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Saturday 19th March 2011

 

Reservist's Night 2011

The first major engagement of the 125th Anniversary year was our annual open rehearsal and band reservist's night. This year it was combined with the launch of our new CD - Joy Through the Ages - and yet again the attendance was increased from previous years with many people coming along to hear the programme. This included the usual mixture of music old and new that is being added to our repertoire for this year and, of course, a couple of items that are featured on the CD itself - including the title track.

Everyone enjoyed the music, the fellowship and, of course, the buffet afterwards and many thanks must go to all who organised such a fine evening.

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Friday 11th March 2011

 

Staff Band Coming

Plans are well under way for the bank holiday weekend at the end of May when we will host the Chicago Staff Band as part of their UK tour leading up to the ISB 120 Celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall. Tickets will be £10 in the gallery and £8 downstairs and are available from Derek Kittle (phone 01202 420410). This will be the only opportunity to hear the band in concert in this area, so please get your tickets as soon as you can.

 

Tuesday 8th March 2011

 

Upcoming Tour

The band are already beginning to look forward to their scandinavian tour and it is good to see that the anticipation is also building in the venues that we will visit. The tour pages will include detail as it becomes available. Our first venue in Norway is Askim and there is already a mention on the website of the Askim menighet which is where the concert will be held.

We also share an entry with Black Dyke Band on Berit's blog. For those not so familiar with Norwegian here is an approximate translation.

 

Friday 11th February 2011

 

Joy Through The Ages

Our new CD - Joy Through the Ages - will be released next month - the planned date is March 17th which is the date of our annual open evening. This recording celebrates 125 years of Boscombe Band and features music associated with the history of the band alongside modern repertoire including a premiere recording of a brand new composition from our Bandmaster from which the CD takes its title. Full details of the tracks can be found on the linked page as well as the opportunity to order the CD.

The order form also includes details of some special offers on our CDs.

 

Sunday 6th February 2011

 

Staines Songsters

The Band's first engagement of the year (apart from our very important 'day job' at the normal sunday meetings and openairs of course) was on Saturday evening supporting the Staines songster brigade on their visit to Boscombe. This was a 'return visit' with Boscombe songsters having previously visited the Staines Corps. It was a great evening with excellent items by the brigade and by an impressive array of soloists. All who attended must have found something just for them personally.

The Band marched the songsters in with Goldcrest which appropriately set the theme of the evening - 'Life is a Song' - that being the chorus that James Anderson features in the trio of the march. In introducing the first band contribution the songster leader (Samantha Turner) informed the audience that (alongside Wham) Boscombe Band were "the sound of her childhood" - so we had plenty to live up to as we played James Curnow's arrangement of Procession of Nobles from Rimsky-Korsakov's opera 'Mlada'.

In the second part of the programme the band accompanied the Boscombe timbrellists in Let there be Praise and also played Ken Downie's marvellous arrangement of Myfanwy. This was followed by the haunting May it Be sung by some of the songsters and together these two items set a wonderful atmosphere for the scripture thought.

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