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).

Vienna comes to Bournemouth

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BCB saw in the New Year performing its Viennese concert at The Regent Centre Christchurch for the 18th year running.

On a very wet and windy afternoon a sizable audience came to hear the music of Vienna as performed by BCB.
The band kicked off with the Florentiner march and soon had the audience chuckling as one cornet player played a wrong note (deliberate?) causing the conductor to look at him sternly and serveral members pointing to him! If anyone has heard the Mnozil Brass version of this march, they will understand the lighter side of this. The 'cuprit' was John Bailey and he was let off, as 3 days before the concert he got married to his fiance, Sarah. The concert featured 2 premiere performances especially written for the event, Schubert's Grand March Heroique arranged by Peter Hartley and the Mozart Overture - Idomeneo arranged by the conductor Bill Willis. Both pieces were well received by the audience. Lehar's Gold & Siver waltz had the audience swaying to the music before 2 polkas acknowledging Eastern Europe, the Hugarian and Czech polkas followed. To finish the first half the band played Johan Stauss's Perpetuum Mobile and as the ending approached, the sections of the band took their leave, leaving only the conductor and one solitary bass player!.

Perpetuum Mobile started the second half, again with one solitary bass player, and gradually the remainder of the band returned before the finishing the piece with a trimphant ending. The Mozart Overture - The Impresario followed, plus the Strauss waltz, Morning Papers and Josef Strauss's Firebell Polka. The soloists were in fine form as Rachel Bartlett (Flugel)played Say Ye Who Borrow, Helen Kinder (Euphonium) with Papageno's Aria, and Alf Hughes playing the Rondo from Mozart's 3rd Horn Concerto. The finale was of course typical Viennese tradition, The Blue Danube, before the audience clapped their way through Strauss senior's Radetsky March bring the concert to its conclusion.

The band are an experienced unit in this form of music making, and this one of the most popular concerts at this venue, it is always well received by an appreciative audience, and this one was no exception.


 

 Albert Hall Logo - Proms 2013

Last Night of the Proms

Strong winds and sweeping rain announced the arrival of autumn in Christchurch. Yet traditional English weather could not deter the best crowd in 5 years from making their way to the Regent Centre for BCB’s annual Last Night of the Proms concert.

This year your £1 purchase came with a Union Jack on the back cover to encourage patriotic participation in the later part of the evening. Many had taken the initiative and bought their own flags. In fact it was the best costume turn out for a few years with red and white wigs, Union Jack waistcoats supported by a seemingly healthy enthusiasm for the opportunity to sing!

“Praise” is a slightly old fashioned word these days, but the bands opening March, thus entitled, set the bright and exciting tone for the rest of the evening.

Music from film scores, classical favourites and new compositions gave the audience a real mix of entertainment for the first half.

Ron Goodwin’s 633 Squadron set a patriotic and upbeat tempo for the second half of the program.

Acknowledgement was given to Peter Hartley, the band’s principal trombone, for his two classical arrangements, Slavonic Dances No 1 and Hansel and Gretel, which were premiered during concert.

It was ladies night for the solo spots and Helen Kinder, euphonium and Alfie Hughes, tenor horn on fine form.

Leading the band and trying to tame the prommers, who were this year “noisy” in true proms tradition, was Bill Willis, the band’s resident conductor.

The evening ended in traditional proms fashion. It was a photo finish in Fantasia on British Sea Songs between band and prommers as who could sing/play “Jack the Lad” quickest! The audience provided fine singing in Jerusalem and with flags flying and voices raised bought the evening to a grand finale with “Land of Hope and Glory”

With an audience made up of regular locals, holiday makers from Yorkshire, Dublin and London and many first time attenders, this was without doubt one of the best Proms concerts for a number of years.

Thank you to all those who attended and contributed its success – See you next year.

 

Bournemouth Concert Brass announces -

“Sounds of Christmas” 2013

For the third year Bournemouth Concert Brass are pleased announce their return to the Royal Bath hotel in Bournemouth for what is fast becoming the must attend Christmas launch event in Bournemouth.

The Royal Bath hotel is a local landmark building and, unknown to many, incorporates one of the best concert venues in town. 

The Devere Suite

The Devere Suite will offer an intimate and comfortable arena to enjoy two hours of fine traditional brass band music in a festive mode.

We encourage you to arrive early and soak up the atmosphere of the hotel’s Grand Lounge where children from Park School will be singing carols from 6.30pm

Bournemouth Concert Brass are pleased to flag this event as one of its “profits for charity” concert. This year the band is pleased to be working with a little known Dorset charity - Mosaic.

Mosaic is a Dorset charity offering a pathway of support to bereaved children, young people and their families. Mosaic work with young people who are facing the death of a loved one and provide individual, family and group support. Every child has the opportunity to attend residential weekend programme where they can meet others and share their experiences. 

The concert is Tuesday 3rd December at commences with carols in the Grand Lounge from 6.30-7.15pm by the Park School choir prior to the main concert at 7.30pm

See http://www.mosaicfamilysupport.org.uk/

Pre book your tickets with Martin Collett at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 07917 340242

or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8317087633

 

 

Last Night of the Proms - A double hit

Regent Centre and Mowlem Theatre

Albert Hall Logo - Proms 2013

Strong winds and sweeping rain announced the arrival of autumn in Christchurch. Yet traditional English weather could not deter the prommers from making their way to the Regent Centre for BCB’s annual Last Night of the Proms concert at the Regent Centre

This year your £1 purchase came with a Union Jack on the back cover to encourage patriotic participation in the later part of the evening. Many had taken the initiative and bought their own flags. In fact it was the best costume turn out for a few years with red and white wigs, Union Jack waistcoats supported by a seemingly healthy enthusiasm for the opportunity to sing!

