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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. 


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 Skater’s Waltz is very much in line with those by the waltz ‘king’ Johann Strauss II.
The band opened with the Julius Fucik march – The Children of the Regiment, following that with the overture from the Mozart’s opera – Cosi Fan Tutte. The band’s soloists were in fine form with Rachel Bartlett (Flugel Horn) playing the Romance form Mozart’s Horn Concerto No.3, and Tony Hartley (Euphonium) playing Schubert’s 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 Skater’s Waltz and while the band didn’t 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 senior’s 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.

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

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