Windsor Community Orchestra

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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 Grieg. Elaine introduced the audience to minimalism and the orchestra played 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

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 this new fresh 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, including a gallery of pictures and videos that track 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.

We hope you like this new and fresh update,
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2018/9 dates now available

The dates for our 2018/2019 season are now available on our Meeting dates page. This includes both rehearsal and concert dates for all 3 terms.

As a reminder, you can see what the orchestra is like by just turning up to any of our rehearsals, instrument in hand. However, 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 wco@windsororchestra.org.uk.
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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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