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.

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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
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Cossack Wedding Dance - Peter Graham

INTERVAL

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.