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Last updated:
 01 April 2016
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HISTORY

Founded by Ted Cannon (first conductor) and Frank Sympson (conducted junior band) over the summer of 1984.

The title "Bourne Concert Band" was adopted in August 1984 and became the Bourne Concert Band of Woking in 1995 when officially linked with Woking.

The first concert programme in the Band archives is for a concert at Addlestone Community Centre on the 6th December 1986.

The Band normally performs two formal concerts a year and as well as the Addlestone Community Centre, venues have included local churches, The QE2 Theatre, Rhoda McGraw Theatre, Christ Church and the H.G. Wells Suite, all in Woking.

 

Pine Walk Bandstand, BournemouthThe Band has also played at many venues, both indoor and out, locally and further afield:

  • Addlestone Carnival
  • Woking Town Square and Bandstand
  • Victory Park, Addlestone
  • Runnymede Pleasure Ground
  • Virginia Water
  • Gogmore Farm Park, Chertsey
  • Memorial Gardens, Staines
  • Walled Garden, Sunbury
  • St. Peter's Hospital, Chertsey
  • Anugraha Hotel, Egham
  • St James's Park, London
  • Regents Park, London
  • Losely House, Guildford
  • Guildford Castle Grounds
  • Penshurst Place, Kent
  • Pine Walk Bandstand, Bournemouth
  • Parade Gardens, Bath
  • The Bandstand, Eastbourne
  • Somerville College, Oxford
  • St James Church, Weybridge
  • Paris, France
  • Amstelveen, Holland
  • Brussels and Bruges, Belgium

The Bourne Concert Band entered the 1993/4 Boosey & Hawkes National Concert Band Festival in the Community Section of the London and Southern Region, where they won a gold award. At the finals at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, the band was awarded a certificate of merit.

Concert with Patrimonium The BCB has held joint concerts with Patrimonium from Amstelveen, Holland, La Lyre from Le Plessis Robinson in France, the Weybridge Male Voice Choir and Tomlinscote School Choir.

In 2004 the BCB visited Belgium and performed two concerts with the Bagshot Concert Band.

In the winter of 2002/2003 the Bourne Concert Band held a competition entitled ‘Calling all Composers’ in memory of a band member, David Allen, who was tragically killed in a road accident a few years before. The winner was John Hughes with his composition ‘Piece for David’ which the band premiered at their March 2003 concert. For more details, click here

The Bourne Concert Band has links with the Patrimonium from Amstelveen, near Amsterdam and La Lyre from Le Plessis Robinson, near Paris. Both towns are twinned with Woking.

Patrimonium visited Woking in September 1992 and October 2000 and BCB visited Amstelveen in 1993.

La Lyre visited Woking in March 1995 and March 1997, and BCB visited France in 1995.

Cheque presentation to White LodgeThe Bourne Concert Band has held concerts to raise money for White Lodge Centre for Disabled Children, Royal Air Force Association, Treloar Trust for young people with disabilities, St Peter's Hospital (concert recorded and later broadcast on Radio Wey), St James Church, Weybridge and Woking Hospice.

 

The BCB has held three rehearsal weekends at Lancing College, West Sussex and Monkton Combe School, near Bath. There have also been weekends away in Manchester (for the Boosey & Hawkes competition) and in Bournemouth.

In April 2004 the BCB visited Belgium with the Bagshot Concert Band, performing concerts in Brussels and Bruges. The Band has also visited Rouen, France in June 2006, Devon in June 2007, the Isle of Wight in June 2008, Le Touquet, France in June 2009, Jersey in June 2011, Guernsey in 2012, Derby in 2013 and York in 2014 and the Isle of Wight in June 2015.

The Band holds various social functions throughout the year, Annual Dinner, picnics, bowling, etc