Saturday, March 18, 2017

Rehearsal and Performance Dates

Spring Term 2017

Rehearsal dates

Apr   28th
May   5th, 12th, 19th,   26th
Jun   2nd,     9th,  16th,  23rd,  30th
Jul    7th,   14th,  

Sunday 18th June - Forbury Gardens Bandstand, 3 - 4.30pm
Sunday 2nd July - Phyllis Court, Henley, 2 - 4pm
Friday July 14th - Band on the Rec - 7.30pm
Saturday 15th July - Englefield Flower Show, 2 - 4pm (Times TBC)
Sunday 16th July - Padworth Fete, (Times TBC)

Sep   1st,    8th,    15th,   22nd,  29th
Oct   6th,  13th,  20th,  27th
Nov   3rd,  10th,  17th,  24th
Dec   1st,  8th,  15th

Saturday 2nd September - Whitchurch Fete (tbc)
Sunday 24th September - Play Day (tbc)
Saturday 11th November - Concert, St Mary's Thatcham
Friday 17th November - Post Concert Band Dinner (tbc)
Friday 15th December - Beenham Christmas Concert, 7.30pm

Jan   5th  2018 - First rehearsal of Spring Term

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Spring Concert 2017

Winds in Time 4
Great Music from Great Composers
The fourth and last in our series of concerts exploring the history of Wind Band music from its beginnings in the 19th century to the present day
This concert includes music from 2000 - 2017

St Mary's Church Thatcham
Saturday 11th March, 7.30pm

Tickets £10 in advance, or £12 on the door, U18s £2
Buy tickets from Orchestra members, Lily's Boutique in Thatcham, or email Gay Spackman

This is the final concert in our series exploring music written for Wind Band, bringing us from 2000 to the present day. It includes three pieces that were commissioned by Beenham Wind Orchestra, the first, in 2002, by local musician and composer Torbjorn Hultmark, the second, in 2010, by young composer Lloyd Coleman and the third by Thomas Gibbs who wrote his piece, Chorales, in 2016 for our Conductor, Robert Roscoe, as a gift for his 70th Birthday. We will also be playing pieces by renown American composers Richard Saucedo, Samuel Hazo and Eric Whitacre, whose work 'Cloudburst' requires some audience participation, and a suite for Wind Band by the British composer Daniel Basford.

This concert is dedicated to the memory of Ian Hulin who was a member of our flute section from 2001 until his death in 2015. He made several arrangements for Beenham Wind Orchestra and we will be playing two movements from his arrangement of Monteverdi's Vespers 1610. 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Christmas Concert

Friday 16th December

Beenham School Hall

Join us to sing carols accompanied by Beenham Wind Orchestra,  drink mulled wine, eat mince pies and hear some well-loved Christmas music.

This concert is free but there will be a raffle for a home-made Christmas Cake and if you would like to make a donation, this year we are collecting for the Duchess of Kent Hospice, a Sue Ryder centre.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Cartoon Capers

Saturday 15th October 7.30pm

Beenham Wind Orchestra invites you to “Be Our Guest” “On a Dark Night” to stay “One Jump Ahead” of the crowd. Bring along the “Bear Necessities” and maybe “A Friend Like Me” to experience “A Whole New World” of “Looney Tunes”. “For the First Time in Forever” you can catch the “Pink Panther” and witness “Colonel Hathi’s March”. Even though “The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down”, you can “Let it Go” and “Be Prepared” for the “Baby Elephant Walk”. So why not join “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin” and the “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” for a magical evening of “Cartoon” music.

This concert will be held at St Mary’s Church, Thatcham, RG19 3PN

and is part of Thatcham Festival of the Arts

Ticket prices £10 in Advance, £12 on the door
Under 18s £2
From Band members, Lily's Boutique, Kingsland Centre, Thatcham

Thursday, September 8, 2016

St Mary's Mortimer

A programme of well known and well loved pieces including 'The Pink Panther' and 'Moon River', some memories from WW2, a tribute to Louis Armstrong and medleys from those great musicals  
'South Pacific' and 'West Side Story'. 

Stratfield Mortimer: St Mary the Virgin : The Street, Stratfield Mortimer, Berkshire, RG7 3NU

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Reviews from 2016 Fete Performances

Letter of Thanks from Englefield Flower Show 

I attach a letter of sincere thanks to you and the orchestra for the huge contribution you made to the success of our flower show - yet again!.
We are truly grateful that you were able to assemble the orchestra at a time of summer holidays for many and we thoroughly enjoyed a superb and highly approriate programme of toe tapping music.

12 August 2016 

Thank you and all your wind orchestra members so much for playing again at the Englefield Flower Show this year. The orchestra makes an enormous contribution to the event and you create a wonderful atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.

It has become a tradition that we seem to have incredible luck with the weather and this year was even more remarkable given the miserable May and June.  The wet spring and cloudy early summer could be one reason for the relatively low number of entries we had for the show categories, with the exception of the children’s classes. The committee is looking for fresh solutions to the problem in good time for the 2017 show.

 Never the less attendance on the day was again good and our treasurer says that the receipts on most of the stalls were up compared to last year which will all help to produce next year's show.  Certainly the atmosphere in the glorious sunshine with the orchestra playing and the crowd strolling around had all the hallmarks of a classic village fayre and everyone seemed to have a good time.

So many thanks for all you do for us and I hope you will be available to play again next year.  Please do let me have any comments or improvements you think we could make and I will pass them on.

All Best wishes,

Chris Gittins
Englefield Flower Show

Padworth & Aldermaston Wharf Craft & Produce Show

21 July 2016

Thank you for your beautiful music on Saturday, I have heard nothing but positive feedback regarding your Beenham Wind Orchestra, congratulations.
Please thank your very clever, talented and beautiful sounding team.  The music was perfect.
Thank you 
Jenny Lacon

Phyllis Court Members Club - Henley Regatta

3 July 2016

Please pass on our thanks for the wonderful entertainment you gave to our members and their guests. It really added to the atmosphere at the Club.

Michelle White
Membership Manager

Saturday, April 2, 2016

A few comments about the Concert

  • We thoroughly enjoyed the concert on Saturday evening and very much appreciated our prize tickets (and the unexpected bonus of a complimentary glass of wine each!).  Please do pass on our grateful thanks to those concerned. The programme was such a delightful mix of music, much of it new to us.  The piece incorporating tuned wine bottles was great fun and I particularly enjoyed the opening piece - Phillip Sparke's "Concert Prelude" - which was really spine-tingling.  The blend of instruments and the standard of skills you have now in the orchestra produces an amazing sound and we are so lucky to be able to enjoy music of this calibre in our own locality.                                                                                                   Dianne Rogers - Competition Winner October Concert

  • Great concert last night, we both enjoyed ourselves as did the people we brought along.     Band Member

  • Please accept many thanks from my wife, Penee, and I for inviting us to your superb concert last Saturday at Thatcham.We both thoroughly enjoyed the selection of music and the excellent playing by your Orchestra. 

          What talented group of musicians. 
          Councillor Keith Chopping