Friday, July 31, 2009

2009 Annual Report

BEENHAM BAND Report of the Committee for the year ended 31 July 2009
Registered Charity – number 1087848

Simon Witcomb - Chairman, Ian Hulin – Secretary, Fiona Benjamin - Treasurer, Eleanor Brooks, Lynne Ellis, Jean Rollinson

Librarian - Ann Moore Publicity team - Alyse Ashton, Anne Laney and Trevor Holloway

We are very fortunate to have Robert Roscoe as our conductor.

Constitution and object
The band is a registered charity, and its constitution is available to all members. The object of the band is to advance the education of the public by raising the aesthetic taste through the performance of music.

Membership and rehearsals
We have had 42 paying members during the year. We rehearsed every Friday during term time from 7.30pm to 9.45pm in Beenham School Hall.

Sadly, two of our members, Jose Marshall and Jannette MacPherson, died from cancer during the year. They were both enthusiastic long term members of the band, and we miss them.

A copy of the accounts for the year to 31 July 2009 is attached. The band made a loss of £988. This was partly due to the higher than usual expenditure on new music and higher expenses from concerts. The balance to carry forward to 2009/10 is £1,103. Subscriptions were £85 for the year or £30 per term. Being a charity, we are able to recover income tax on subscriptions.

We are building a library of music pieces written specifically for wind band together with arrangements of popular tunes and marches, music from shows and films, and light classical music. We have now commissioned and performed three pieces composed for us.

Performances and events
21 September 2008 Cold Ash Play Day
23 November 2008 Concert in the Falklands Chapel, Pangbourne College
14 December 2008 Christmas concert
6 December 2008 Christmas Dinner in the Six Bells
17 December 2008 Carols round the village
19 December 2008 Christmas concert
23 December 2008 Carols in Woolhampton
6 June 2009 Beenham Church
20 June 2009 Corn Exchange concert
3 July 2009 Concert on the Rec
5 July 2009 Forbury Gardens, Reading
25 July 2009 Englefield Flower Show

Main concerts
The November concert in the Falklands Chapel was in conjunction with Engelfield Primary School, who joined us in Oliver! and also sang to us. This was a wonderful occasion and one we hope to repeat.

Our Corn Exchange concert in June, celebrated our first 10 years as a wind band. The programme included Carmina Burana, Carnival of Venice (with Torbj√∂rn Hultmark on cornet) and the world premiere of “Jubilation”, which the band commissioned from Lloyd Coleman, a student at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.

Thankfully, we picked a dry evening for our July concert on the Rec in Beenham, after two wet years. Several hundred villagers sat out in their deckchairs with picnics, and enjoyed a wide selection of music, as well as a BBQ and beer.

Marketing and publicity
Our marketing and publicity have improved considerably during the year. The website is a great success, and all members of the band have been mobilised to put up posters, and promote concerts.

Our main aim is to ensure that members enjoy making good music, whilst meeting our charitable objective.

Simon Witcomb – Chairman 25 August 2009

2009 Accounts

Beenham Band
Income and Expenditure Account
For the Year Ended 31 July 2009






911Tax refund on subscriptions771781
4,591Sub total3,8863,991
2,500Concert income2,6523,083
500Fees received410580


100Coffee money and raffle109115
-Sale of scarves, bow ties etc-59
40Sale of CDs36155
7,741Total income8,3748,784


500Music purchased4911,017
450Room hire425380
3,500Conductor's fees3,4853,055
4,450Sub total4,4014,452
2,500Concert expenses3,4354,745
-Commissioned music1,000-
-Social events - net-29
90Making Music (NFMS)8782
50Web site and photos etc7-
250Postage, stationery and copying208330
7,490Total expenditure9,3629,776

251Excess of income over expenditure for the year(988)(992)

1,103Balance brought forward2,0913,083

1,354Balance carried forward1,1032,091

Represented by:

Balance at bank1,8971,022

Deposit account-1,500

Cash in hand1940





  1. The band was formed in September 1999, and was granted charitable status on 3 August 2001. Its registered number is 1087848

  2. Expenditure on instruments and music is written off in the year in which it is incurred. A list of instruments and the cost of music owned by the band is attached.

  3. Greenham Common Trust have loaned the band a baritone saxophone for an unlimited period.


This income and expenditure account was approved by the Committee on 25 August 2009.

Simon Witcomb - Chairman
Fiona Benjamin - Treasurer

Independent Examiner's report

I have examined the records and vouchers of the Beenham Band for the year ended 31 July 2009, and certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, this Income and Expenditure account reflects the transactions for the year.

