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Windsor Community Orchestra

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

The member's login page

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

  • John preparing for our Spring concert in March 2010
  • John playing at the Windsor Band Stand in August 2019
  • John in March 2011 working out where to perform
  • John rehearsing in March 2015
  • John in June 2018
  • John and Elaine planning something in November 2011
  • John with his other passion, motorbikes, in August 2018
  • John rehearsing what turned out to be his last solo with the orchestra in November 2019
  • John (second from left) with the orchestra in March 2019

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. He played soprano saxophone in our woodwind section. He also played accordion and performed 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.

Orchestra celebrates Beethoven in 2020

This year is Beethoven 2020 year.

Ludwig van Beethoven was born in December 1770 in Bonn, Germany and became a well-known musician in his own lifetime - mostly for his music but a little for his unpredictable moods.

The Windsor Community Orchestra will be celebrating the 250th year of his birth by rehearsing and performing his 5th Symphony and other short pieces throughout the year. This spring, our programme includes the first and second movements of the 5th Symphony (abridged and in an easier key), as well as the Scherzo from his Piano Sonata opus 28. We'll then perform the other movements of the symphony (similarly abridged and simplified) and other short pieces later in the year.

We invite you to join us, either as an orchestra member or at our Spring Concert on Thursday 26th March. Full details of the concert can be found on our Calendar page.

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.

Windsor Community Orchestra is a non-profit, private organisation. It endeavours to provide a safe and secure experience for all who participate. It operates to a data protection and safeguarding policy designed to support this. Details can be provided on request. Please use our contact form if you require more details.

© 2021 Elaine Foakes