bcb-sounds-of-christmasSounds of Christmas 2012

For the second year running BCB held it’s Sounds of Christmas concert in the DeVere Suite of the iconic Royal Bath Hotel in Bournemouth.

The event was again supported by UK insurance company Ansvar Insurance and local insurers Colemans. The band traditionally donates the profits from its Christmas concert to charity and the beneficiaries this year were Diverse Abilities Plus and Life Education Wessex.

Guests were entertained by the St Mark’s Primary School choir with carol singing from 6.30pm in the wonderfully decorated Grand Lounge. Parents joined with ticket holders to enjoy a variety of carols from the children who splendidly set the festive scene for the evening ahead.


National Championship Finals, Royal Albert Hall, 20th October 2012 - 14th Best band in the country for a day

Major David Barringer conducts the performance at the Royal Albert Hall

This weekend’s appearance at the National Championship Finals, the last being 2005, was the culmination of 3 years progress and hard work under the leadership of Major David Barringer. The bands personnel has remained constant over the last few years and this has contributed to the bands growing quality of performance. The band continues to grow its appearances and concerts in the Bournemouth area and engaging Major Barringer’s services for competitions has proven to be a wise investment.

*Picture – Major David Barringer with the band on stage (Courtesy of 4 bars rest)

In September the band planned a rehearsal schedule to meet the challenging parts that Howard Snell had presented in his arrangement of Daphnis and Chloe. In fact in his summary speech prior to the results of the contest, he apologised to the 80 secondary cornet players (4 in each of the 20 bands) for writing such complex parts. Logistics are always challenging for these events and even more so as the piece required four percussionists along with a full entitlement of percussion equipment.


Bournemouth Concert Brass returns from successful tour to Sonderborg Denmark

John Woods reports on Bournemouth Concert Brass recent 6 day tour to Sonderborg in Southern Jutland Denmark. 6th – 9th July 2012

The town of Sonderborg hosts the annual Ring Rider festival (Ringriderfesten) over 4 days and now enters its 125th year. Horses and Riders from a wide area converge on the town for a festival that also includes 2 tattoos, parades from the castle to the festival ground and marches.

Sonderberg Equestrian ContestThis is an equestrian contest where riders have to spear small rings at speed on horseback which looks a bit like jousting. Alongside this contest is a huge fun fair and two huge party tents. The whole town shuts down for the weekend to enjoy concerts and music at a variety of locations throughout this pretty island based community.

Planning of the very full programme of events and range of ensembles playing a variety of themed music is a complex affair. Major David Barringer, MD of Bournemouth Concert Brass, has been involved with this event for a number of years, heading up UK military bands for 5 years and as lead Director of Music for the festival over the last 2 years. The support for all bands during the events was extremely well planned and co ordinate by the local organising committee and at all times the bands were well looked after with typical Danish hospitality.

BCB stayed at a local Danish Army Barracks with ideal facilities for a touring band and with superb views of the islands waterfront and a large car park for marching practice.


Crown Imperial – A Diamond Jubilee celebration concert

Her Majesty Queen ElizabethAn enthusiastic crowd gathered at the Regent Centre Christchurch on Sunday 1st July for a special concert to honour the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Special compere for the evening was LT Colonel Malcolm Torrent, Retired, who in his musical career with the forces includes appointments to Musical Director of the Royal Artillery Band and the Life Guards. His experience includes many royal events and pageants.

The "Crown Imperial" concert was compiled to offer listeners a selection of music linked to the Queen's life in her time as Monarch. The band's choice of repertoire encompassed various elements of the Queen's reign paying tribute to her association with armed forces, the commonwealth, her love of dogs and horses, her coronation and other royal ceremonies.

Many of the audience were first time attendees at a band concert and commented on the enjoyment of the mixed content of the programme.

We are grateful to those members of the audience who responded to the bands appeal for support in their re-branding project for 2012


Music from Stage and Screen

BCB at the Barrington Theatre 2012It had been 5 years since the band had last played at this local venue. The Barrington Theatre offers a traditional stage and theatre facility in the centre of Ferndown.

The auditorium was comfortably full with an enthusiastic crowd who were entertained with a varied programme.

Stage and Screen has been a popular background to previous BCB concerts and the band commenced with an arrangement of the famous 20th Century Fox fanfare immediately followed by Brad Rouilliers arrangement of Star Wars.

During the concert the band was able to feature a number of its soloists including Rachel Bartlett with a melody from the film Toy Story and John Starks with a that well known song from "My Fair lady", "I could have danced all night" James Stead provided a change of style with a vocal and keyboard performance with band accompaniment of one of his own arrangements of a song from "Jesus Christ Superstar"

During the interval a few of the band were able to meet members of the audience and talk about the bands activities and introduce a few of the instruments.

Before the concert and during the interval members of the audience were able to peruse and purchase a range of fine musical gifts and items from a stall set up by the bands good friend Amanda from Face the Music in Burley. Photos of the evening's concert were provided by the bands associate photographer Louise Jolly.

The band completed the evening with the finale from Rossini's "William Tell Overture"

BCB book visit to Royal Albert Hall in October!

Albert HallSeventy-nine bands from across the West of England converged on Torquay on Sunday 11th March 2012 to compete in the sectional competitions that every year influence promotion and demotion between the five brass band "leagues".

For the first time since 2005, Bournemouth Concert Brass (BCB) were competing in the top flight Championship section of the West of England Annual Regional contest. The test piece chosen was "The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" (Derek Bourgeois), a sixteen minute piece especially written to challenge a bands technique, ensemble work and stamina!


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