The band's events for 2017 started with a "Bach to the Beach Boys" concert at Clacton's West Cliff Theatre, which raised over £1,000 for St Helena Hospice and was hailed as one of the band's best ever performances. The band's association with the West Cliff goes back over 30 years, and we've played many memorable concerts there, so we'll be returning next year for the band's 40th anniversary.
Our summer term started with an open rehearsal, where brass and woodwind musicians of all ages were welcomed to band for the first time and made to feel at ease and at home by our experienced players. After that we'll be heading to Gt Horkesley for our first primary school workshop of the year, which continue to be an incredibly fun way for us to encourage tomorrow's musicians whilst hopefully recruiting some youngsters to help maintain the band's balance of musicians of all ages. Our first concert of the summer sees us return to Flatford for a "Music by the Mill" concert on Sunday 11th June at 2:30pm, featuring music from Disney, the Big Bands, the Beach Boys, South Pacific and more. We first performed there last summer as part of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations, and despite some rather damp weather we all had such an enjoyable afternoon that we were immediately invited back. I'm told this year it'll be a beautifully sunny day (purely on the laws of averages), so pack a picnic blanket and come and enjoy both the music and the beautiful Flatford setting.
After that we've been invited back to Tiptree's St Luke's Church for a July concert, having played a wonderful concert there last summer to a packed Church and impressed the church with the number of young musicians in the band. The programme includes music from Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber, the Big Bands, Holst, Disney, A-Ha, Chicago (the band) and more. It's a lovely venue with a big acoustic and some great music, so hopefully we can tempt you to come along on Saturday July 15th at 7:30pm.
As ever the band continues to welcome woodwind and brass players of all ages and abilities, so if you're interested in joining, or know anyone who is, we'll be very happy to see you at any of our Friday rehearsals. Everything you need to know about the band is on our website www.wbcb.org, including submissions to the village bulletin that don't quite make it in, or you can call or email Graham on 01206 824157 or Graham@wbcb.org.