a replacement to take them forward.

If you wish to apply for this position, please contact the band via our contacts page (Chairman, Secretary or Treasurer).

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