Gillian Down BSc ACA
Independent Examiner:
21 September 2009

Monday, July 27, 2009

Beenham Band at the Rec 17 July 2009

This year's end of year concert on the recreation ground at Beenham was a little earlier than usual so that we could fit it in before our conductor Robert Roscoe headed off for a well earned holiday in the Antipodes. What a great idea that was - so nice to play in fine weather (unlike the downpour of last year!) and watch our audience enjoying relaxing in their outdoor chairs.

Here are a few comments and ideas from our audience:

"We think they are brilliant" (Mr & Mrs Breslin)
"A good wide repertoire" (G & S Dunsford)
"Keep it going. Fantastic!" (P Leijten)
"Absolutely wonderful" (A Jarman)
"Love the band on the Rec and the Carol evening. Why not do a concert at Beenham School in Spring or Autumn and have children singing?" (J Humphreys)
"Great night" (R Ilott)

and the winner of the prize draw for 2 FREE tickets to our major concert in 2010 was Mr M Barham. Congratulations to him.

Monday, July 6, 2009

The Forbury - 5 July 2009

A chap came up to Graham Shipp after the event and said, 'How come you have such a great band from such a small village as Beenham?' Graham said that we were so lucky to have Robert Roscoe as our Director and that this was a major factor in this. Then he realized what a tremendous compliment we had just been paid...!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Band on the Rec 2009

As I drove along the lane through Beenham on Friday evening, I passed quite a few people on foot, walking quickly in the same direction, and holding onto children, blankets, and other oddments.

Not refugees, it turned out, but pilgrims. Drawn by the lure of Beenham Band's annual extravaganza, Band on the Rec.

When I arrived at the Rec there was already a fair sized crowd, but it was to swell quite a bit more as time went on.

Luckily, this year we were not rained on. Indeed, it was perfect weather for a spot of banding, because the skies cleared and freshened, letting us play comfortably in good light, sustained by beer and Pimms, while our listeners lolled comfortably on their blankets and garden chairs, sustained by their picnics, until we closed at 9.30 pm.

I don't know for sure which music was most appreciated, but Pirates of the Caribbean, The Stripper, Dambusters, Hootenanny, the Muppets, Grease, and Copacabana seemed to score highly.

Look forward to seeing you at the Rec next year.

(Thanks to Clara Morsley for the photos - please click to enlarge)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Review of the Corn Exchange concert - 20 June 2009

Bravo Beenham

Beenham Band’s first decade was celebrated by a large and appreciative Corn Exchange audience. Beginning with a ‘Flourish’, a fanfare written by Vaughan Williams, this set the tone for the commissioned work ‘Jubilation’ by the 16 year old Lloyd Coleman, a student at Chetham’s School of Music. This young clarinettist is a member of NYO and winner of the BBC Proms Young Composers’ Competition. The band rose to the technical demands of the swift style changes and complex metre.

Now came the turn of their principal conductor, Robert Roscoe. ‘Gallimaufry’ as its name suggests is a ‘jumble’ of musical material put together from Henry IV plays by Guy Woolfenden, RSC Director of Music for many years. It had the feel of early music featuring double reeds, percussion ostinatos and a lively xylophone display.

In the same vein, ‘New Baroque Suite’ was baroque in structure but with a jazzy twist. Particularly enjoyable were solos from the trumpet and soprano saxophone.

The ‘tour de force’ came in the performance from Swedish born Torbjorn Hultmark, a local professional musician, teacher and composer. ‘Variations sur Le Carnaval de Venise’ was composed in the mid 19th century by Jean Baptiste Arban and this wind band version was arranged by Torbjorn himself. Arban was a virtuoso cornet player and wrote this as a technical display. To begin we were treated to a sensitively and lyrically moulded melody. Each variation built increasing displays of musical athleticism executed with accuracy and style. A stunning performance.

From Venice we move to Paris for ‘Sketches’ by Martin Ellerby. Notable was the 3rd movement reminiscent of Satie’s ‘Gymnopedie’. Then across the Atlantic to New York with Bernstein’s ‘West Side Story ‘Selection. Gloriously self-indulgent with luscious tunes like ‘Maria’ and ‘Tonight’.

The evening ended dramatically with a Wind Band version of Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’ arranged by Krance. The brassy drive in ‘O Fortuna’ contrasted the delicately phrased solo oboe in ‘Dulcissime’. The strain of this demanding work showed in some rhythmic instability despite Roscoe’s clear beat and cues.

What a credit to all those responsible for Beenham Band’s first 10 years.

Judith Cooper June 20,2009

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Beenham School PTFA

Thank you for joining Beenham School on Friday for our Carnival BBQ. I wasn't there myself but I hear that the event was a success and that we made approximately £1,800 for the school, AND IT DID NOT RAIN!!!!!

Can you pass on a thank you to all of the band, your participation in the event was appreciated by everyone.

Lorna Hadman