Past Performances


Carols at St Pancras

Fri, 17 Dec 2021
The Eurostar queue stretched out of the station and down the road to the British Library as members of the Bloomsbury Band, with the odd addition from BWE, played a programme of seasonal music to entertain passengers at St Pancras Station.

The programme included familiar Christmas carols as well as
• Quand je Bois,
• Gaudete,
• Winter Wonderland and
• Wassail, a new arrangement of traditional tunes by Roger Cawkwell.

The aim was to have some fun while raising money for the Meningitis Research Foundation. The event raised £300.


 

While we were out ...

Sat, 4 Dec 2021

The Bloomsbury Band of Flutes and Clarinets was delighted to welcome a live audience for its first indoor concert for nearly two years.

The programme reflected a defiantly busy and innovative time for the Band and included works by Mozart, Berlioz and, in a major step forward, by several members of Bloomsbury Band themselves. 

The programme is summarised below. All the full Band items in this evening’s concert have been commissioned or created by The Bloomsbury Band of Flutes and Clarinets:

* all single starred items have been composed or arranged by members of the Bloomsbury Band of Flutes and Clarinets;

** All double-starred items are live concert premieres this evening.

Overture from The Magic Flute  Mozart. arr. Roger Cawkwell
Leave her Johnny Trad. arr. Sarah Beardon *
CollaBBorate Members of Bloomsbury Band: Katie Mason / Helena Ahlfors / Sarah Beardon / Grace Dargan / Alison Henning / Mathilde de Kerangal / Erica Masala / Sam Trillwood / Chris Woodroofe. 
 Divertimento from 'Cosi fan tutte'  Mozart, performed by The Baker Street Trio
 Chris in Composition ** Chris Woodroofe *
Rise Again ** David Morris *
Three Movements from Les Nuits d’Ete:
L’Ile Inconnue; Absence; Villanelle **
Berlioz arr. Roger Cawkwell Soprano: Sophie Hopkins
Voi Che Sapete from The Magic Flute ** Mozart arr. David Morris * Soprano: Sophie Hopkins
Wildwood Waltz ** David Morris *
Water Mathilde de Kerangal *
Back Again ** David Morris *

Chris in Composition and Rise Again both employed composed and prerecorded heavy percussion backing tracks played over the PA system.  


Quotations

Sat, 27 Nov 2021
This Shea's  last concert with BWE. The BWE concert featured music inspired by quotations from great countries, cities and literary works. 
Applause for Shea and BWE at the end of the concert

The jewel in the crown of the programme was the world premiere of Mozart's Pets - a new work by Judith Bingham commissioned by BWE. The link takes you to a recording of our performance of this work which offers an evocation of the final days of the composer as sensed by his animals. The piece depticts the poignant moment of Mozart's death with the final monologue being left to the canary - as realised by a solo flute.
 

Programme:

Adam Gorb Bohemian Revelry  

Keiron Anderson Alice in Wonderland  

Judith Bingham OBE Mozart’s Pets 

INTERVAL 

Martin Ellerby Sinfonia Aqua  

Gustav Holst Japanese Suite 

Leonard Bernstein West Side Story

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