|Dec 12th 2010
||We had a most enjoyable concert on the 10th, and the next things to look out for will be the New Year Meal, and the start of rehearsals in January.
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
|Dec 5th 2010
|| The planned concert for Saturday 11th December at the Queen Alexandra College has been cancelled.
New Year Meal -- This will be held again at the Garden House, Hagley Road, on Friday 7th January 2011 starting at 7.00 pm.
Rehearsals begin on Friday 14th January 2011.
|April 5th 2010
||On EASTER MONDAY...as part of InterChat10 we are playing at The City Sings, 4pm, 5th April, Adrian
Boult Hall Paradise Place, Birmingham B3 3HG
Tickets (£3/£5) available from Birmingham Box Office
at Birmingham Central Library or www.birminghamboxoffice.com or 0121 303 2323
||...because of the New Year meal on 8th Jan, the 1st
rehearsal of 2010 will be on FRIDAY 15th JANUARY, check
out the schedule for more info.
||The New Year meal will be held on Friday 8th January
2010 at 'The Garden House', Hagley Road, Edgbaston, 7 for 7:30
||All information for the upcoming concert is available
in the flier
||Autumn term dates have been added to the Rehearsal
||Spring and Summer Term Dates
with more rehearsal details available here.
|September 22nd 2008
Artsfest Report from 21st
After a summer of rain Artsfest was a lovely day, and most of Birmingham
seemed to be out to take advantage of it.
Chris and Richard set up our stall on New Street at about
10:30, next door to the stalls of several similar music groups (we
were well away from the Kerrang! Stage this year!). A steady trickle
of people called in and left their contact details, and with luck
we will pick up some new members...
Other Orchestra members were very good about keeping the stall manned,
freed Chris and I up for the comeback of last year's Wind Quintet.
With Tracey, Ian and Pat we had been practising hard over the summer,
and felt well enough prepared for our gig at the City Inn Café.
Once we got there (a long walk up from New Street through the Artsfest
crowds) it turned out to be a very pleasant venue, though with access
to the open air a light breeze threatened havoc with the music.
We got ourselves settled, a decent audience sat round the tables,
and we played our set. Everything seemed to go well, and Scott Joplin's
evergreen Entertainer got a good clap at the end. We agreed it was
more relaxed and enjoyable than last year.
However, our day's work was not done! Pat had signed us up to play
at the Botanical Gardens in the evening, as background during the
drinks reception preceding the Focus charity dinner. This was fine
– a nice place to play, and as no-one was really listening
we could get away with murder – in the form of 'Mozart's Turkey
Rock Mambo'! Failing light stopped playing, and we packed up and
went home after a long day.
Some Artsfest "Fotos"
are available here
|September 13th 2008
Lets hope that Saturday proves dry! Harborne Orchestra has
a stand at Artsfest (number 59, located down from Victoria square
in New Street - the pedestrianised area), and members of the orchestra
will be on the stall from 11am - 6pm. Please come along and have
a chat if you have thought about joining a local orchestra in the
The quintet ( Richard - Clarinet, Tracey - flute, Iain -Oboe, Pat
Collins - French Horn, and me - bassoon) will be playing in the
City Inn Cafe (Brindley Place) from 3pm -3.30pm, and in the evening
at the Botanical gardens from 7pm - around 8pm for the Focus Gala
We hope you enjoyed the 'summer' break and are ready and raring
to get back into the Autumn (what a thought, it can't be Autumn
already can it?) term programme. Harborne Orchestra return back
to QAC for rehearsals on Friday
If you are looking for an orchestra to join, having thought about
it over the summer holidays please do get
in touch, it would be great to see you at one of the rehearsals
- just come along and give it a try!
|June 28th 2008
Harborne orchestra [go on
tour] in aid of NORSACA
Harborne have been approached to do a concert in aid of the above
charity. Pat and the Committee felt it was a good idea, new territory,
people etc. as the concert will be held in Nottingham
and start at 7pm, probably comprising two 45min halves, with a 1/2hour
break in between. It will either be held on Sunday 23/11/08 or 30/11/08.
