Russian Fire Saturday - 12 May 2018

Sarah Markham performing the Glazunov concerto

Shea Lolin inspired BWE to rise to the challenge of an exciting programme of music by Russian composers. The concert attracted a large audience to St James's Church, Sussex Gardens.


The programme opened with Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Festival Overture, followed by the BWE saxophone section playing Alexander Intermezzo and Mazurka from Borodin's Petite Suite.  


Colin on soprano sax as soloist in an atmospheric work by Cui

The programme continued with Igor Stravinsky's Russian Dance from Petrushka.  


The climax of the first half of the concerto was Sarah Markham's electrifying performance of Alexander Glazunov's Saxophone Concerto.


BWE opened the second half of the programme by playing the first movement of Alexander Borodin Symphony No.2 in B minor.

A BWE wind quintet playing a Waltz by Shostakovich

The celebration of all things saxophone continued with Colin playing the solo part in César Cui's Velichit Dusha Moya Ghospoda with sections of BWE spread to the four corners of the church - thus creating a wonderful effect of music in the round.


Next a wind quintet played Waltz no. 2 from Dimitri Shostakovich's Suite for Variety Orchestra. The second half ended with Alexander Borodin's Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor followed by the rousing Red Poppy – Sailors Dance by Reinhold Glière.

In Your Dreams - Saturday 28 April 2018

One Charming Night

The Bloomsbury Band of Flutes and Clarinets presented a nocturnal ramble through the images of the night. David Morris conducted the concert at Lumen URC. The music featured Mendelssohn’s music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, plus nocturnally-themed works by Schumann, Fauré, Mozart, and Cage. The Band gave the premiere of Phantasmagoria - a new work by Roger Cawkwell.


The Band's clarinet quartet played Fleetingness by Prokofiev and Puck from Lyric Pieces by Grieg. The flute quartet performed Clair de Lune by Debussy. New for the Band was a performance of Purcell's One Charming Night from The Fairy Queen by a recorder trio with soprano.


The whole programme was recorded and is available on SoundCloud.

BWE celebrates its 25th anniversary year

Graham Lyons founded the London School of Pharmacy Flute & Clarinet Choir in 1995. This group evolved into the Bloomsbury Woodwind Ensemble.


We will announce our plans to celebrate the longevity of the ensemble on this web site in due course.



Music in an Isle of Wight garden

Saturday 9 June 2018

The Band will perform a varied programme with music selected for its association with midsummer.


Flowers, Dogs and Midsummer

Saturday 23 June 2018

The Band will entertain participants in the Beckenham Place flower and dog show.


Bandstand concert in Ruskin Park

Saturday Sunday 1 July 2018

BWE will entertain a audience relaxing in deck chairs provided by the Friends of the Park.


Russian Fire

Saturday 12 May 2018

BWE performed a dramatic, concert of Russian scores with Sarah Markham as the soloist in Glazunov’s enthralling Saxophone Concerto.


In Your Dreams

Saturday 28 April 2018

The Bloomsbury Band performed a concert that conjured up images of the night.


Seasonal music at BT Centre

Tuesday 19 December 2017

Members of the Bloomsbury Music Group took part in a charity fund-raising concert at the headquarters of BT.

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