Windsor, Eton & Ascot Town Centre partnership will be providing a series of musical performances each weekend between 24 July and 12 September 2021 at the bandstand in Alexandra Gardens.
Family, friends and music lovers are all invited to bring a picnic and enjoy some great music in Windsor’s Alexandra Gardens.
This event is free. Here are the bands who have confirmed so far; check back for the latest information!
Woodley Concert Band is an award-winning, high quality wind band with around 40 players. Based in Woodley, near Reading in Berkshire, the band rehearses every Wednesday evening and performs regularly at fetes, on bandstands and in theatres across Berkshire and beyond, bringing a wide range of entertaining music to different audiences. Our repertoire covers everything from film themes to classical music, and military marches to jazz.
Sing Healthy runs choirs based in Wokingham and Bracknell that sing a variety of classical and popular repertoire respectively. The choirs have several performance opportunities each year, and join forces for our annual Christmas concert. In recent years the choirs have performed in many special venues including The Hexagon in Reading, the Royal Academy of Music, BBC Maida Vale Studios, and St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where they also performed live on BBC One.
During the pandemic, the choirs continued to meet regularly online over Zoom, created several virtual performances, and have most recently run outdoor, safely distanced ‘hybrid’ rehearsals in Wokingham. The choirs are open to all, require no prior musical knowledge, and have no auditions.
The Windsor Community Orchestra (WCO) is a local amateur orchestra for children, young people and adults who meet to rehearse and perform music together in the community. Created in January 2004, the orchestra has grown to 45 players pre-lockdown, and is looking forward to resuming its termly 9 rehearsals and a community concert in Dedworth in the autumn this year.
Created mainly for beginners to grade 5 and for ages 9 to 90, players of all sorts of instruments are welcome, including saxophones, guitars, percussion and recorders, along with all the traditional orchestral instruments.
Conducted and managed by Elaine Foakes, BA, PGCE, ALCM.
Elaine’s vision is to include people of all ages and abilities to play all styles of music together. Under her expert musical guidance and coaching, players improve their musical skills and create a final performance all can be proud of.
New Members always welcome. Visit the website for more details and how to join.
WCO will be performing the following at Windsor Bandstand 2021:
In the autumn of 2013 David Smart approached the Help for Heroes Charity with a view to creating a ‘military’ style band to assist with the fund raising activities of the charity.
The purpose of the Help for Heroes charity is to deliver an enduring national network of support for the UK’s wounded service men and women and their families. The charity assists them by inspiring and enabling those who have made sacrifices on the behalf of the people of the UK and its allies to achieve their full potential.
That meeting was very successful and to that end, in January 2014 ‘The Heroes Band’ was formed.
The band is based and rehearses weekly within the City of London. Already the band has received global recognition of its existence and support via social networking sites for the work it does.
The band has performed concerts in London, drawing large audiences and praise at their performances, including the Royal Festival Hall at its ‘Festival of Love’ and further afield at the Annual Remembrance Banquet in Worcester Guildhall, where the guest of honour was the Falklands veteran, Simon Weston OBE.
In February 2015 the band was awarded ‘Charitable’ status by the Charities commission and in addition, in April of 2015, the Band welcomed Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs, a former Principal Director of Music of the Royal Air Force Music Services as the first Band President.
Since its formation the band has received recognition and acclaim for the high standard of performance from all over the world. The Band has performed with Soprano Susan Parkes, also at Worcester Guildhall, as well as Field Day and recently appeared on stage at Sadlers Wells in the UK premier of the play "En Avant: Marche!".
European tours include Northern Italy in July 2016 and Gibraltar in 2017, where the band performances were appreciated by local audiences.
In 2018 the band was invited to perform at the RHS Chelsea Flower show where the standard of the bands performances were compared equal to those of their military counterparts.
Some of the regiments represented in the band since its formation have been serving and ex members of the following bands; The Royal Marines, The Life Guards, The Grenadier Guards, The Coldstream Guards, The Scots Guards, The Queen’s Regiment, The Women’s Royal Army Corps, The Royal Air Force, The Honourable Artillery Company, The Royal Yeomanry, The Army Medical Services, The Essex Yeomanry and also the US Army 28th Division Band.
