Back in June the National Trust hosted a wonderful afternoon of music in the beautiful setting of Flatford, with West Bergholt Concert Band & Training Band filling Constable Country with musical sounds from Films, Musicals, The Big Bands and pieces to commemorate DDay 75. The combination of a beautiful summer's day and the success of the band's prior concerts at Flatford resulted in a large audience, many of whom peeked in and then chose to stay for the whole afternoon.
The band then returned to St Luke's in Tiptree for "A Night At The Movies", a wonderful concert which saw a packed church treated to music from over 80 years of films. Particular highlights were the beautifully delicate Intermezzo Sinfonico (from Raging Bull & The Godfather) and selections from Disney's Lion King and Beauty And The Beast. The evening also featured impressive solos from some of the band's young musicians who are sadly leaving either for University, the Armed services or the Royal Academy of Music. One of the parents of a departing musician thanked the band for all they've done, saying "I can't express just how important the band has been in my son's musical development".
As well as saying farewell to some of the band's talented young players, the concert also celebrated a very special occasion – exactly 25 years since the band's conductor first took over the baton. After the band presented him with a selection of gifts to mark the occasion, the surprised and visibly emotional conductor lead the band through the band's signature tune Dixie Patrol, which was selected by the band's late founder Sid Cooper.
Having lost a number of young players to pastures new, the band will be looking for some young(er) members to replace them. There's no audition to join the band – Brass & Woodwind players are instead invited to come and try the band either at the first Autumn rehearsal at Heathlands School on September 6th, or at the special "Come And Try" nights on September 13th or 20th. Details are on the band's excellent website www.wbcb.org, or you can email the Conductor on Conductor@wbcb.org or phone Graham on 07941 947541. Our Training Band (6pm-7pm) is perfect for Grades 1-4, and our Concert Band (7pm-9pm ) for Grade 4 and above.
Hopefully we've persuaded you or your budding young musician to come and join us…we've got some great music next term, and our ethos is to play fun music in a fun environment. We hope to see you soon.