This year (2016) I enjoyed a few months’ work with this community wind band, based in Bristol. The committee and its members have a long history of providing not only ensemble experiences, but tuition and coaching to the adult community of Bristol and the surrounding area. These services span more than 25 years, and include two training ensembles.

I am very grateful to many of the band members for such a warm welcome. It was a real honour and privilege to work with such dedicated, disciplined and talented musicians. During the four months that I worked with the band  we  completed two major engagements, a charity concert in Bath and the bands annual Spring concert in Bristol. I wish them all the very best and hope to see and hear them at one of their events in the not too distant future.

Below are some video excerpts from recent performances.

‘An American Elegy’ – Frank Ticheli

As part of their annual spring concert Bristol Concert Winds perform ‘An American Elegy by Frank Ticheli. Trumpet Soloist is Julia Ractliffe. The composition is a tribute to the children and staff that tragically lost their lives at Columbine.

‘Flight of the Piasa’ – Robert Sheldon

Here is ‘Flight of the Piasa’ by Robert Sheldon. This concert was in aid of the Tumaini Children’s Appeal. A massive thank you to all band members for some wonderful moments and of course to the Tumaini Appeal staff for their untiring and fantastic efforts for the children of Kenya that are in need.

‘When the stars began to fall’ – Fred J Allen

An excerpt from BCWB’s annual Spring concert. Here the band perform ‘When the stars began to fall’ Fred J Allen. A big thank you to of the musicians for their dedication, discipline and musicality.

‘Slumber my darling’ – Stephen Foster

In this video clip Bristol Concert Windband perform ‘Slumber my darling’ (Stephen Foster). The concert was in aid of the Tumaini Children’s Charity that supports under privileged children and families in Kenya.

‘Confluence’ – Richard Saucedo

As part of their annual Spring concert BCWB perform ‘Confluence’ composed by Richard Saucedo.