Superb Oboist to perform with The Bude Concert Orchestra Mike Grieff will be the soloist in Haydn’s Oboe Concerto at Bude Concert Orchestra’s nextconcert at The Parkhouse Centre Bude on Saturday 30thSeptember. Mike has a wealth of experience as a performer both in England and abroad and sincejoining the orchestra has wowed fellow musicians and audiences with his superb virtuoso playing. As a student, Mike received oboe lessons in England as well as attheConservatoire d’Aix-en-Provence, in the South of France and then became principal oboist of the Durham Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. He has also performed with the Surrey Mozart Players. The concert will open withthe Overtureto The Italian Girl in Algiers by Rossini.The overture is widely recorded and performed. It is recognised for its distinct opening of slow, quiet pizzicatobasses, leading to a sudden loud burst of sound from the full orchestra. So be prepared! This will be followed by the incredibly difficult but beautiful afore mentioned Oboe Concerto. The first half will finish with five pieces from Peer Gynt by Grieg, including the well-known ‘Morning’and ‘In the Hall of The Mountain King’ both pieces popular with advertisers with the later often used for dramatic effect in films. It was voted number 43 in Classic FM Hall of fame for 2023. The second half will be a performance of the ever-popular Symphony No. 40 in G minor by WA Mozart. This symphony was composed between June and August 1788 in Vienna. The very opening bars of this symphony stamp it with a peculiar restless and haunting quality that immediately sets it apart from anything else Mozart ever wrote. The orchestra would like to dedicate this concert to the memory of David Barker who sadly passed away in August. David had played the violin with the orchestra for over 30 years. He was the Orchestra Treasurer and went out of his way to make members and guest players very welcome. A real gentleman, who will be sadly missed. The concert will be conducted by Barry Carrington Moule and starts at 7.30pm. Programmes at the door.£10to include light refreshments.
An Evening of Beautiful Music
After a very successful Last Night of The Proms in September 2022, The Bude Concert Orchestra will be performing a concert at The Parkhouse Centre Bude on Saturday 4th March conducted by Barry Carrington Moule. The concert has been advertised as an evening of beautiful music and will include some familiar pieces as well as an exquisite solo performed by Ruth Hayes on Alto Sax. The programme will commence with Mendelssohn’s ever popular Hebrides Overture (Fingal’s Cave) whose wave like themes are also suggestive of the Cornish Coast. From the descriptive music of Scotland, the orchestra will transport you to a suite of music from the film Dances with Wolves which will include the beautiful John Dunbar written by John Barry. The orchestra is delighted to welcome Ruth Hayes to play Aria by Eugene Bozza which Ruth has arranged especially for this concert. The versatility of the alto sax and Ruth’s expertise on the instrument will enthral the audience as it did when the orchestra first heard Ruth play this solo. Memories of waltzing in Covent Garden will lead the audience dancing into the interval where refreshments will be available. The second half of the concert will be dedicated to Beethoven’s magnificent 7th Symphony in Amajor. This symphonyis one of the composer's most popular works, both because of its excellent music and because of how often it is used in films and TV programmes, in particular the 2nd movement. The Bude Concert Orchestra performs three concerts a year in Bude and is always pleased to see loyal audience members return to their concerts and are equally delighted to see new faces and visitors to the area, although there is always room for more! Given the space at The Parkhouse Centre the orchestra is also pleased to welcome guest musicians. The concert takes place on Saturday 4th March at The Parkhouse Centre Bude at 7.30pm with light refreshments available in the interval. Programmes on the door: £8 adults, children free.
Last Night of The Proms 24th September 2022
Bude Concert Orchestra invite you to The Last Night of The Proms in The Parkhouse I Vow to Thee my country, Rule Britannia, Pomp and Circumstance and Jerusalem are just some of the Proms favourites which will be sung at Bude Concert Orchestra’s ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert at The Parkhouse Centre Bude on Saturday 24th September at 7.30pm. The orchestra is delighted to welcome Bassline (Bude’s men’s singing group), who will have a few surprises during the concert for this evening of fantastic tuneful music. The concert will start with the exciting ‘Light Cavalry Overture’ by Franz von Suppé. This will be followed by ‘Rhapsody and Melody’ by Nicholas arranged by the conductor for the orchestra’s principal oboist Mike Grieff. This will be followed by the light hearted song ‘The Policeman’s Holiday’ by M Ewing sung by the suitably attired Bassline! The delightful ‘Flute and Clog dances’ by Herold from La Fille Mal Gardée will precede ‘Going Home’ from The New World Symphony by Dvorak which will be sung by Bassline. The first half will finish with two sea songs ‘Portsmouth’ and ‘The Sailors Hornpipe’.