Check back here to find out the final details! A tour bus will,
of course, be provided! [and only the brass will be allowed to sit
at the back... some things never change!]
|June 20th 2008
||Summer Concert information
and Autumn Term dates
|January 11th 2008
||New Year - New Term
The rehearsal schedule
is now updated. Please make every effort to attend each rehearsal
as it is such a short term.
|January 4th 2008
||New Year Meal
29 members of the orchestra, along with some partners, went
to Valentino's in Harborne for a 'New Year Meal' on 4th January. It
was a lovely evening and great to catch up with a large number of
the orchestra in advance of the start of the new term. Special thanks
go to Chris Quince for organising a very enjoyable night.
|December 10th 2007
Spring Term off to a Flier...
We hope you enjoy the Christmas break and are looking foward
to starting afresh in the New Year. A small flier with the details
of the first rehearsal of 2008 and the orchestra's
New Year meal is available here.
|November 22nd 2007
Please come and join us for our Winter
Concert on Friday 7th December at St. Mary's Harborne.
|Sept 28th 2007
The Chairman's Report
The 2007 Chairman's report highlights the 3 key areas the
orchestra has put its energy into this year.
- Performing concerts at three venues
- Moving to a new rehearsal venue, Queen Alexandra College
- Representing ourselves at Birmingham Artsfest by manning a stall
The full report can be found here.(23kb
|Sept 17th 2007
Thanks mainly to the dynamism of Treasurer Chris, the Harborne
Orchestra was represented at Artsfest ('The UK's biggest free arts
The orchestra had a stall
and a wind quintet had volunteered for some late summer rehearsals
in order to give a 30 min. performance. On the day the first job was
to set up (after first finding) the stall. The location was very central,
right opposite the Council House, but also right in the blast zone
of the Kerrang stage!! Steady interest was shown throughout the day,
when we weren't being deafened, and a goodly number of contact details
were collected. With luck these will generate some new members, and
just our existence was registered by many more.
A nervous quintet met up at the Water Hall and got warmed up –
though a few punters wandered upstairs thinking these marvellous sounds
were the performance! Down in the Hall itself we played through our
programme – miscellaneous dances, two movements from Handel's
Water Music and a Mozart Divertimento – to a reasonably sizeable
and apparently appreciative audience. The setting was very nice, apart
from the incredibly gloomy paintings behind us – part of a Jane
After the performance
it remained only to return to the stall, endure the final Kerrang
band, then pack up. Thanks very much Chris for being the driving force
behind it all!
|Sept 14th 2007
||Harborne Orchestra at Birmingham
ArtsFest Saturday 15th September
We are participating in ArtsFest
this year, in order to raise the profile of the orchestra and attract
new members. Our participation consists of a stall and a performance
(a condition of getting a stall). The performance will be
a wind quintet, performing in the Water Hall from 4:30 to 5:00
– Mozart, Handel and some dances (maybe a string ensemble next
year?). The 'AskIt!' stall is number 46 in the upper half
of New Street. Get
your ArtsFest flier here... (102kb pdf )
|Sept 7th 2007
The new year starts on Friday 7th! We look forward to seeing
all the existing members back, and if you are thinking about joining
an orchestra please do come along and have a play with Harborne Orchestra
- there is no obligation to come again, but hopefully you'll enjoy
it and want to!! That's what happened to me 4 years ago... Get
your New Term Flier, here (or as
a pdf ).
|July 13th 2007
||Summer Concert Review!
We played our Summer Concert at Saint Mary's Church, Bearwood,
and were made very welcome as usual. In the rehearsal we made a serious
effort to generate photography of the orchestra in action, the fruits
of which may be seen elsewhere on the website.
The evening of the concert itself was typical of much of the early
'summer', with pouring rain. A good audience turned up, however, and
the atmosphere was very warm. The programme opened with an old favourite,
Rossini's overture to The Barber of Seville, and continued the recent
Gilbert and Sullivan theme with a selection from The Pirates of Penzance.
Sadly, Catriona's plan to entertain us with a movement from Brahms'
second clarinet sonata were thwarted by her accompanist having to
pull out. However, we are all looking forward to her playing the Mozart
Concerto with us next term.
The evening finished with a performance of Beethoven's First Symphony.
