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22nd June 2009
Instructions for 27th June concert
Meet 10.15/10.30 am at Beeston Parish Church (next to Wilko's)
Full concert dress please.  We are inside if raining.
From Bluecoat - left out of gate, right at roundabout, continue to A52 Derby signs at QMC and take right at roundabout.  Straight over next roundabout.  Turn left at large traffic lights towards Beeston (Wollaton Rd).  Continue through Beeston and turn right at traffic lights (multi-storey car park on right), entry first right turn before church.  Follow road round take second right turn.  Church is on right. Parking is restricted - multi-storey might be a good idea!
The NSW AGM will be held on 12th July 2009 at 12 noon.  In order to use the time most efficiently, as last year the committee member reports will be available on the web site in advance (from Monday 29th June).  Questions or points for discussion should be tabled in advance; these and nominations for any posts should be submitted to Margaret by 5th July 2009.
Current committee is:
Chair - Nicola Pennill
Secretary - Margaret Frogson
Treasurer - David Wesker
NSWO Representative - Trev Vivien
NWE Representative - Pat Tombs
(In the event that nominations are received for either the NSWO or NWE rep posts, and an election is therefore required, only members of the relevant group will vote on the outcome.  For other posts, all members have the chance to vote.)
1st June 2009
Concert Colston Bassett - Saturday 6th June
Van arrives at 12.30 am with lifters please. 
Directions from Bluecoat school
Take the ring road over Clifton Bridge towards Newark (A52).  Turn right at the Cotgrave junction on the A52 (just before Radcliffe on Trent).  Continue to the A46 jucntion (traffic lights).  Turn right onto A46.  Take first left off A46 to Colston Bassett village centre.
Park on the road on right near pub if possible or take left and park near church. 
This is a very small village and with narrow roads - please park with care.
We will be finished by about 3.30 pm to be away by 4pm.
Full concert dress please
9th May 2009
Social 13th June at the Hop Pole in Beeston - barbecue and games!
7th April 2009
Forthcoming concerts
6th June - Colston Bassett Village. set up 1pm end 4pm OUTDOOR concert, but indoor if weather bad.

27th June - Beeston Parish Church. set up 10:15am end 2pm ish. OUTDOOR concert, but indoor if wweather bad.
Both these two concerts are VERY important and we need as many players as can make it. Please check your diaries and try to make alternative arrangements if you are currently unable to play.
4th July - Bunny Church. 7:30pm End of Year Concert.
Sat 19 December Strictly Kidsophonic (dance)
20th February 2009
Surplus instruments for sale (see below).
No meeting on 1st March 2009.

19th January
24th January : Workshop Day  9am-6pm Bluecoat School


Please arrive promptly and don't forget to bring your own lunch.

Coffee/Tea and biscuits will be provided throughout the day.

The main focus of the workshop will be the as yet unseen piece "Cry of the Celts".

We will also spend some time on "Hymn to the Fallen" which has already been given out. (Don't forget to bring your pads!)


Please invite friends and family for a performance of the two pieces at 5pm.


There will be a rehearsal as normal at 9:30am on Sunday 25th.



8th January 2009
Back to band on Sunday!
Penny took lots of photos of us at Kidsophonic - I've posted a selection here

24th December - Kidsophonic
The Kidsophonic Concert was a great success - many thanks to all involved.
Here's one take on the morning's activities...Cal's Christmas Fare
December 13th
Dates for next year
  • Sat 25th April Clifton Church.
  • Sat 4th July Bunny Church
  • Sun 11th Jan 1pm planning meeting NWE
  • Sunday 18th Jan main committee meeting
  • 1st rehearsal in the new year Sunday 11th Jan 9:30am start!!
17th October

