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.


 

Bournemouth Concert Brass - Christmas 2013

 BCB kicked off the fesive season with their 'Sounds of Christmas' concert at the Royal Bath hotel on 3rd December.

See the separate news item below

A week later the band gave a second Christmas concert at the Barrington Theatre, Ferdown.

This concert was billed as a carol concert and the audience were able to join in with a number of favourite carols, the band providing a number of 'solo' items. This concert was ably compered by Joe Bartlett who had a fine rapport with the audience. The band are looking forward to taking part again next year.

Throughout the month of December some members of the band played carols at a number of venues such as the East Cliff Court Hotel, the Carlton Hotel, the Cricketers pub, and a number of care homes across Poole and Bournemouth, culminating in a small group meeting on Christmas Eve playing carols at a number of hotels before retiring to a local hostelry in Westbourne again providing carols to a very receptive crowd.

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 Some much needed funds were raised over the Christmas period to ensure the band can continue to provide a hight standard of music for the coming year.


Sounds of Christmas Concert – Royal Bath Hotel – Devere Suite

For the third year in a row the band was pleased to hold a Christmas concert at the grand venue that is the DeVere Suite at the Royal Bath Hotel. The evening commenced as previous years with carols in the Grand Lounge. This year saw the return of the Park School choir led by Joy Lawrence. Parents and early arrivals for the concert thoroughly enjoyed the children’s singing which perfectly set the tone for the evening. With a selection of varied Christmas music such as The Shining Star, A Christmas Fantasy, 'The Message of Christmas', 'Cool Yule', 'Joyful Joyful' and many more, the band entertained an enthusiastic audience. One couple were visiting town from Stoke and booked last minute tickets. One lady in the audience was celebrating her 92nd birthday. In giving the profits of the event to charity the band seeks financial support for evening and is grateful to the Royal Bath Hotel for their support, local International Marketing company EIMS and, for the third year in a row, Coleman’s Insurance. This year the band was able to pass the profits from the evening to a Dorset charity – Mosaic. As a result of combined business support, ticket sales and retiring collection Mosaic received £800.

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BCB and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

12 members of Bournemouth Concert Brass were privileged to appear with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in two concerts held at the Lighthouse Centre, Poole and the Colston Hall in Bristol in November

The Orchestra, under their conductor Kirill Karabits, were performing ‘Five Interludes from Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District’ by Shostakovich.

The 3rd and 4th movements require an augmented brass ensemble and BCB were approached to assist in providing the players for this.

Prior to both concerts the ensemble rehearsed with the full orchestra under the watchful eyes of the BSO brass section.

The performance was exhilarating and well received by the audience, the ensemble receiving nods of approval from the BSO’s brass section.

BCB at the BIC, Bournemouth

Bournemouth Concert Brass were, for the second year running, pleased to take part in the University graduation ceremonies held at the BIC in Bournemouth..

Over a period of four days the band, under the direction of it's professional conductor – Major David Barringer, provided pre-ceremony music as well as the ingoing and outgoing music. Over the four days the band reached an audience of 12,000 as 2,000 graduating students received their awards.

The extensive repetoire the band prepared for the event included favourites such as Concerto d’Aranjuez, Hey Jude, Can’t take my eyes off you and The Gael.

Processional music was featured for the mayoral party and University dignitaries included Cortege from Mlada, March of the Bowmen, March in Scipio and Grand March from Aida.

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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.

 

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.

 

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