BCB - Christmas 2017

BCB carried out a number of Christmas concerts with their 5 piece and 10 piece ensembles at such venues as, Canford Chase and Oakdale old people's homes, St Francis church Corfe Mullen and Parkstone URC, at this last venue BCB were joined by the musical group Dynamix Brass. This is a group of youngsters put together, taught and conducted by Lloyd Bartlett the band's Bass Trombone player. The band also provided carols at the Cricketers pub and outside Tescos at the Littledown Centre, where the band were able to raise some much needed funds.

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BCB - Bournemouth University Graduation Ceremonies

Once again BCB were priviledged to take part in the graduation ceremonies held over a week at the BIC. Under their conductor Ian McGelligott the band provided entertaining music while the graduates assembled, and provided introcduction music while the diginitaries took there place on the stage. Over the week BCB player to upwards of 12,000 people.

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BCB - Wessex Brass Band Championships 2017

At the end of November BCB took part in the Wessex Brass Band Championships held in the Life Centre, Winton at the end of November, and under their conductor Melvin White played Eric Ball's Tournament for Brass, a piece they had previously played at the National Brass Band Championships in September, and the march Glemdene.

The band came First in their section and Second overall and Alf, the band's principal cornet won the best cornet player prize.

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BCB - National Brass Band Championships - Cheltenham 2017


BCB took part in the National Brass Band Championships held in Cheltenham in September.

The chosen test piece for bands in the First Section was Eric Ball's Tournament for Brass, BCB under their conductor Melvin White came ninth.

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BCB - Last Night of the Proms - The Regent Centre, Christchurch / The Mowlem Theatre, Swanage


September saw BCB perform their Last Night of the Proms concert at The Regent Centre and The Mowlem Theatre to packed audiences.
The first half of the programme featured a mix of French/Russian music while the second half concluded in the traditional manner. Also featured was the premiere of a Euphonium solo called 'Forever', superbly played by John Hanchett (regent) and John Starkes (Mowlem). The audience were in cracking form at both venues with whistles, horns and flags resplendant throughout the theatres while participating with the band in Don't Stop me now and the usual 'Proms' numbers.


Folk Festival – Shostakovich arr Howard Snell
French Military March – Saint-Saens arr Walter Hargreaves
Flower Duet – Delibes arr Gordon Langford - Cornet Duet - Matt Chiverton & Alf Hughes
Love of 3 Oranges – Prokofiev arr Harold Willis
Pavane – Faure arr Gordon Langford
Finale from Symphony No. 4 Tchaikovsky arr Bill Gordon

Colonel Bogey – Kenneth Alford
Forever – Bill Willis - Euphonium Soloist – John Hanchett / John Starkes
Canon Plus – Pachabel arr Bill Willis
Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen arr Philip Harper

Fantasia on British Sea Songs – Sir Henry Wood
Jerusalem – William Blake/Hubert Parry
Pomp & Circumstance No.1 – Sir Edward Elgar



BCB at the RNLI Headquarters Poole

A small emsemble of the band were privileged to provide incidental music for the launching of a new RNLI vessel at the RNLI headquarters near Poole Quay.
Luckily the rain held off during the service and the ship was launched with a bottle of champagne being sprayed over the vessel.

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BCB - Heroes of British Music - The Regent Centre, Christchurch

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BCB performed their summer concert at The Regent Centre under the heading of Heroes of British music, feasturing music by Elgar, Holst, Lloyd-Webber, Lennon McCartney, Handel and much more. The band also played some popular melodies from around the Isles.
The band's soloists were on top form including the premiere of a new Euphonium solo. The band also played two movements of the test piece Roayal Parks which they had played at a contest in Bugle a week earlier.
Allegro from Music for the Royal Fire Works - Handel
March from Moorside Suite - Holst
Live & Let Die - McCartney - Soprano Cornet Solo - Matt Chiverton
Greensleeves - Trad - Gordon Langford
Trumpet Tune - Purcell - Cornet Solo - Nick Jarvis
Irish Blessing - Joyce Eilers Bacak
March of the Peers – Sullivan
Salut d’Amour - Elgar
Close Every Door - Lloyd Webber - Euphonium Solo - John Starkes
Beatles Go Brass - Lennon/McCartney
UK Tour - Bill Willis
Royal Parks 2nd and 3rd movements - George Lloyd

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