17th July 2008
Tour details further information on the itinerary now available here
4th July 2008
Bunny concert information now added to
25th June 2008
Bunny concert information
1) Tickets are £7.00 from Windblowers
2) Times:
5.00 pm percussion and lifters
5:30 pm players
5:45 pm rehearsal
6:30 pm photo shoot (full concert dress)
3) Full concert dress
Ladies - black skirt, black blouse, black tights (compulsory!) black shoes, red scarf (provided)
Men - black concert trousers (no jeans or similar) black shirt, black socks, black shoes, red tie (provided)
4) Directions to Bunny
From Bluecoat take the ring road over Clifton Bridge towards Melton Mowbray A606.
At first roundabout take third ext to Loughborough A60.
Continue through Ruddington, Bradmore to Bunny.
Church is on right, just off the main road.
Parking is on side road - no car park.
24th June 2008
Lisa and Kelvin have had a little boy - Christian.  9lb 14 oz.  All are doing well.
21st June 2008
NSW AGM will be on Sunday 6th July at 12 noon.
Reports from current committee and more information available here.
25th May 2008
Paul Tombs has now added the NWE Canal Concert photos to his web site.
17th May 2008
Tour information now updated here
Concert Saturday 28th June 7:30pm
St Mary the Virgin, Bunny
Tickets £7.00 inc refreshments from Windblowers 0115 9410543
Programme to include:
Strauss - Thunder & Lightning Polka
Bernstein - West Side Story
Grainger - Country Gardens
Concert Sat 21st June 11-2pm
Garden Party Beeston Parish Church
A fun day for all Free
March 28th
Don't forget clocks go FORWARD on Saturday night!
 March 9th
Kinoulton Village Hall March 8th
Well done and thank you to everyone who made the concert a success. 
We have the following concerts coming up: 
Saturday 24th May 2008 this will be on board a narrowboat in the Erewash Basin at Langley Mill. Further details to be confirmed at a later date. Saturday 21st June 2008 Beeston Parish Church Fete. 
17th February
Directions to Kinoulton Village Hall (from Bluecoat, Nottingham)
Take the ring road south towards Grantham.  Continue on the ring road, going straight on past QMC.  Keep in the left hand lane to continue forward onto the A52 signposted Grantham. At the Nottingham Knight roundabout continue straight on (2nd Exit) onto the A52 signposted Grantham, Melton A606, Newark A46
At the next roundabout (Wheatcrofts) take the 3rd Exit onto the A606 signposted Melton, Leicester.  Continue on the A606 for approximately 7 miles to the roundabout.
Turn left onto the A46 (north towards Newark), then very soon (500m) take the right turn to Kinoulton. Continue on Kinoulton Lane to the village.  The Village Hall (KVH) is just past the school on the right hand side of Main Street.  There is a car park.
14th January
Please be aware that the balance for the tour will be due sometime in April the date is tbc. Please return your indemnity forms as soon as possible. We will now fly from Heathrow Airport on the 27th July and there will be a bus which will leave Bluecoats school to take us there.  

Social on February 2nd
To be held at Wollaton Church Hall at 7.30pm. Please get your ticket(s) for the social from Kate Brown from next Sunday
Kidsophonic Concert 
December 20th 2008 Kidsophonic concert. Other details to follow.
Contact Details
If any member of the ensemble needs to change there contact details then there are now new forms for you to fill in which you can obtain on Sunday mornings.

22nd December
Please can everyone get to the Albert Hall for 8.30am, and help carry in the percussion.
13th January 08  will be our first rehearsal back in the New Year. Please can everyone get there for 9am onwards to start playing at the latest 9.30am.  
1st December
The concert went really well on Saturday - well done to everyone who took part, and many thanks to David for his final concert with us. 

Sunday 9th and 16th December
Please be aware that the 9th and 16th December we will be rehearsing for the Kidsophonic concert and therefore all NWE members will be rehearsing in the main building with the Orchestra. Please can everyone get there for 9am.
David Machell final concert
Photo - PT Graphics 
27th November

Important Announcement
David Machell has informed us that he will be giving up his position as conductor shortly. The 1st December will be our last performance with David. I am sure that you will thank him for all the effort and time he has put into our ensemble, and wish him good luck for the future. I am sure he will be greaty missed.
Concert on the 1st December
Please could everyone be at the Bluecoat Recital Hall from 5.30pm onwards
Workshop on the January 27th 
Held at Bluecoat Recital Hall for the all members of Nottingham Symphonic Winds this will be a full day of rehearsal and sectional tuition, working with specialist tutors and conductor Keiron Anderson on works for wind orchestra. The day will finish with an informal concert starting at 6pm for half an hour. The cost to members for this event is £10 which is needed asap. Lunch is not included so you will need to bring a packed lunch. More details here.
The sectional tutors are as follows
David Campbell - Clarinet
Meyrick Alexander - Bassoon
Alistair Parnell - Sax
Ian Wright - Percussion
Clare Southworth - Flute
Gerald Douglas - Trumpet
Colin Sneade - low brass
Jonathan Small - Oboe
Richard Bissal - Horn tbc
This workshop day will be also open to outside players that have reached a minimum standard Grade 5. The cost for them to participate will be £25. 

