Our next concert will be the last in our 2012/13 series and will bring together our years work.  Doors open at 7 p.m. And the concert starts at 7.15 on the evening of Monday 15 July.  The programme will include a wide variety of light classical and popular music which will be ideal to get everyone in the mood for summer.  Entry is free (retiring collection) and complimentary refreshments will be available during the interval.

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Da Capo Winds is a friendly concert band for adults and children.  We are based in Yateley (North East Hampshire) and serve Camberley, Farnborough, Aldershot, Farnham, Basingstoke and the surrounding areas as well as Yateley itself.  We even have members that live as far away as Guildford and Whitehill (near Bordon).  Unlike many bands we do not follow a busy programme of engagements.  Our aim is to “Pursue Musical Excellence” and have a good time doing it.  To this end each rehearsal starts with a musicianship training session that helps us all to improve underlying skills like tuning, musical balance, the ability to play better together etc.  We only carry out a limited number of engagements so that we have enough time to work on the quality of the music we perform.  Our concerts usually take place on a Monday evening with the exception of our Christmas concert which is scheduled for a Saturday afternoon late in December.

Our Spring concert was a great success.  The evening started with the premier of “Fanfare March” for clarinet choir written by band member Sara Doodnath.  The whole band then came on stage to continue the programme with a rendition of the beautiful “Air Pathetique” by Beethoven.  “I dreamed a dream” was served up as a Flugel Horn solo featuring Graham Shipp and the first half came to a close with music by Mussorsky in the guise of “Pictures at an Exhibition”.  Following some much appreciated interval refreshments the second half got of to a great start with a rousing performance of “The Final Countdown”.  Tenor Sax player Rob Curry was featured playing “Blue Moon” and the concert came to a climax with a selection of music from the ever popular “Glen Miller”.  Two band members had a go with the baton as part of the ongoing aim to help everyone improve their personal musical skills.  Amy Goodison conducted the Beatles number “Yellow Submarine” while Carole Chamberlain took the band through their paces with the lovely “Minuet” by Boccerini.  By the end of the evening it was clear that both audience and band had enjoyed a great evening of music making.  We all have a couple of weeks off now for Easter and then it will be a case of working on a new programme in preparation for our summer concert.