Friday, October 12, 2018

Autumn Concert - Poppies and Peace

As we approach the Centenary of the end of the First World War, we invite you to our remembrance concert -
Poppies and Peace. 

The programme includes 'Mars' and 'Venus' from Holst's 'Planet Suite', 'Dartmoor 1912' from John William's score for the film 'War Horse', 'In Wartime' by David Del Tredici' and 'Benedictus' from the 'Armed Man' by Karl Jenkins.

St Mary's Church, Thatcham, 7.30pm
Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door, £2,18s and under.
Available from Band Members or 'Picture It' in Thatcham High Street.

Please read the story below about the striking image we have used on our publicity material. We are grateful to the artist,
Lyn Davies, for granting us permission to use the image and share the story.

In the summer of 1968, I was thirteen and my family went on holiday to Jersey.
We stayed with my grandparents in St Helier.
All the adults warned me not to ask Grandad about the Great War.
They said that he wouldn’t tell me anything and would probably go into one of his ‘moods’.
The first time we were alone together, I asked him and, after a long silence, he told me.
For about an hour, I listened to Grandad’s memories of  The Somme.
The steady tick of a big, dark grandfather clock marked frequent pauses, when he stopped to gather his thoughts.
He said his pals became expert at judging how far soldiers had been from the explosion that killed them.
The outer ring lay as if peacefully sleeping.
As you came closer to the epicentre, the butchery became increasingly horrific.
They all knew this was a good place to find replacement boots: if you had the stomach to
shake out the feet of the previous owner.
He told me that some explosions reduced men to a fine red mist, which was carried high
in the updraft.
Some of his mates said poppies would grow where the mist settled.
I thought I had forgotten about Grandad.
I thought I had forgotten that summer afternoon.
Forty five years later, I painted ‘Poppies’.
Lyn Davies

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Rehearsal and Performance Dates

Autumn Term 2018

Sept    7th,  14th, 21st, 28th

Oct      5th,  12th, 19th, 26th
Nov     2nd,   9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th,
Dec      7th,  14th

Saturday 10th November - Concert, St Mary's Thatcham
Friday 30th November - Post Concert Meal, Six Bells
Sunday 2nd December - Christmas Tree Lighting, Beenham, 5.30pm
Friday 14th December- Christmas Concert, 7.30pm

Spring Term 2019

Jan    4th,  11th18th, 25th
Feb    1st8th, 15th, 22nd
Mar    1st,  8th, 15th, 22nd28th
Apr     5th

Saturday 9th March - Concert, St Mary's Thatcham

Summer Term 2019
Apr    26th
May    3rd,  10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
Jun    7th, 14th, 21st28th
Jul     5th,  12th

Friday 12th July - Band on the Rec

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Summer 2018

It seems the sun always shines for Englefield Flower Show and this year was no exception. In fact the sun shone on all our outdoor events.

We had a mini conductor  helping out with 'Sea Songs', our opening piece.

Jonathan doubled the tuba section by bringing along a friend from Germany.

Neil on percussion at Phyllis Court, Henley Regatta. Conductor is sitting in the horn section, something not quite right there.

Summer season over, pint drunk, conductor gone home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Band on the Rec was a great success. It seemed like most of Beenham turned out to hear us play. The barbecue raised over £400 for 'Reading Refugees' and thanks go to the Six Bells for providing the bar and to the Ice Cream van which was a welcome addition this year.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Summer Season

The sun shone for us in Newbury when we played on the Bandstand last weekend and we had a good audience who enjoyed our programme of popular music.

On Friday 13th July Beenham Wind Orchestra is performing on the Recreation Ground in the middle of Beenham from 7.30pm until it is too dark to read the music. 

Do come with your friends, picnic, drinks, chairs, sun hats etc, and enjoy a summer’s evening of village entertainment.  There is plenty of parking, and there will be a beer tent provided by The Six Bells and a BBQ, the proceeds of which will go to 'Reading Refugees'. Suggest you bring a chair or picnic rug to enjoy the music in comfort.

No entry fee.

On Saturday 14th July we are playing at Englefield Flower Show and School Fete. A lovely traditional Summer event, one of our favourites.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Children's Concert with an Animal Theme

On Saturday 19th May we are joining with the Oratory Prep School Wind Band to play a concert of Animal themed pieces.

This concert is free and very much aimed at children so do come and hear The Lion King, Jungle Book, Jurassic Shark and Peter and the Wolf (with narrator).

The concert is in the Theatre at The Oratory Prep School, Reading RG8 7SF and starts at 7pm.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Strictly Beenham

A few photos of our recent concert. The final rehearsal was cancelled due to snow, but the concert went ahead with most of the Orchestra making it to Thatcham.

Thanks go to some last minute substitutions and  very hard working, 50% reduced, Horn and Percussion sections

An unusually large string section for a Wind Orchestra!