19th November
Concert Dress
The concert dress for the ensemble will remain the same until the New Year
Ladies will wear:
A white blouse with a long black skirt
Black tights and black shoes
We will wear the normal scarves
Men's uniform is to stay the same
In the New Year we will have a new concert dress
A black blouse with three quarter length or long sleeves
A long black skirt
Black tights
Black shoes
Red scarves (supplied)
The men will be dressed the same as currently but with a red tie  
 For those of you who are going on the tour to Austria deposits of £100 per person is needed by the 17th December please 
You need to arrange your own travel insurance and complete and return the insurance form to Margaret as soon as possible.
27th January 2008 - there will be a workshop at Bluecoat School for all players. More Information to follow.

7th November
News item and review now available here
Photographs now available here
From Margaret:  Dave and I would like to thank everyone for a most fantastic evening. Superb playing by both groups and a fabulous nostalgia trip for us and the many friends of NSW. Horovitz, Woolfenden, Hinton, Billing and many others sent you their best wishes for many more successful years. Everyone plays an important part in this organisation and that's what makes it the success that it is today. We are both so proud to be a part of it.  Thank you all for the wonderful gifts, we will always treasure them.
4th November
Great concert last night!
30th October
Planning meeting for NWE on Sunday 18th November 2007
As many helpers as possible to go to the Albert Hall at 12 noon to help unload the van
12 noon unload and set up
1.30 pm - 2pm rehearsal
5.00 pm - 6.00 pm refreshments
6.30 pm meet in full concert dress (see below)
7.00 pm concert
9.30 pm help pack away
10.00 pm (approx bar) and celebratory cake!
25th October
Concert Dress for 3rd November
The ladies will wear a white shirt type blouse with a collar which has to be buttoned up at the front, and the sleeves have to be three quarter or a long length.
A long black skirt which cannot be above the calf. Black tights and black shoes. We will be wearing the original scarf at this moment in time. The colour of the scarf is to be changed very shortly.
Men's dress is unchanged.
17th September
Now is the time to decide if you are going on the tour.  You must confirm by next week!
Thanks to everyone for participating in the elections yesterday, it's a new process for us so now we've done it once should be straightforward next time.  To confirm the outcome of the elections:
  • NSW Chair - Nicola Pennill
  • NSW Secretary - Margaret Frogson
  • NSW Treasurer - David Wesker
  • NSWO representative - Trevor Vivien
  • NWE representative - Elisabeth Pywell

The new committee will meet shortly but in the meantime if you want to know what everyone will be doing you can look at the role descriptions here.

Commiserations to those people who stood but weren't successful. A special mention should of course go to Bill who has done the treasurer role so ably for so long - naturally he will be thanked 'officially' in due course for all his years of service and his contribution in making sure NSW is financially viable. 

14th September
Sunday 16th is first rehearsal and includes election of new committee.  The process will be explained on the day, but all current members will be entitled to vote for the following positions where more than one nomination has been received:
  • NSW Chair
  • NSW Secretary
  • NSW Treasurer
  • NSWO representative
  • NWE representative

Full details of the roles and descriptions are available here (click to download)

10th June
  • Tour 2008 will be to Salzburg - please sign up if you are interested, more details and prices to follow

November 2006 - March 2007
2nd April

NWE Clifton

 Photo - PT Graphics
Thanks everyone for a very succesful concert on Saturday which raised £600 for the church.
20th March
For concert on March 31st:

Directions: -From Nottingham: A52 over CliftonBridge, right under the underpass onto A453, First left at traffic Lights, Church on Right hand side of the 1st Roundabout St Francis.

Any problems telephone Margaret on 0115 9410543 before 2:30 and 07783381482 after 2:30pm

Full concert Dress:- MEN

Black trousers and shirts (long sleeve), black shoes and socks. Bow tie to be provided.


Black skirt – calf/long length, black concert shoes, blouse to match one colour in scarf – scarf provided.

Will members please remember to fill in the diary if they are not available for concerts or rehearsals – in advance – as this helps us plan correctly and return music to either Band or Windblowers as it may be needed in your absence.
June 23rd - playing at 11am
9th January
The Christmas Kidsophonic concert was a great success, and sold 470 tickets, making a good profit for the group. See concert report, and photos available here.
Maxine in the band is doing a charity relay channel swim in the summer - she has prize draw tickets for sale

19th December
Sian Arnsby is now officially a wrinkly!
Sian Wrinkly
Photo - Paul Tombs
Here she is being presented with her 'certificate of wrinkliness' by Alistair.  A proud moment! 
 4th December
No rehearsal Sunday 10th December
Kidsophonic rehearsal Sunday 17th December please arrive at 9 am for setting up and prompt start!
24th November

From David...


