17 June 2017: Beech Hill Concert Band in Newbury (updated)

St John's Church Newbury

The Beech Hill Concert Band

Date: 17 June 2017

Venue: St John’s Church, Newbury

St John’s Rd, Newbury RG14 7PY

Performance at 7.30pm

 

On 17 June, the Beech Hill Concert Band will be playing at St John the Evangelist in Newbury, with the following programme:

  • Fanfare and Soliloquy – Trevor Sharpe
  • Poet and Peasant – Franz von Suppé
  • Waltz No. 2 – Dmitri Shostakovich, Arr. Johan de Meij
  • Three Spanish Dances for Oboe and Concert Band – Philip Lane Arr. Paul Noble

  • Cartoon – Paul Hart

INTERVAL

  • Broadway Show-stoppers Overture – Arr. Warren Barker
  • Metroplex: Three Postcards from Manhattan – Robert Sheldon
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – Freddie Mercury Arr. Philip Sparke
  • Berlin Rag – Timothy Blinko
  • Beyond the Summit – Brian Balmages

St John the EvangelistNow, I’ve put the Three Spanish Dances in a block quote because the soloist is me. Yes! These dances were originally written for oboe and small orchestra, but we’ll be performing an arrangement for concert band. The composer is Philip Lane and you can read about him here. It will be ten and a half minutes of terror for me, but if I’m going to attempt a performance diploma next year, I need to play in public as much as possible to harden my nerves into steel. And it’d be handy to have lips of steel too.

17 June 2017: Beech Hill Concert Band in Newbury (updated)

St John's Church Newbury

The Beech Hill Concert Band

Date: 17 June 2017

Venue: St John’s Church, Newbury

St John’s Rd, Newbury RG14 7PY

Performance at 7.30pm

 

On 17 June, the Beech Hill Concert Band will be playing at St John the Evangelist in Newbury, with the following programme:

  • Fanfare and Soliloquy – Trevor Sharpe
  • Poet and Peasant – Franz von Suppé
  • Waltz No. 2 – Dmitri Shostakovich, Arr. Johan de Meij
  • Three Spanish Dances for Oboe and Concert Band – Philip Lane Arr. Paul Noble

  • Cartoon – Paul Hart

INTERVAL

  • Broadway Show-stoppers Overture – Arr. Warren Barker
  • Metroplex: Three Postcards from Manhattan – Robert Sheldon
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – Freddie Mercury Arr. Philip Sparke
  • Berlin Rag – Timothy Blinko
  • Beyond the Summit – Brian Balmages

St John the EvangelistNow, I’ve put the Three Spanish Dances in a block quote because the soloist is me. Yes! These dances were originally written for oboe and small orchestra, but we’ll be performing an arrangement for concert band. The composer is Philip Lane and you can read about him here. It will be ten and a half minutes of terror for me, but if I’m going to attempt a performance diploma next year, I need to play in public as much as possible to harden my nerves into steel. And it’d be handy to have lips of steel too.

30 April and 7 May 2016: The Beech Hill Concert Band

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Beech Hill Concert Band performs for charity and we’re looking forward to two lively performances in aid of Christian Aid and Age Concern.  We hope you will join us…

Christian Aid Fundraising Concert

Date: 30th April at 3pm 

Venue: St John’s Church, St John’s Rd, Newbury RG14 7PY.

Tickets: £8 From Church Reps or on the door.  Wine and fruit juice available at the interval for a donation.

We’re told there is plenty of parking in nearby streets. 

Age Concern Bracknell Forest and the Beech Hill Band Fundraising Concert

Date: 7th May 2016 at 7pm 

Venue: St Michael and Mary Magdalene Church (Crowthorne Rd, Bracknell, RG12 7ER) 

Tickets: £15 including entertainment, cheese and wine

How to book tickets and directions are here:

http://www.berkshireeventsguide.co.uk/events/age-concern-bracknell-forest-and-the-beech-hill-band-fundraising-concert/

There is plenty of parking behind the church.

 

For those of you who love to know the music – here’s the programme….

Thunder and Blazes – Julius Fucik arr Gerald Gardner
The Cowboys – John Williams arr. Jim Curnow
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child – Bill Charleson
Michel Legrand in Concert – Michel Legrand, Marilyn & Alan Bergman; arr Ian Polster
O Magnum Mysterium – Morten Lauridsen transcribed by H. Robert Reynolds
Scarborough Fair – Calvin Custer

INTERVAL

Invictus
Harry Potter – John Williams; Arr.  Robert W. Smith
Imagine – arr. Takashi Hoshide
Mack and Mabel
When you wish Upon a Star – Leigh Harline; arr Sammy Nestico
Gaelforce – Peter Graham

 

10th May 2014 – Beech Hill Concert Band, Last Night of the Proms at Sherfield Park

10th May 2014 at 7.30pm

The Beech Hill Concert Band will give a Last Night of the Proms concert at Sherfield Park, near Basingstoke. I’ve pasted some details from their website below:

The band was formed in the late 1990s by a group of professional, semi-professional and amateur musicians, mainly from the Reading area, to give them the opportunity to play music in rehearsal and at concerts they would not play in their everyday music environment.

It was also decided to give concerts free of charge for the benefit of local charities. In this they have been very successful, giving many concerts and raising thousands of pounds.

The founding musical director was Mr Colin Ridgers.  In 2004, Mr Anthony Wythe ARCM took over the Musical Directorship and the band now has members from the Basingstoke and Maidenhead area as well as Reading.

The name of the band was taken from the fact that when the band needed a rehearsal room the village hall in Beech Hill ( a small village near Stratfield Saye) was suitable and not too expensive to hire.

The Beech Hill Concert Band is a totally independent organisation that does not receive grants or outside funding and is mainly dedicated to performing concerts for charitable purposes.

Provisional Programme:

  • Ravenswood
  • Zampa
  • American in Paris
  • 2 vocal numbers (tbc)
  • Broadway Showstoppers
  • Brass Fever
  • Orpheus in the Underworld

*Interval*

  • Jubilee Overture
  • Michelle March
  • 2 vocal numbers (tbc)
  • Cheek to Cheek
  • Leroy Anderson Portrait
  • Fantasia on British Sea Songs & Rule Britannia
  • Jerusalem
  • Pomp and Circumstance No. 2

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