2019 Summer concert

The Windsor Community Orchestra held its 2019 Summer Concert ion 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

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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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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