We had all enjoyed rehearsing this marvellous music and felt well
prepared. On the night everything seemed to go well and there were
complimentary comments from an appreciative audience afterwards. These
great classical symphonies seem to bring out the best in us, and we
look forward to Haydn's Clock next term.
|March 18th 2007
We are changing our rehearsal
From the 20th April 2007 we will be rehearsing at the Queen
Alexandra College for the Blind on Court Oak Road. More information,
links to maps and transport information is available here.
|June 3rd 2006
||Harborne Orchestra Plays at
Winterbourne Gardens Edwardian Fete The Harborne Orchestra
gathered at the Winterbourne Botanic Gardens of the University of
Birmingham, having been invited to play a 45 minute set as part of
the annual Edwardian Fete. Although the Chairman and several other
members had sworn never to play outside again, the occasion went off
very happily. The weather was gorgeous, but a huge tree provided ample
shade for everybody. The chairs sank a little into the soft ground,
and music had to be well pegged to the stands to prevent it blowing
away, but the setting made the effort worthwhile. An appreciative
audience heard us play an appropriately light programme whose main
pieces were Vaughan Williams' Suite on English Folk Songs and Mozart's
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Everybody enjoyed themselves and we hope to
be asked again next year. (see some
photos of this concert)
|October 7th 2005
||Sue Swims the Channel
Trumpeter Sue Bibby made it into the Evening Mail as she completed
her cross-channel swim at Cocks Moors Woods pool this week and amazingly
after all the exertion Sue still had enough energy to play at this
week's rehearsal. The full article can be read here.
Well done Sue - great achievement!
|October 1st 2005
||Hold the front page - 'Trombones
accused of playing too quietly!'
The trombones were accused of being quieter than the clarinets (even
the oboe!) on Friday, but rose to the insult with a fine chorale that
really showed Pat not to push
his luck with them in future. How could he possibly question the power
of the trombone player's diaphragms??
|September 16th 2005
The AGM was held on 16th Sept, the minutes
and financial report
are now available.
To Jo and Jill, both of whom have given birth to twins in recent
weeks, from all at the orchestra! Rumour has it that they are already
being lined up to contribute to the viola and cello sections - is
there any truth in this? What's wrong with a wind instrument I hear
||The Summer Concert
The summer concert at St Mary's, Bearwood was really well supported
and received with a programme focusing on some popular advert themes
in the first half followed by Schubert's Unfinished Symphony in the
second. There were some lovely solos including a beautiful display
of Oboe playing by Ian Roe and it was great to finish a positive year
for the orchestra on a high!
|March 18th 2005
The Spring Concert
As well as featuring soloist Eleanor
Robson playing a lovely recital of Mendelssohn’s Violin
Concerto the concert also included a guest appearance by the Birmingham
Bassoon Choir. It's not often that you get to hear a 12 piece bassoon
choir before the interval and a violin concerto afterwards, but
both performances, as well as that of the orchestra, were excellent
and provided a lot of enjoyment to the audience.
|January 17th 2005
Christmas concert photos
added, see them here...
|December 10th 2004
The concert was held at St Mary's Church Harborne and featured some
performances in conjunction with the Harborne Primary School choir
as part of a varied programme. The
choir performed fantastically which really inspired the orchestra
to give their best performance of the term. The mixed programme attracted
a good audience and the orchestra is now looking forward to entertaining
as many people at the spring concert on 18th March 2005.
||New website launched!
September saw the publication of this new website. Its aim is to provide
information to current members - rehearsal schedules, concert programmes
and photo galleries for example, as well as being an advertising mechanism
for the orchestra as a whole, publicising what we do and attracting
new members. If you have content that you would like to contribute
please get in contact.
||Start of Autumn
10th September saw the start of the Autumn term. We were pleased to
see some new members join and hope
that they enjoy playing with the orchestra.
||Annual committee meeting
The annual committee meeting was held at the Martineau Centre.
The chairman's statement was presented and the accounts for the year
detailed. Minutes will be published here in due course.
The summer concert took place at Selly Oak Methodist Church. The programme
featured a performance by the Clarinet choir and brass quintet made
its debut performance!
||Harborne Orchestra call in
Harborne Orchestra appointed former Royal Marines Bandmaster Patrick
Ryan as their Conductor. Read more...