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Windsor Community Orchestra

Christmas concert

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Our Christmas concert was held on December 5th. The orchestra has grown so large that fitting all 44 members and the audience was a bit of a squeeze. But the sound the orchestra made was amazing, with a Christmas carol, film music and the musical Guys and Dolls all being celebrated.

We played Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers, and Trepak, both from The Nutcracker. We also played Anderson's famous Sleigh Ride, where 2 members of the audience were invited to join with the orchestra to add the sleigh bells.

As always, the concert was free, but we did collect a voluntary donation for charity. This term, we raised money for a charity that some members of the orchestra have benefitted from and know well; the Thames Hospice, and their Raise the Roof appeal in particular. £440 was raised for this extremely good cause.

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August 2019 at the Windsor Band Stand

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On Saturday 3rd August, we performed in the Windsor Band Stand in Alexandra Gardens. It was a warm and pleasant day with lots of people enjoying the park. We played some of our more up-tempo pieces in two 40 minutes sessions. Many people stopped and enjoyed the music and £80 was raised for charity, which will go to the Windsor Homeless Project.
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2019 Summer concert

The Windsor Community Orchestra held its 2019 Summer Concert on the 4th July 2019. It was probably our most ambitious programme yet in terms of technical difficulty, with Leonard Bernstein's Mambo taxing the orchestra with its complex rhythms and need to shout "mambo" at just the right moments. The audience, however, took it all in their stride, and also enjoyed our tribute to Aretha Franklin (Queen of Soul) and excerpts from Hector Berlioz's Un Bal.

There were also performances from smaller groups and soloists. This included a guitar solo from our very own musical director Elaine Foakes, who was advertising a new Windsor Classical Guitar Ensemble, that has its first concert on Sunday 7th July. More details on its web page.

One such small group was a clarinet duet of Kozue Gyves and Tom Creasey that played Nick Homes' Hobo Blues. This was a poignant moment for the orchestra as it was a farewell piece for Tom, who is moving on to new adventures in London. We also said farewell to a number of our teenagers who are growing up and going on to A levels or University. The orchestra gave its best wishes to all those moving on, and hopefully we might see them again in the future.

The concert, as always, was a charity concert. This term, we raised £445 for the WAMS Stoma Support Group, which is a new group for people with a stoma, their carers and family members. More details are available on their twitter feed.
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2019 Spring concert

Our 2019 Spring Concert was held at Dedworth Green Baptist Church" on Thursday 28th March, 2019. It was a large audience who came to hear us play pieces as diverse as Anitra's Dance and In the Hall of the Mountain King, both by Edvard Grieg. The orchestra introduced the audience to minimalism by playing A Short Ride in a Fast Car by John Adams. Alongside these more classical pieces, more popular pieces, including the jazz version of Mack the Knife by Kurt Weill. The audience obviously enjoyed the evening; one lady in particular who had only just heard of the orchestra said how much she enjoyed hearing us all.

As well as the orchestra playing, we had solos from members of the orchestra, including an accordion, saxophone, flute and clarinet.

As always, the concert was to raise money for charity. This term we are supporting the Marlow Opportunity Playgroup, which provides a happy, caring and stimulating environment for children with additional needs. An amazing £422 was raised by for this charity by the orchestra and audience, for which we are very grateful.
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New web site launched

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The old web site; colourful but difficult to maintain
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The new web site; fresher and more modern
After 15 years of faithful service, our old web site has finally been retired. It was created back in 2004 as a quick fix to get the orchestra publicised and news about the orchestra broadcast to its members and friends. After 15 years, we finally had to admit that the quick fix needed updating to reflect current web standards, including security.

So welcome to the new web site. The content is broadly the same but the look and feel has been updated to reflect a more 21st century approach. We still carry news about the orchestra, and still have a gallery of pictures that provides a nice record of our history. All the dates for our meetings and concerts are available and we've re-instated the contact page so you can send an e-mail to us directly from this site. The look and feel, though, is very different, less cluttered and simplified, making the information easier to access. Behind the scenes, this new site is more secure and easier to maintain.

We hope you like this new and fresh update.
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