West Bergholt Concert & Training Band wrapped up their 40th anniversary celebrations with a wonderful concert of Christmas music in St Botolph's Church, raising money for East Anglia's Childrens Hospices. Despite having played at St Botolph's many times it was our first ever Christmas concert there and proved to be an absolute treat. The band sounded fabulous playing an eclectic programme ranging from Viennese Waltzes to Mariah Carey, and when the audience joined in with the carols the sound and atmosphere was simply magical. I imagine we'll be returning for another Christmas concert there as soon as we can get booked in.
As is now traditional, our 2019 concerts start at Clacton's West Cliff Theatre, a venue with which we have a long and happy association. This year's concert (on Sunday 17th March at 3pm) features music from Mary Poppins, Sousa, Carpenters, Lehar, the Big Bands, Tony Bennett, The Sound of Music, and more, including a selection of wartime songs to mark 80 years since the start of WWII. We always have a wonderful afternoon at the West Cliff with a really fun audience and atmosphere, so come along to enjoy some great music and help us raise money for Parkinson's UK.
After that our summer concerts start with a return to Flatford on Sunday June 9th at 2:30pm for more "Music by the Mill". All of our concerts have a light-hearted and easy-listening feel, but the beautiful setting (and hopefully weather) at Flatford makes this concert an especially chilled afternoon. We're then back at St Luke's in Tiptree in July for a concert titled "That's Entertainment – Music from Movies & Musicals", and in November return to St Botolph's for a concert titled "The Great Composers"…with music from Beethoven, Mozart, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin and Lennon & McCartney among others.
Hopefully we can tempt you to come along to one of our concerts this year or even better you can come and join us – new players are always welcome! If you didn't manage to catch any of our 40th celebrations then don't worry – we've got more celebrations this year. Our longest serving band member is marking 40 years with the band, and our conductor is celebrating (?!) 25 years since taking over sole conducting duties…that's over 900 rehearsals, approx. 120 concerts, plus over 50 of these bulletin entries stored on his computer.