The band continued their 40th anniversary celebrations with a fabulous "40 Years Of Music" concert at St Botolph's Church, featuring an eclectic programme of music spanning the band's long history and ranging from Mozart to Ed Sheeran. Concert Band & Training Band both played fantastically well – I've certainly never heard them sound better – so we most certainly did our founder Sid Cooper proud. The evening also celebrated Sid's legacy of inspiring young musicians, so we were delighted to be joined by young musicians from schools Sid taught in as well as some past members, with the massed band finale featuring over 70 musicians being an unforgettable highlight of the evening.
Prior to that we enjoyed another wonderful afternoon's concert at Flatford, with the combination of the historic setting, a wonderful audience, warm weather and great music culminating in a lovely atmosphere and a really fun event. Don't worry if you missed it – we've already fixed the date for next year. Hopefully the weather will be as kind for our next outdoors performance - having enjoyed playing at the village fete last year (for the first time in about 25 years !) we're delighted to be bringing a small band along again this year…so hopefully we'll see you there.
Our next formal concert is on November 17th, and marks our official 40th anniversary, as the band started on a dark November evening at Heathlands with a mere 6 players. The concert will feature some of the current band's favourite pieces, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Moon River, Stevie Wonder and a selection of Disney tunes, plus some old favourites including Les Miserables and Luftwaffe March. The concert is in one of the loveliest venues we play in, the beautiful St Peter ad Vincula Church in Coggeshall, and we'd love to have some of our village supporters join us for this celebration.
As always this time of year means we lose a few players to University, so new players are especially welcome to come along to any of our Friday rehearsals at Heathlands (rehearsals start on Friday 7th September) or to our next open evening on Friday 21st September at Heathlands. Everything you need to know about the band (including details of all our events and how to join us) is on this website or you can email Conductor@wbcb.org or call Graham on 07941 947541. We look forward to seeing you at some of our events this autumn !