“Praise” is a slightly old fashioned word these days, but the bands opening March, thus entitled, set the bright and exciting tone for the rest of the evening.

Music from film scores, classical favourites and new compositions gave the audience a real mix of entertainment for the first half.

Ron Goodwin’s 633 Squadron set a patriotic and upbeat tempo for the second half of the program.

Acknowledgement was given to Peter Hartley, the band’s principal trombone, for his two classical arrangements, Slavonic Dances No 1 and Hansel and Gretel, which were premiered during concert.

It was ladies night for the solo spots and Helen Kinder, euphonium and Alfie Hughes, tenor horn on fine form.

Leading the band and trying to tame the prommers, who were this year “noisy” in true proms tradition, was Bill Willis, the band’s resident conductor.

The evening ended in traditional proms fashion. It was a photo finish in Fantasia on British Sea Songs between band and prommers as who could sing/play “Jack the Lad” quickest! The audience provided fine singing in Jerusalem and with flags flying and voices raised bought the evening to a grand finale with “Land of Hope and Glory”

With an audience made up of regular locals, holiday makers from Yorkshire, Dublin and London and many first time attenders, this was without doubt one of the best Proms concerts for a number of years.

A week later the band travelled the Mowlem Theatre in Swanage for a repeat performance.

Interestingly here there was a strong visitor mix with brass band enthusiasts from Blackburn who were house sitting for friends, Kurt from Germany who had heard the band before and was celebrating his 50th year of visiting Swanage  from Cologne for a holiday and visitors from London and Sussex. A strong local contingent was evident.

Both events saw their best attendances for 5 years. These Proms concerts continue to be one the bands most popular concerts in the calendar

Thank you to all those who attended and contributed its success – See you next year.

Praise     Wilfred Heaton

The Gael - Dougie MacLean      

CzardasVittorio Monti arr: Bill Willis Euphonium soloist, Helen |Kinder

Vitae Lux   Frode Almaes arr: Torstein Aagaard Nilson

Enter the Galaxies   Paul Lovatt Cooper

Slavonic Dance No1   Dvorak arr: Peter Hartley

Hootenanny Harold Walters

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633 Squadron     Ron Goodwin     

Hansel and GretelEngelbert Humperdink arr: Peter Hartley

Piper of Dundee.Ken Downie

Horn soloist, Alfie Hughes

Sing Sing Sing     Louis Prima

Fantasia on British Sea Songs

Sir Henry Wood

Jerusalem     Hubert Parry

Pomp & Circumstance No. 1   Elgar

 

 

BCB play Bournemouth Pleasure Gardens

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BCB made their 22nd yearly appearance in the Pinewalk Bandstand in Bournemouth's Pleasure Gardens, during the week before the August bank holiday. The band reached thousands of tourists as they meandered their way through the gardens either on their way to the beach, or back through to the shopping precinct. Many stopped to listen drawn to a familiar piece of music or encouraged to stay and listen to the entire program.

The band are experienced band stand performers and have an entertaining repetoire set aside for this annual engagement including traditional brass band marches, arrangements from stage and screen as well as the popular current hits.

Audience appreciation was especially given to the renditions of "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Copa Cabana", and "Wake me up Before you Go". Particular enthusiasm was shown by the crowd for "YMCA" and "Hootenany", where the band encouraged audience participation.

Listener comments from the week

"I thoroughly enjoyed the band and have listened to every performance" (Local lady)

"I like traditional music. When the band played the march "Slaidburn", it took me back to my younger days when playing in the Whit Friday marches" (Visitor from Manchester)

"I've been working here for the summer period and have heard most of the bands that have played here. Your band have certainly played the widest variety of music and have had the best crowd response" (Crazy golf attendant)

"Occasionally not as tight as some bands I have heard, but for entertainment value, second to none!" (Visitor from Salisbury)

"It was nice to see the band smiling and enjoying themselves, some bands don't look happy when they play. Favourite piece was Copa Cabana" (Visitor from Lincoln)

"Good balance to every programme, something for everyone, band played well, great tempo's, nice balance to the ensemble, trombones - a phenomenal choir, Star soloists throughout the week. Good looking conductor - will go far. Bournemouth Tourism is giving a perfect adjudication, 200 out of 200 points. see you next year. Love the stand banners" (Guest player)

"Thanks for five really good playing experiences for me with three "Great Blokes" at the back who do it really nicely.
Thanks to the band for letting me hook in and my best wishes for the rest of the year.
Thanks to Bill for the best of programme planning and to top the show all the classy soloists, it all made my week" (Guest player)

"My wife and I would like to express our appreciation of the many concerts you gave in the Bournemouth bandstand recently. You performed a varied and excellent repertoire and the quality brought us much enjoyment. Please pass on my thanks and appreciation to the band. One or both of us attended as many performances as possible.

 

BCB perform in Swanage Sat. 17 August

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BCB 's 10 piece ensemble presented a concert at St Marys church Swanage for the annual Flower Festival.

The group played a wide range of music from Mozart, traditional melodies and contemporary popular music.

**Here is the group seen at a corporate event at the Mirimar Hotel in Bournemouth in 2012

 

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