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Windsor Community Orchestra

Future event: 2021 Christmas concert

We are pleased to announce our Christmas Concert, that will be on the 2nd December at 7:45 p.m. It will be held at Dedworth Green Baptist Church.

The orchestra will be performing our Christmas Concert live in Dedworth church on Thursday 2nd December, at our usual time of 7.45pm. We’d love for you to join us as our audience, but for now, the audience will only be attending on Zoom.

Please contact us for the zoom link. The Zoom opens at 7.30pm on the night.

We've invested in a few extra technical gadgets to enable you to see and hear us the best way possible on your computer screen on zoom at home. We hope you’ll support us this way as we continue to be aware of coronavirus and want to keep limit risks of it spreading further.

Details of our chosen charity for donations from this concert will announced in the concert.

See our Calendar page for more details.

2021 Autumn term

The Windsor Community Orchestra started its Autumn term on the 23rd September. You can still join by contacting us (see the Contact page for details) or by just turning up. Full details are on the Calendar page.

We are applying some COVID-related protocols, such as encouraging the use of face masks and weekly testing prior to coming to orchestra, and spacing the orchestra out more and having some doors and windows open to encourage the flow of fresh air. Otherwise, this term is being held with normal rehearsals and will end with a traditional Christmas concert, with all the fun, community atmosphere and music creation that we normally do.

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.

2021 Summer concert

The Windsor Community Orchestra held its Summer concert on the 8th July. This was a virtual concert, where family, and friends of the orchestra joined us to hear performances by the orchestra put together as multi-tracked recordings. It also included solo pieces from some individual members, where clarinets, french horns and saxophones all had their moment to shine.

The orchestra continued its tradition of using its concerts to raise money for charity, and over £500 has been raised so far in this concert. The orchestra likes to support charities with which it or its members have a link. Some of our members have a link to Hungary, so this term we are supporting the Oltalom Charity.

2021 Spring concert

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The orchestra and audience zooming in

The Windsor Community Orchestra held its 2021 Spring Concert via Zoom. With 56 Zoom screens, the Spring concert was very well attended. Other than one solo piece, performances were made by individual recordings brought together by the magic of modern computers. This included mostly modern jazzy pieces, designed to lift our spirits in this locked-down world.

As always, the concert was an opportunity to raise money for charity. £525 was raised and will be given to 2 charities with which orchestra members have a link.

The first was Alzheimers Dementia Support, and in particular their Singing for Pleasure. Terrie Hall, one of its leaders, attended the concert and gave an introduction to the charity. Our link is through alto sax player, Edwina, who goes along to the Singing for Pleasure with her dog, Buster. Edwina and her dog are trained to find missing people, which is sometimes required for people with dementia.

The second charity is Assisting Berkshire Children to Read. This supports volunteers trained to assist children at school to catch up with their reading and to help parents to assist their children as well. The link to the orchestra is through alto sax and clarinet players, Rob and Jinny, who have volunteered to be trained to go into local primary schools but had to postpone due to lockdown last March.

Carolathon in support of Christian Aid

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The orchestra contributed to the Windsor Christian Aid Carolathon on the 20th December. The Carolathon was a 6 hour event where different churches and organisations took slots to perform carols and other Christmas music. Money was raised by asking for donations before or during the event. The orchestra had a 15 minute slot, which included a mixture of orchestra recordings, solo recordings and a live performance. This showcased the variety of ensemble and solo performance that a typical concert would include. It finished with the video of We wish you a merry Christmas that was shown in the 2020 Christmas concert. You can see the video on the Gallery page. A second slot was filled by one of the families in the orchestra, where Anikó, Máté and Dombé provided a video of them performing flute and violin arrangements of Christmas music.

The event raised over £2000 for the Christian Aid Christmas appeal.

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