Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Dancing In The Aisles

What a good sound from the Wind Orchestra at St Nick's! The church took the music so well, helping bring out the varied tones and dynamics.

It was a pleasant programme with some contrasting pieces, including, for example, Gorb's dazzling Eine Kleine Walzermusik, and Grainger's smooth Faeroe Island Dance, both for full band, against Little Threepenny Music, Weill's arrangement for wind ensemble of his The Threepenny Opera.

Lesley McEwen introduced the music, proving a clear and informative compere, and we enjoyed sustained solo performances from trumpeter Simon Witcomb in Song and Dance (Sparke, arr. Brand), and from saxophonist Victoria Benjamin as Josh Ruddock danced in the aisles in Riverdance (Whelan arr. Barker).

A few more photos of the concert at St Nicolas Church (click for larger image).

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Concert at St Nicolas Church, Newbury

The Band, sorry...Wind Orchestra at St Nicolas Church.
We should have thanked Eleanor for organising the venue, Ros Witcomb and Tim Skinner for the interval refreshments and my husband for operating the microphone (and taking these pictures)
I think, after 11 years we have almost sorted out how to organise a concert....almost

Beenham Wind Orchestra's first concert at St Nicolas Church, Newbury and the first concert under its new name.
The Threepenny Opera ensemble
Riverdance soloists Victoria Benjamin on soprano sax and dancer Josh Ruddock

Friday, March 4, 2011


Song and Dance - 7.30pm in St Nicolas Church Newbury RG14 5HG

Big Top by Robert Jager
Colonial Song by Percy Aldridge Granger
Faeroe Island Dance by Percy Aldridge Granger
Song and Dance Philip Sparke (arrangement Geoffrey Brand)
Little Threepenny Music original orchestration by Kurt Weil
Eine Kleine Walzermusik by Adam Gorb (commissioned by the MTU Blaserensemble)
Medley from Miss Saigon by Claude Michel Schönberg (arrangement Warren Barker)
Riverdance by Bill Whelan (arrangement Carl Strommen) - dancing by Josh Ruddock

Ticket are available on the door and from
Full price £8
Senior citizens and concessions £6
Under 18s £2