BWE at Ruskin Park - Sunday 1 July 2018

BWE playing on the Ruskin Park Bandstand, July 2018

BWE, directed by Shea Lolin, returned to Ruskin Park on a warm, sunny afternoon to entertain a family audience with a wide ranging programme that included:

  • A West Side Story selection, Leonard Bernstein
  • The Padstow Lifeboat, Malcolm Arnold
  • Prague Waltzes, Dvorak
  • Pavane, Fauré
  • Russian Sailors Dance, Gliere
  • March Past of the Kitchen Utensils, Ralph Vaughan Williams

Flowers, Dogs and Midsummer - Saturday 23 June 2018

Bloomsbury Band at Beckenham Place in June 2018

This was a new event for the Band.


On a sunny Saturday they entertained the participants at the first ever flower and dog show at the mansion in Beckenham Place Park.


The programme of music was inspired by the themes of the show and the proximity to midsummer.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Saturday 9 June 2018

The Bloomsbury Band of Flutes and Clarinets performing on the Isle of Wight in 2018

The Bloomsbury Band returned to the Isle of Wight to play at a charity event. This year, music from Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream was interspersed with readings from Shakespeare's play of the same name. 


Other dream-like music, played by a variety of large and small ensembles - including a clarinet quartet and a group with recorders, bass clarinet and voice. The players infused the outdoor concert with magic as night fell. A large audience was entranced.

Russian Fire Saturday - 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.



A Space Odyssey

Saturday 24 November

BWE will journey into space with a varied programme that will feature the première of a BWE commissionby Christopher Hussey.


Trees and Flowers

Saturday 1 December 2018

The Bloomsbury Band will perform a selection of pieces celebrating nature and the countryside.


Bandstand concert in Ruskin Park

Sunday 1 July 2018

BWE entertained a samily audience relaxing in deck chairs provided by the wonderful Friends of the Park.


Flowers, Dogs and Midsummer

Saturday 23 June 2018

The Bloomsbury Band entertained participants in the Beckenham Place flower and dog show.


A Midsummer Night's Dream

Saturday 9 June

It has become a tradition for the Bloiomsbury Band to perform annually at a charity event on the Isle of Wight. This year's perfiormance was as successful as ever.


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.

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