Bicester Concert Band is a well-established and expanding community band.
Bicester Concert Band has played an important role in Bicester life since its inception twenty years ago. As well as arranging its own concerts, it has featured at the Bicester Christmas Lights Ceremony, at Thame’s Remembrance service, and at many local fetes and charity events. Every year, in all kinds of weather, it has played on the bandstand in Garth Park.
Many of the band’s members are experienced players who play to a high standard, but the band has a long tradition of also welcoming new and rusty players and providing them with a nurturing environment in which to improve.
All players find their skills develop quickly as they encounter a wide range of challenging and enjoyable music under the leadership of Wendy Marks, its musical director.
Band rehearsals take place every Tuesday in term time in the superb acoustic of the newly-built St Edburg’s School hall, Kingsmere. We meet at 7.45pm in order to set up and be ready to play at 8pm, we finish at 9.45pm and we have a half-time break for coffee and a chat.
Wendy, a Graduate of the Guildhall School of Music, is a talented woodwind teacher and conductor. Besides BCB she also conducts West Oxfordshire Winds (WOW), West Oxfordshire Clarinets (WOC), West Oxfordshire Learners (WOL) and Freeland Orchestra. Primarily an oboist, she performs regularly with many local orchestras and groups including The Oxford Sinfonia, the Cotswold Chamber Orchestra and the Pavlova Quintet. She also enjoys playing Double Bass and often performs with the Radcliffe Orchestra and St Giles Orchestra.
Booking the Band
The band is available for bookings in Bicester and the surrounding area. It has a varied repertoire and can tailor music to suit most occasions. If you would like to find out more about booking the band, do get in touch via the contact page.