Windsor Community Orchestra

Future event: 2020 Summer project

To keep us going over the summer holiday, the members page will have some material for the Summer loaded on it. This will give the orchestra something to play and let us be prepared for when we do start to meet together again. All members should have access. Contact us via e-mail or the Contact page for access to either of both of these if you are a member of wish to become one.

Once rehearsals start again, you can see what the orchestra is like by just turning up to any of our rehearsals, instrument in hand. Elaine can provide parts for most instruments at any level, so if you let her know you're turning up we can get a part ready if needed. To let us know you're coming, you can e-mail or use the Contact us page.

2020 Summer Concert raised money despite lockdown

Due to the Covid-19 situation, the orchestra has not been meeting physically, but we have been keeping virtual rehearsals going during the lock-down This culminated in a virtual concert held just for members of the orchestra. There were many solos, from bass saxophone, glockenspiel, cello, and violin. Then the orchestra played along to sections from Beethoven's 5th Symphony, and listened to Teddy's Bear Picnic, made up of individual recordings put together by the orchestra over the term and brought together into one performance.

Our concerts have always been about community music, fun and charity, and we didn't want to miss out of any of that just because of the lock-down. So members of the orchestra donated money towards a charity. £575 was raised by members of the orchestra, and this will go towards the West Windsor Hub, helping people suffering isolation and hardship during this crisis.

2020 Spring concert made virtual

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 situation, the orchestra has had to cancel the final rehearsal and concert of the 2020 Spring term.

We did put together a virtual concert, with the computer generated sound files for the orchestra but some members contributing videos or sound recordings of their solo pieces. We put this up on the member's site. If you are a member and do not have access, contact us via the Contact page.

New members' area launched

Memer area
It's just over a year since we launched our new web site. It's been updated a few times since then to make the content clearer and easier to access. Our most recent update has included a members' area. This is accessible for members only and allows us to distribute sound files for the pieces, recordings and scores from this web site. If you're a member and need access, please use the Contact page.

Remembering John Denny

The orchestra was saddened to hear of the recent death of John Denny. John had been a faithful member of the orchestra for 11 years, playing soprano saxophone. He also played accordion and played a solo in nearly every concert he appeared at. Mostly recently, he played a selection of his favourite accordion music at our Christmas concert in December of 2019. He was always quick to smile and had a quiet humour that soon would bring a smile to everyone he was talking to. But most of all, he will be remembered for his passion and energy for music and motor bikes. We were all very fond of John, and we will miss his friendship and music.

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