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Windsor Community Orchestra

2022 Summer Concert

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The orchestra at the concert

The Windsor Community Orchestra's Summer concert was held on the 7th July at Dedworth Green Baptist Church at 7:45 p.m. A varied programme, including some modern music, some classical and some in-between. Bach's Badinerie featured the flute section playing the lead.

The concert featured a few solos and small groups, including a string group that played some Hungarian dance tunes. The harmonies and stomping upbeats brought a little bit of Hungry to the hall.

We also allowed people to attend via Zoom, and have over 20 screens also listening to the concert, some from outside the UK.

As always with our concerts, they are free to attend but we do hold a voluntary donation for charity. This year, the supported charity is Dementia UK. Over £360 was raised for this worthy cause.

2022 Band Stand Concert

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The orchestra on the bandstand

The Windsor Community Orchestra was delighted to play at the Windsor Band Stand on the 25th June, 2022 at the Rotary Club's Summer Fayre and Duck Race.

We played from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. We're not quite sure how many people stopped to listen but we were really pleased to be part of such a dynamic and community focused occasion.

We played a full set list of some 17 pieces, including The Great Escape by Elmer Bernstein, some jazz and modern pieces such as Tequila by Chuck Rio, and a few classical pieces such as the Rondeau from Purcell's Abdelazer.

2022 Spring Concert

The Windsor Community Orchestra performed to a live audience for the first time in 2 years at our Spring concert. The audience was small, but added an atmosphere that the orchestra really appreciated. We also recognise that some people are still not comfortable or able to meet in large groups, so we included a Zoom link so people could attend virtually, which 24 people did.

The orchestra played a wide selection of pieces from classical to modern. We swung with a few jazzy numbers and energised the concert with Borodin's Polovtsian Dances. We also had some solo performance, including a brassy quartet, a small string ensemble and a clarinet solo.

As always, our concerts are free but we do collect money for charity. This term, we wanted to support the humanitarian effort in Ukraine, and over £500 was raised for this cause.

Fees having to rise

Our fees are rising by £5 per term.

With heavy hearts, we are having to raise our fees for the Summer term. Over the last 12 years, we have been able to keep our fees the same despite increasing costs. However, recent increases in room rents have meant that we have to increase our fees for the first time in over a decade.

From the Summer term 2022 onwards, fees will now be £30 per term with reductions for additional family members.

2021 Christmas concert

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Elaine talking to the Zoom audience

The 2021 Christmas Concert was held on the 2nd December at 7:45 p.m. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we couldn't have an audience in the same building as the orchestra. After spacing out the orchestra, and keeping the audience a safe distance from the saxophones, there simply wasn't room. So we invited the audience to attend via Zoom.

Over 50 people dialled into Zoom to hear the orchestra play. It was a bit of a technological experiment, but it seemed to work, with lots of positive comments both during and after the concert. One unexpected but amazing side-effect of holding the concert via Zoom was that we had attendees from as far away as Boston and Colorado in the US.

The orchestra played many pieces, such as Sibelius Finlandia and Fauré's Fantaisie, Op. 79, which featured Máté on the flute. We also included some Christmas tunes which the audience could sing along to.

As always, we use the concert to raise money for charities that the orchestra members have some connection with. This term, we are supporting the British Liver Trust, which has supported one of our members. The concert raised £390 for this deserving cause.

Windsor Band Stand Performance

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The orchestra on the Windsor Bandstand

The Windsor Community Orchestra played its first live performance for over 18 months in the Windsor Band Stand in Alexandra Gardens on Saturday 31st July. The orchestra performed an hour-long set twice - at 12:30 pm and again at 2:30 pm. The weather forecast was for rain, but the clouds held off until the last few numbers on the second set. Those that braved the weather heard some great music, both modern and classical.

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