Sunday, November 29, 2015

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Concert Competition

We are very please to announce that Dianne Rogers is the winner of the competition to match the raffle prizes to our programme of music. We hope you can take advantage of your prize of 2 tickets for our next concert on March 19th 2016.

The answers were

The Beer - Jurassic ParK
The Rum - Pirates of the Caribbean
The Baking Book - Hollywood Milestones   (author, Paul Hollywood!)
Tin of Biscuits - Frozen  (picture on the tin)
Cinema Voucher - Star Wars

For those of you who attempted to 'name that tune' in the Hollywood Milestones Medley...

Love Story
Star Trek
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Chariots of Fire
Back to the Future
Beauty and the Beast
Jurassic Park
Forrest Gump
Apollo 13
and.....E.T. again

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Autumn Concert 2015

Music from the Movies

A concert show-casing the film music of 

John Williams

Saturday 10th October, 7.30pm,St Mary's Church, Thatcham
Conductor: Robert Roscoe

To include music from Star Wars, Jurassic Park, War Horse
Superman and Harry Potter along with some other film favourites,
Frozen, Pirates of the Caribbean and a bit of James Bond of course.

Featuring violinist Maxime Morise, playing the hauntingly beautiful theme from Schindler's List.

Scroll down to read about our Soloist, Maxime Morise

Tickets are £10 and £8 in advance, £12 and £10 on the door, U18s £2, available from Orchestra members, Lilys Boutique,in the Kingsland Centre, Thatcham and online using the link below. 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Maxime Morise

Maxime Morise is a French violinist studying at the Royal College of Music under the tuition of Radu Blidar, whilst also continuing his studies of the last 5 years with Richard Schmoucler, the founder of the Sirba Octet, in France.
He began playing the violin at the age of 4, and found early success as a soloist when invited to perform on “Qui est Qui?”, a program broadcasted nationally by France 2.
Maxime moved to London in 2014 after gaining the “Diplôme d'Etudes Musicales” from the CRR in Rueil Malmaison, and also studied at the CRR in Boulogne in the class of Chrisophe Poiget where he completed the “Cycle d'Orientation Professionnelle”.

Maxime has performed internationally as both a soloist and chamber musician in such locations as Italy and Santa Barbara USA, and was also asked to perform for the official reception of the French Ambassador to Rome at the Palais Farnèse in 2013, playing a varied program of Mozart and Edith Piaf. Indeed, Maxime enjoys a variety of musical styles; in 2013 he performed as a guest soloist with the French pop group “les Poppys”.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Tour of Belgium 2015

A short record of Beenham Wind Orchestra's Tour in May 2015. We stayed in a very welcoming hotel on Blankenberge and played concerts in Bruges, Ypres, where we attended the Menin Gate ceremony but didn't play this time, and De Panne, which didn't quite work out as planned but we received wonderful hospitality from the town.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Spring Concert

Winds in Time 2

Great Music from Great Composers

The second in our series of concerts exploring the history of Wind Band music from 
1900 to 1950

St Mary's Church, Thatcham

Saturday 14th March, 7.30pm

Our programme for this concert includes two of the very best pieces written for Wind Band in the early 1900s. Percy Grainger's masterpiece, Lincolnshire Posy, a collection of folk songs collected by the composer and dedicated  to " the old folksingers who sang so sweetly to me" whose musical portraits he conveys in his arrangements and Suite of Old American Dances by Robert Russell Bennett, one of America's greatest Broadway composers and arrangers. This is a fun collection of rag time pieces inspired by the tunes heard in the dance hall of 'Electric Park' in 1940's Kansas City.
Of course we have to include works by Holst and Vaughan Williams, great composers who, as well as writing beautiful pieces for Orchestras, also wrote pieces that are played by Wind Bands all over the world today.

Tickets in advance £10 (Concessions £8, U18s £2)
On the door £12 (or £10 and £2 respectively)
Or from, Lily' s Boutique in Thatcham, Orchestra members or contact Gay Spackman 0118 9712575

Special offer for Concert Virgins: We really love our music and reckon that the sights and sounds of a real live wind orchestra are something to behold. To encourage people who’ve never been to one of our concerts before, we’ve set up our Concert Virgin scheme, offering free tickets to first-timers to our concerts. For more information on how to obtain your free tickets, please contact Gay.