Flute and clarinet players of the Bloomsbury Band, together with a couple of players from BWE, continued a well-established tradition by performing an informal concert of carols and other seasonal music in the atrium of BT Centre.
The music featured the usual selection of popular carols together with Gaudete, a selection of melodies from the Nutcracker Suite as well as arrangements of the sixteenth century Quand Je Bois and of Winter Wonderland by Felix Bernard.
This was a charity concert which entertained BT staff as they left their offices at the end of the day. The sum raised was just over £300.
The Bloomsbury Band of Flutes and Clarinets took a 'Walk in the Woods' during its conert at Lumen URC. The forst part of the programme included an arrangment of The Banks of Green Willow by George Butterworth together with a fine arrangement by Roger Cawkwell of six of the eight Woodland Sketches by Edward McDowell.
The second half began with a charming arrangment by Carolyn Franklin called Say it with Flowers featuring the familiar tunes: We'll Gather Lilacs, The Flower Duet and Tiptoe through the Tulips. The final work was Ian Harrold's own arrangement of his version of a folk song: Variations on the Frog and the Crow.
There were two chamber pieces. One in each half of the programme.
In the first half, the Band's Flute Trio played the Gypsy Song from Bizet's Carmen.
In the second half, the Baker Street Quartet played Evening Prayer by Engelbert Humperdinck and an arrangement of melodies from Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim.
A clarinet quartet and a flute trio from the Bloomsbury Band played a selection of seasonal and lighthearted pieces, both old and new, as part of the musical programme for the Beckenham Place Mansion's annual Festival of Lights celebrations. This was a free community event funded by Lewisham Council.
The seven players gave the premiere performance of Norwegian Wood. You can watch and here them play on this video in Google Photos.
BWE entertained a large audience with a journey into space with a varied programme that featured the première of a BWE commission from Christopher Hussey called Child of the Wandering Sea.
Four of the items in the programme were illustrated with videos on the themes of Earth and Space.
In 2018 BWE has been celebrating 25 years of BWE music making. This concert was also a celebration of the sustained impact of a flourishing collaboration with Chris Hussey. This began, ten years ago, with the Making Music's Adopt a Composer Scheme.
The programme included:
Gustav Holst The Planets – Venus: The Bringer of Peace
György Ligeti Lux Aeterna
Claude Debussy Clair de Lune
Roger Cawkwell Space Oddity
Christopher Hussey Child of the Wandering Sea
John Williams In a Galaxy far, far away (Star Wars)
Our November concert is, by tradition, a charity concert. In our 25th year of music making, we chose to support 'Music For All'. The concert raised £350 for the charity.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday 6 April 2019
The Bloomsbury Band of Flutes and Clarinets will be taqking flight at its next concert.
Saturday 18 May 2019
The Bloomsbury Woodwind Ensemble will celebrate food and drink in its next concert.
Tuesday 11 December 2018
The traditional seasonal concert at BT Centre raised over £300 for charity.
Saturday 1 December 2018
The Bloomsbury Band played a selection of pieces celebrating trees, woodlands and a few of the creatures that live in them.
Saturday 24 November
BWE journeyed into space with a varied programme that featured the première of a BWE commission by Christopher Hussey.