The Bloomsbury Band of Flutes and Clarinets was All at Sea in its spring concert at Lumen URC, conducted by David Morris. The programme featured music associated with ships and shores, oceans and islands. With works composed over some 300 years and in a wide variety of styles, there was something for every sea-lover.
Composers represented included Vivaldi, Eric Coates and Arthur Sullivan. The Band also presented the premiere of its most recent commission from Roger Cawkwell, a suite of eight familiar 'Songs of the Sea'.
The Bloomsbury Woodwind Ensemble took its audience into a world of fantasy, evil and horror during its concert at St James's Spring Gardens. The programme included the world premiere of Two Polish Dances that was written for the ensemble by Patrick Miles - following a very successful composer workshop in 2015.
Another item in the programme was Nigel Wood's Where Spirits & Demons Dance. This too, was first played by the ensemble during the 2015 composer workshop
BWE also gave a second performance of Alan Bullard's Journey Through Time which the Bloomsbury Music Group commissioned and first performed in 2010.
The fourth work by a living composer in the programme was Keiron Anderson's own arrangement of music, originally for concert band, called: Alice in Wonderland.
Another piece that the ensemble enjoyed playing again was Chris Hussey's arrangement of music by Bernard Herrmann.
Other music in the programme included:
- Der Vampyr (The Vampire) — overture by Heinrich Marschner
- The Planets – Mars the Bringer of War by Gustav Holst
- Carmina Burana — O Fortuna by Carl Orff
- Die Walkürie (The Valkyrie), Act 3: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner.
Saturday 24 June 2017
The Bloomsbury Band will play at an open-air charity concert in Ryde on the Isle of Wight.
Saturday 5 August 2017
This year BWE will give its bandstand performance as part of a grand family day out in Victoria park.
Saturday 20 May 2017
The Bloomsbury Band entertained its spring audience with a programme of music associated with ships and shores, oceans and islands.
Saturday 6 May 2017
The Bloomsbury Woodwind Ensemble concert entertained a large audience with a programme of familiar music with new works by four living composers.