Blue Sky Big Band specialise in performing traditional Big Band swing music, popular jazz and even some rock & roll. We consist of over twenty passionate amateur musicians featuring four sections: saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and a rhythm section.
We are based in Berkshire and play at local venues including Wokingham, Newbury, Reading and Windsor, plus more distant settings such as Brighton. We have taken the band on tour to South Wales, playing at the fringe event of the Brecon Jazz Festival as well as in Brecon Cathedral during the last few years.
Trinity Concert Band is a Reading-based community wind orchestra; its members spanning a wide range of ability from talented amateurs to professional standard. The band performs throughout Berkshire and Hampshire, playing music from a wide range of sources – classical transcriptions, original band compositions, music from stage and screen, pop and swing as well as the traditional marches!
Trinity Concert Band are excited to be making another appearance at Windsor bandstand this year (in fact, only their second performance together since March 2020!) and have a fantastic selection of music to suit all tastes, including tunes from Les Miserables, ABBA, The Beatles, Pirates of the Caribbean, Pharrell Williams’ toe-tapping ‘Happy’, a couple of marches and much more! There really is something for everyone!
The Egham Band are a friendly 1st section brass band based in Egham with a history stretching back to over 100 years. We have strong links with the local community and annually take part in the St George's Day and Remembrance Day Parades and Services, plus appear at local carnivals and events. We maintain a busy schedule of concerts throughout the year and have appeared with well known soloists including James Fountain, Owen Farr and Roger Webster.
On top of all this we have a successful youth music project which brings the opportunity to learn a brass instrument into local primary schools and supports continued development through tuition and membership in the Egham Training Band.
The Burnham Concert Band is a community wind band, founded in 1975 and based in Burnham, Buckinghamshire. The band consists of around 30 woodwind and brass players, with percussion, who share a love of making music and a determination to achieve the highest standard we can under the baton of Music Director Michael Pegram. We play a wide range of music to suit all tastes from classical to modern pop and of course, tunes from films and the shows.
We rehearse every week, and usually perform three formal concerts a year at Burnham Park Hall. In addition we play at garden fetes, local summer shows and private functions.
This is our first visit to Windsor bandstand and we hope very much you will join us and enjoy our music. For more information about the band, or to join our mailing list, or enquire about joining the band please visit our website burnhamconcertband.org.uk or our Facebook page.
Cambridge Wind Band is a flourishing group with a reputation for exciting, high-quality performances in the Cambridge area and beyond. The fifty-piece band enjoys playing a wide range of music, including classics from the wind orchestra repertoire, transcripts of film and TV themes, arrangements of popular music, and specially-commissioned pieces.
The Bourne Concert Band of Woking is a friendly community band which rehearses every Tuesday and performs several concerts a year, including various events during the summer months.
The focus of the Second Wind Band is to play entertainment music to the highest standard possible while maintaining a very light-hearted, friendly atmosphere. Engagements are undertaken throughout the year and the band has undertaken tours both at home and abroad.
Concerts have included Windsor, Guildford and Dover Castles and recent tours to Kent and Normandy. The band enjoys busking at Christmas, and plays at many local events and bandstands.
The band plays an extensive repertoire of toe-tapping light classics, popular film and show tunes, contemporary and older pop songs, all arranged to suit wind-band instruments.
Formed in 2001, Ascot Brass is a non-contesting British brass band that focuses on presenting high quality concerts. We have a long-standing partnership with Taplow youth choirs, and have for many years held fund-raising concerts for Macmillan Cancer, and several other local charities. We now have established a working relationship with Thames Hospice to help them achieve their fundraising target and there will be a collection for them during our performance in Windsor.
The band is based in Maidenhead, we have a regular engagement at Ascot racecourse, providing music for the Christmas race meeting and community carol singing. We’ve also featured at Royal Ascot, and other special occasions at the racecourse plus the RAC Club, Epsom, on Derby Day.
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