Bicester Concert Band is a well-established and thriving community band.
Watch our performance of Sway, recorded from our homes during the 2020 lockdown:
Over the last two decades Bicester Concert Band has provided all of its members with a nurturing environment in which to improve their skills. We have always welcomed players of all abilities and, by practising and home as well as attending the weekly rehearsals, we have all found our playing has improved.
While we would still like to accommodate all players, these days we tend to work on more challenging music, and new members find it more rewarding if they have enough playing experience to be able to sight-read our easier pieces, and to play harder pieces by putting in some practice at home in between rehearsals. We do not expect perfection (we'd all have to leave if that were the case!), but a certain amount of playing experience is desirable.
If you are interested in joining the band, do get in touch. We invite you to come along for a couple of sessions for free, by which time you will know if we are the sort of music group that you are looking for, and we will know if there is a place for you in the band.
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 or email us directly - firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Music within the community
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. In 2018 the band played in St Edburg's Church during their Christmas Tree Festival. It was lovely to be able to take part in this festive event and to perform surrounded by sixty decorated trees. We are hoping that this will become an annual event.
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 7.30pm in order to set up and be ready to play at 7.45pm, we finish at 9.45pm and we have a half-time break for coffee and a chat.
St Edburg's School is located on the Kingsmere development in Bicester. From the A41, turn into Pioneer Way just by the Premier Inn; follow the road around and the school will be on your left.
Until recently the school was situated in Cemetery Lane in Bicester. If your navigation device has not been updated, it might take you to the old site.
Do you play the trombone, tuba or percussion? We are keen to recruit players of these instruments in particular, but would like to hear from any players interested in joining us. Please contact Rosalind Mason (Chair) or Kathleen Greenway (Secretary) through our facebook page, via the contact form (the message does reach us even though you will be shown a 'server not found' message), or by emailing us directly -