A huge thank you and well done to all who made the Farnsfield event such a musical –and social – and financial – success! …and how lovely to be in a church that isn’t bone-achingly freezing! OK, we were a bit cramped, but that’s hardly a new experience. I am amazed at how people managed to find enough space to breathe enough to get a sound at all…


As always, a big, grateful thank you to Margaret, with Helen and Angela from the band and Nick ‘The Van’ for quickly and efficiently setting up and dismantling. We’d be stuck without their energy and commitment!


Our special thanks and appreciation go to the percussion section for imprisoning our organist, Ian Bevell. He is a dangerous character and best kept closely confined! Seriously though, his ‘Joshua fit de battle’ was a highlight for me, even though I did my best to skip his item altogether – thanks to Margaret for silently signaling ‘you’ve forgotten the organ solo!’.


As I said at the rehearsal the following morning, the gold medal for heroism goes to the clarinet section as a whole, who tackled the fiendish ‘Shelter Island’ and miraculously brought it off. Well done!


Actually, ‘heroic’ sums up the band's approach to the whole concert. I love the commitment of the ensemble – once the adrenalin flows, amazing things happen. I don’t think I’ve ever heard Arkansas Traveller at that speed before!


Thank you all for tolerating yet another Machell arrangement – the ‘South African Freedom Song’ was everything I hoped for – vigorous and defiant, as befits its origins.


Our Soprano was up against it – no sight line to the organist, plus whiplash from a car accident and a rotten head cold – but many people have told me how moving they found her contribution. Thank you, Carmel Edwards!


Best wishes to Jo, David and Matt who are moving to the Main Band! Their talents will be seriously missed. They will always be welcome as returnees, as are the band of faithful supporters from ‘the other lot’ who give freely of their time to come and have a blow with us. Again, we’d up a creek without a paddle if we lost their support.


Spring Programme:

Concert on March 31. DON’T MISS FINAL REHEARSAL 25th March!

The theme is ‘Mostly Stateside’ – a collection of Music from across the pond, with contrasting items from other cultures. Steven Spielberg’s ‘Into the West’ will be fresh in our minds as we play tunes from America.


Swiss festival Overture (Sparke) – brass fanfares echoing across the Alps!

Shelter Island (Hess) – by the way, did you know that Hess writes the music for ‘New Tricks’ on BBC1?

Serenade (Dvorak arr Hopper) - Dvorak, one of the first European exports to the US.

Russian Sailor’s Dance – hoist the mainbrace, tovarisch!

Mamma Mia – quality glamour from Sweden

The Blue and the Gray – soundtrack to the Civil War.

Pirates of the Caribbean – I might need a Depp for this item. DEPP!! Oh, sorry.

Cole Porter – simply wunderbar, so kiss me, Kate!

Hungarian Dance (Brahms) Hungarians were recently voted the most integrated US immigrants – here is a tribute to their European roots.

St Louis Blues March – at last, some decent Jazz

Oklahoma. Or rather OOOOOOOOOklahoma, enough said.

Stars and Stripes March (Sousa). John Philip netted about $300K for this one, so it’s a worthy ender.


Here’s a to a great Spring Season!

