BCB see in the New Year in style!


The New Year was seen in with the annual New Concert given by the band at the Regent Centre Christchurch.

The band began the concert with the first movement of Mozart's 25th Symphony and swiftly move on to Beerthoven and his wonderful overture, Egmont. Further representations from Mozart were a duet from the Magic Flute played by Alf Hughes (Flugel) and Tony Hartley (Euphonium) and A Musical Joke, the music of which you may remember from the Horse of the Year show. The band were delighted to introduce a new soloist. Cam Smith recently joined the band on Trombone and he presented Girls are Made to Love and Kiss by Franz Lehar.

Strauss was of course the main contributor to the programme with familiar Waltzes and polkas, and as the band were celebrating the 20th concert of this type they played a polka written by one of the band's members, Peter Hartley, entitled Regent Polka, this was written in the style of Strauss, and as a thank you to the staff at the Centre for their support over the years and also the the audiences who come year after year to hear the band.

The concert finished in obligatory style with The Blue Danube and Strauss Senior's Radetsky March.