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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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Christmas concert

Our Christmas concert was held on the 29th November. It may have been a little early for a Christmas celebration, but we still had one of the largest audiences we have ever had. It was also one of the most ambitious programmes, with excerpts from the overture of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro and Borodin's Polovtsian Dances. Some of the orchestra's members performed solos or small group pieces, including a wonderful clarinet quartet.

A voluntary collection was made at the concert that raised money for charity. Another record for this concert was the amount of money raised, with £412:65 raised. This was our largest total we have ever raised at a concert. This year, the money will go to GRACE. This charity supports women with gynaecological cancers and is working to raise standards of gynaecological cancer care and treatment for women across Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire. It is known to some orchestra members through personal experience and we are delighted to support this charity this year.
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