Sunday 28 February 2016

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Conductor: Christoper Moore

Soloist: Liliana Luongo

DVORAK: Slavonic Rhapsody No. 1
WEBER: Concerto No. 2 for Clarinet & Orchestra, Op.74
SIBELIUS: Finlandia Op. 26
SIBELIUS: Valse Triste from Kuolema Op.44, No. 1
ELGAR: Serenade Lyrique
ELGAR: Mazurka
PERCY WHITLOCK: March: Dignity & Impudence

Concert Programme sponsored by Bedford's

Recording of concert part 1
Recording of concert part 2

Friday 8 July 2016 at 8pm

Woolpit Village Hall

Film Music Night

Conductor: Chris Parsons

Soloist: Mimi Moll

Film Night concert 2016

NEWMAN: 20th Century Fox Fanfare
MOZART: Marriage of Figaro Overture
WILLIAMS: Harry Potter Symphonic Suite
WILLIAMS: Schindler's List
BARRY (arr David Sims): Out of Africa theme
VARIOUS: Themes from 007
MOROSS: Big Country Theme
BEETHOVEN: Allegretto from Stymphony No. 7
BARRY (arr David Sims): Dunbar theme from Dances with Wolves
SHORE: Lord of the Rings Medley
Encore: (arr Nic Wright) That's All Folks

Concert programme

Collection in aid of Jessie's Fund raised £354.

October 2016

We hear of the death of Otto Schreier, former member and great supporter of the orchestra.

Tuesday 18 October 2016

Annual General Meeting - Minutes and reports (members only)

Tuesday 8 November 2016

We celebrate our 10th birthday.

BFO celebrates its 10th birthday

An aerial shot (at the left, some of our special guests)

Our founders cut the cake

Our founders, Mike Baynes and Sally Haslewood cut the cake (made by Camilla Collins).

Our three conductors

All our three conductors came. Jenny Sewell (2006-2012), Christopher Moore (2012-2016) and Chris Parsons (2016- ).

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Our chair, Jane Roberts, read this poem by our chief groupie, Bryan Short:

2006...and all that

Well here we are ... The BFO
Founded just ten years ago
By Sally Haslewood and Mike Baynes
They both bore orchestral growing pains...
A cricket pavilion held their first rehearsal
Conducted by young Jenny Sewell
With friendly flair and with hardly a hitch
The music flowed over the cricket pitch...

Then Christopher Moore came upon the scene
Led them to places they'd never been
So the orchestra just expanded and grew
Playing  exciting venues , and  the Apex too...

Otto underwrote our performance there
He's passed away now , it's hard to bear.
Kate Stonham on her violin played
A Bruch concerto, in heaven  ‘twas made...

Dear Olive and Lawford both playing strings
Raise memories of some of my favourite things
Both rode their bikes and both played the fiddle
Olive played in the front and Lawford the middle...

Again at the Apex with young Miss Luongo
We played Dvorak and Elgar and Weber's concerto
We no longer felt we were handcuffed or boring
As we were led ever forward, with our confidence soaring...

And of course, ‘the committee' , an exotic  mix
There is nothing at all that this quorum can't fix
With a deep well of talent, led by chairperson Jane
(the length of their emails would drive you insane!)...

Chris Parsons was invited to conduct us this year
He leads us without trepidation or fear
So to distant horizons we are all willing to go
Oh how we all love the dear BFO...

So now, let us admire Camilla's wonderful cake
And ask ourselves - how long did it take?
To ice it and bake it and to cover it's face
With instruments many, and a fine double bass...

Happy birthday and now let's drink a toast
To friendship and music...  We love that the most...


The event was reported in the Bury Free Press


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