The orchestra noticed the following report in The Post on April 29, 1922 from 100 years ago “Following the recent revival of The Bude and Stratton Operatic Society, local music and art lovers were delighted with their performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘HMS Pinafore which was performed at The Parish Hall.’ So, one hundred years later the orchestra has decided to play the ‘Overture to HMS Pinafore’ in memory of this special performance and to open the second half. The concert will end with I Vow to Thee my Country by Holst, Rule Britannia bt T.Arne, Jerusalem by H. Parry and Land of Hope and Glory (Pomp and Circumstance March No 1) by E. Elgar and one last surprise! The Proms are so called because in the early concerts a large part of the seating area had no seats and so the patrons had to stand during the performances. Also, during the original Proms, the patrons could smoke, eat and drink, although customers were asked not to strike matches during vocal performances! So, as at The Albert Hall please bring your Union Jacks and join in with this uniquely British occasion on 24th September at The Parkhouse Centre Bude at 7.30pm. Light refreshments will be available (donation). Adults £8 (children free) at the door
Summer Serenade by Bude Concert Chamber Orchestra The Bude Concert Chamber Orchestra will be performing a delightful Summer Concert at St Martin’s Church,Killerton Rd, Bude on Saturday 18th June at 7.30pm. The conductor Barry Carrington Moule has put together a varied programme of music suitable for a relaxing summer evening. The venue of St Martin’s Church makes for an intimate concert and is always popular with the audience and players alike, due to tiered, comfortable seating and excellent acoustics. The concert will feature talented musician Sarah Routly who will perform Les Plaisirs by G.P. Telemann. The programme will include two short overtures by Mozart and an arrangement of Bach’s Brandenburg No. 3. As fitting for a concert entitled‘Summer Serenade’. The orchestra will be performing Chanson de Matin and Chanson De Nuit by Elgar. The beautiful Andante Festivo by Sibelius will be played as a request for an audience member. If you were at the full orchestra’s concert in The Parkhouse Centre in March you may well remember a fun piece called Dance of the Lunatics well,the conductor has found another fun piece by the same composerT.Allan entitled Dance of the Skeletons. The concert will finish with the delightful short symphony No 1 in Bb by William Boyce The concert starts at 7.30pm and light refreshments will be available in the interval. £6.00 at the door. Children free.
Spring Concert 7th March 2020
The concert will feature Mike Grieff who will be playing Van Hall’s beautiful oboe concert. Mike joined Bude Orchestra in September 2015 having previously played with the Surrey Mozart Players. This varied concert will open with a short overture to a comic opera by J Haydn. It may surprise some of the audience to hear the tune to Frere Jacque being played in the minor key. This tune comes in the 3rd movement of Mahler’s first symphony and is titled Bruder Martin.It is based upon an old Austrian Monastery round where the monks are trying to rouse one of their fellows without success. ‘Brother Martin, still asleep. Bells for mass are tolling. Ding, dang, dong’. The concert also includes music by Mozart, The Grand Overture by Boccherini and will end with Schubert’s 1st Symphony.
PROMS SEPT 28th 2019
Last Night of The Proms in The Parkhouse Rule Britannia, Pomp and Circumstance and Jerusalem are just some of the Proms favourites which will be sung at Bude Concert Orchestra’s ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert at The Parkhouse Centre Bude on Saturday 28th September at 7.30pm. The orchestra is delighted to welcome Bassline (Bude’s men’s singing group), Elizabeth Hobbs (Bude’s Britannia for this concert) and Paula Quigley (vocalist) for this night of fantastic music. The concert will present a variety of moods and will start with an arrangement by the conductor (Barry Carrington Moule) of The Battle of The Somme with an evocative opening representing a lone piper. The poignant Whitsun Dance sung by Elizabeth Hobbs reflects on the dilemma of ladies who lost their dancing partners during W.W.1. In this 150th year since the birth of Sir Henry Wood (1869-1944) the concert will feature songs and music from World War 1. The audience will be invited to join in with the choruses and words will be provided. These are a few clues to the songs; So Pack up your troubles and take the Long, long trail to Tipperary on a Bicycle built for two. On the way smell the Roses of Picardy before finally saying Good-bye-ee! Then back home to Keep the Home fires burning (sung by Paula Quigley) Orchestra pieces will include Fantasia on Greensleeves by R. Vaughan Williams who was a distinguished ambulance driver in World War 1 and a selection from Folk songs of the Sea including the Sailor’s Hornpipe and the Skye Boat Song. Colonel Bogey and The Dam busters’ March will give the brass section a good blow! The Proms are so called because in the early concerts a large part of the seating area had no seats and so the patrons had to stand during the performances. Also during the original Proms, the patrons could smoke, eat and drink, although customers were asked not to strike matches during vocal performances! During the First World War the Proms caused some controversy by continuing to play music by German composers, as Sir Henry Wood felt that music and art should rise above the political squabbles of the day! So, as at The Albert Hall please bring your Union Jacks and join in with this uniquely British occasion on 28th September at The Parkhouse Centre Bude at 7.30pm. Light refreshments will be available (donation). Adults £6 (children £2) at the door.