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Tuesday 8th March 2011

Upcoming Tour

The band are already beginning to look forward to their scandinavian tour and it is good to see that the anticipation is also building in the venues that we will visit. The tour pages will include detail as it becomes available. Our first venue in Norway is Askim and there is already a mention on the website of the Askim menighet which is where the concert will be held.

We also share an entry with Black Dyke Band on Berit's blog. For those not so familiar with Norwegian here is an approximate translation.

Friday 11th February 2011

Joy Through The Ages

Our new CD - Joy Through the Ages - will be released next month - the planned date is March 17th which is the date of our annual open evening. This recording celebrates 125 years of Boscombe Band and features music associated with the history of the band alongside modern repertoire including a premiere recording of a brand new composition from our Bandmaster from which the CD takes its title. Full details of the tracks can be found on the linked page as well as the opportunity to order the CD.

The order form also includes details of some special offers on our CDs.

Sunday 6th February 2011

Staines Songsters

The Band's first engagement of the year (apart from our very important 'day job' at the normal sunday meetings and openairs of course) was on Saturday evening supporting the Staines songster brigade on their visit to Boscombe. This was a 'return visit' with Boscombe songsters having previously visited the Staines Corps. It was a great evening with excellent items by the brigade and by an impressive array of soloists. All who attended must have found something just for them personally.

The Band marched the songsters in with Goldcrest which appropriately set the theme of the evening - 'Life is a Song' - that being the chorus that James Anderson features in the trio of the march. In introducing the first band contribution the songster leader (Samantha Turner) informed the audience that (alongside Wham) Boscombe Band were "the sound of her childhood" - so we had plenty to live up to as we played James Curnow's arrangement of Procession of Nobles from Rimsky-Korsakov's opera 'Mlada'.

In the second part of the programme the band accompanied the Boscombe timbrellists in Let there be Praise and also played Ken Downie's marvellous arrangement of Myfanwy. This was followed by the haunting May it Be sung by some of the songsters and together these two items set a wonderful atmosphere for the scripture thought.

Saturday 15th January 2011

Boscombe Band on Facebook

Our Facebook Fan Page has gone live. Please visit and 'Like' the page. It is our intention to use this medium to promote future events, so if you are 'signed up' you will be receiving the news about the Band as soon as anyone! Comments and suggestions are welcome - you will find a comment form on the site that will enable you to direct a message to the Band.

Sunday 9th January 2011

Happy New Year

A Happy New Year to all friends of the Band. With this first news item of the year we report on a some additions to our website. Firstly, to follow up from our last news item of last year, this year we will maintain a repertoire page throughout the year, so that you can see our contributions to the weekly services as well as our festival programmes.

The final new addition is a set of pages dedicated to our forthcoming tour of scandinavia. You will see that there are already links from that page to some previous tours - the rest will be coming soon - as will a map of all of the places that the Band has visited during its 125 year history.

We are looking forward to a great year, we hope that you will get a chance to take part in that year in some way. Look out for more additions to the website.

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