Friday, January 18, 2019

Concert - Celebrating 20 Years of Playing

2019 sees BWO celebrate its 20th anniversary. Formed in 1999 from a select group of musicians, as part of Beenham’s millennium celebrations, the orchestra now boasts over 40 players. 
As part of the celebration, the two concerts this year will include our favourite repertoire from the last 20 years. 
Both of these concerts will be held at St Mary’s Church in Thatcham. The first is on Saturday 9 March at 7.30pm and includes pieces by Vaughan Williams, Holst, Britten and Gershwin. Come and see (or rather hear) if we’ve chosen your favourite music.

Tickets Paid in advance £10 On the door: £12 U18s £2

Available from Orchestra Members, Picture iT, 17 High Street, Thatcham or phone (answerphone) 0118 9712575

Monday, December 17, 2018

Rehearsal and Performance Dates

Spring Term 2019

Jan     4th11th18th, 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, 19th

Sunday 9th June - Newbury Bandstand
Friday 19th July - Band on the Rec

Autumn Term 2019
Aug    30th,  First Rehearsal
Saturday 28th September - Concert, St Mary's Thatcham
Friday 13th December - Beenham Christmas Concert

Monday, December 3, 2018

Christmas Concert

Friday 14th December, 7.30pm

Beenham School Hall

Join us for a free concert of Carols and traditional Christmas music, mulled wine and mince pies.

A collection will be taken for charity. This year we are supporting
Us in a Bus  a not-for-profit charity organisation that offer opportunities for people with profound learning disabilities and complex needs.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Post Concert / Too early for Christmas Dinner

 Lovely evening at The Six Bells in Beenham.

We raffled a beautiful pom pom wreath made by Daisy Hodgson and raised £100 for Cancer Relief.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Concert Review

Thank you for inviting Mr Redwood to attend the Beenham Wind Orchestra concert. Mr Redwood very much enjoyed himself and wrote up the event on his website. He has asked me to forward his article to you as he feels yourself and the organisers might find this of interest:

Beenham Wind orchestra remembers 1918
I attended the Beenham Wind Orchestra to hear their Poppies and Peace concert on Saturday. They were magnificent. After two years in the planning, they delivered a moving and well-orchestrated programme of music.
The concert began with the powerful and threatening music from Holst’s Mars, reminding us of the terrors of war and the sounds of the violence. Dartmoor 1912 evoked the happy relations between man and horse before they went to war with suffering for both. Music from Noel Coward’s Cavalcade sent us trying to identify the popular songs of the First World War. I think I heard Tipperary, Keep the Home Fires burning, Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and Take me back to dear old Blighty. David Tredici’s alarming Wartime told us how the sounds of the bugle and the intense fighting that ensued swamped the strains of Abide with Me that the soldiers sang before battle.
Later in the concert we were lulled by the softer tones of Holst’s Venus. The haunting strains of the Benedictus from the Armed Man by Karl Jenkins were memorably played. A newer piece, Sunset, by Richard Saucedo served to remind us that conflict and death carries through to our own era. The evening was finished off with the much happier and optimistic English country garden. Chris Guy our compere kept us well informed of what we were to hear. Robert Roscoe conducted it all in good humour and with great skill.
I would like to say a big thank you to all the musicians for a wonderful concert, and to the organisers for making us welcome.
Yours sincerely

Myles Larrington | Caseworker and Parliamentary Assistant
Office of the Rt Hon John Redwood MP
Member of Parliament for Wokingham | House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Poppies and Peace

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Jess and Lynn Portwood on Euph and Jonathan Hodgetts and Will Druiett on Tuba

The bass section from Saturday's Beenham Wind Orchestra concert. 

Thanks to Jonathan Hodgetts for playing, bringing along his colleague Will Druiett and a 'Wessex Tubas' Euphonium for Jess to play. 

Anne Laney, usually principal Clarinet, playing her beautiful Harp in 'Venus' - a first for her.

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