David Machell

15th October 2006
NSWO leaflets are now available, please take one (or more if you have a good place to distribute).
Tickets available now for November 12th (NSWO), November 18th (NWE), 9th December (NSWO), 23rd December (Kids, NSW).
Paul Tombs has photos for sale from the tour - see Pat
There will be a Horn Day at the University on March 25th 2007
If you haven't paid subs please do so immediately
Rayburn have paid a refund for people who had to share in threes on tour due to room shortages
No rehearsal next week
Clocks go back on 29th October
8th October 2006
Players needed: Flute, Clarinet, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion
  Rehearsal on 22nd October – CANCELLED FOR BOTH GROUPS
October 29th – CLOCKS GO BACK 1 HOUR – everyone gets an extra hour in bed
6th October 2006
Playing opportunities...
Mike Parker is playing in South Pacific for the NOWMADS group at KimberleySchool on 25th - 28th October. They require a flute player and a trumpeter if anyone is interested. There are a couple of rehearsals to be attended too.  If you are interested email Mike
Or singing...
The band that Jon Oldershaw and Mike play in are looking for a singer at the moment. They play rock music but are " very melodic, not that heavy."  Mike can provide more details if anyone wants to know more.
25th September
Margaret wins special award!  We always knew she was great - now she does too.  Margaret has won the Lady Hilary Groves prize, awarded annually by Making Music.  This prestigious prize, a certificate signed by Making Music's patron, the Duchess of Kent, is to be presented annually to an individual of a Making Music member society making an outstanding contribution to Music in the community.  The award will be made publicly at an NSWO concert later in the season.
Why Margaret here.
14th September - Details of session rehearsals and forthcoming concert
Hello everyone and welcome back for what promises to be an exciting new season!
I have known Patrick Stevens, the driving force behind the Naganda Project, for several years, and, with Ian Bevill, I have put on concerts for the project.  Briefly, the project has established, supplied and supported a school in a difficult area of Uganda, and as a result hundreds of pupils have had a decent education, something we in the West take for granted. It is a pleasure to be part of this good work, and I am proud of bringing the Ensemble to support it.

We start with the English Suite of Clare Grundman, as a sort of ‘starting point’: here we are in England, looking outwards to the world. The next piece, a Bach Chorale (always worth playing in its own right) is included as the ‘quiet, thoughtful’ piece that gets us focused on our purpose. The German text talks of regret and repentance – a chance to acknowledge mistakes and do things differently in the future. A touch of Italian Opera next, with Nessun Dorma – the final text ‘vincero’meaning ‘I will succeed!’ – a very suitable message for the night. A chance for a little rest for our lips – but not our ears – as we welcome our guest Ian Bevill on the organ. Shortly we shall be heading for the relentless heat of Africa, but as a contrast, we pay a visit to ShelterIsland in a misty seascape by that genius of film Nigel Hess. We finish the first half with one of the great hits of the Garda trip – Finnegan’s Wake – as a farewell to the Northern Hemisphere.

The second half starts us on our travels with a nostalgic train journey on the Coronation Scot, and we disembark not at Waterloo but right in the African bush, with music from the Lion King. Next, a South African freedom Song. I learned this at a singing workshop – it is a song much chanted at the barricades in the evil apartheid period of South Africa’s past, and it is a song of courage in the face of seemingly overwhelming opposition – a suitable message for our programme which I could not resist arranging for Band. Next our Soprano Solo (guest Carmel Edwards) with Ian on the organ sings ‘Worlds Apart’ – a song I wrote with Val for our ActionAid concerts. ‘Together we can make the desert bloom’, goes the lyric. Meryl Streep fans have a treat with Barry’s evocative music from Out of Africa, and we finish with the awesome African Symphony. Time (and audience response!) permitting, we might allow ourselves an Encore - Maple Leaf Rag!
Rehearsal Schedule
 17 Sept First half, ie: English / Chorale / Nessun / Shelter / Finnegan

24 Sept Second Half, ie: Coronation / Lion / SAFreedom /Out of Africa / African Symph / Maple Leaf

1 Oct: First Half

8 Oct: Second Half

15 Oct: First Half

22 Oct: Second Half (David away – in Gambia, supporting another project!!)

29 Oct: First Half (David away)

5 Nov; Second Half

12 Nov: Tops and tails

13th September

Back on Sunday 17th September! 
Don't forget to return your forms (if you haven't already) and to pay subs for the year.


[14 August] Details of NSW Summer Picnic/Rounders Match
When: Sunday 20th August 2006
Where: Wollaton Park (from 1 pm), meet on the slope between the lake and the hall, then later to the Wheelhouse pub from about 5pm
What:  Picnic, rounders, general hanging out
Who: Everyone!  Bring families and friends, even pets are welcome
Why?:  Why ever not?
Contact: If you are coming later or want to check the fine print contact Gill Colley on 07754 197788
What if it rains?:  There will be a contingency plan brought into play.  Don't know what yet but will probably involve a pub or other structure with a roof. 
[10 August]
If you went on the tour and haven't completed the feedback questionnaire, it's not too late!  Click here to give your personal feedback.
8th August 2006
Review of Daybrook concert by Olive at St Paul's published in the 'News and Reviews' section of the main site
Player Vacancies
If you are a woodwind, brass or percussion player we are always interested to hear from you.
NSWO - We are currently looking for  Percussion.
NWE - We are currently looking for players in all sections for the new term.
Phone Margaret on 0115 9410543