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.

Friday, July 20, 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

Friday 21st September - BWO AGM in break
Tuesday 16th October - Chamber Concert at Old Bluecoat School, Thatcham
Saturday 10th November - Concert, St Mary's Thatcham
Friday 14th - Christmas Concert


Spring Term 2019

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

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!


Friday, February 23, 2018

Strictly Beenham

Dance away the winter blues with Beenham Wind Orchestra. March 3rd 2018 sees 
Strictly Beenham coming to St Mary’s Church, Thatcham, so put on your dancing shoes and tap along to Maple Leaf Rag, Rossini’s Tarantella, Shostakovich’s Waltz No 2 and Brahms’s Hungarian Dance no 5. The programme also includes some Yiddish Dances, a selection of dance music from the ‘20s and a lovely arrangement of Grainger’s Handel in the Strand clog dance.

At: St Mary’s Church, Thatcham
On: Saturday 3 March
At: 7:30pm, Doors open 7pm
Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door. Available from Band Members and PictureIt in Thatcham from mid January 2018.


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Review of Christmas Concert

Beenham Wind Orchestra held their annual Christmas concert at Beenham Primary School on Friday. Everyone got into the festive spirit, with the orchestra wearing Christmas tops and draped in colourful tinsel, and with an interactive performance with the option for the audience to join in with the carols.
The evening was attended by villagers and family and friends of the orchestra members. All were treated to mince pies and mulled wine.
The musical performance was a mix of traditional Christmas pieces, interspersed with carols. There was an excellent rendition of Christmas songs from some of the brass players and a memorable rendition of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas sung by Chloe Anderson

The Concert was a great success and the people of Beenham enjoyed a very entertaining evening.

Newbury Weekly News 21st December 2017