Message from the MD – March 2017

As we head into the main concert season of 2017, I am delighted to say that this is a really exciting time for the band. We have a new name, new website, we are growing, both in numbers and in quality, and I think we are beginning to gain a reputation for the quality of our music.

At the end of 2016, we performed our first concert under the name of the City of Glasgow Wind Orchestra (CoGWO), and the response from the audience was as ever, very positive. We had some very encouraging conversations with some members of the audience, conversations that will have, and have already had, a positive impact on the band moving forward.

Our band is now almost at the full complement of players in all sections. Indeed, apart from 3 sections, I would say that we are now full. The wonderful thing is that not only are we full, but we have large attendances most weeks, which I think is down to the relaxed and friendly atmosphere that we aim to create at rehearsals. Plus of course, the random cakes that members bring along for the break! (who doesn’t love a cake??)

So now we are looking forward to a very busy couple of months ahead of us. We will be performing no less than 5 concerts in the space of just 8 weeks (for dates, please see the Concert Dates page), and I am particularly pleased that 3 of those concerts are joint concerts.

We are delighted to renew the acquaintance with Johnstone Band on the 12th May, in what is always a fantastic event.

In addition, we will also collaborate with the wonderful Arrietta, a choir based in Hamilton under the baton of Janet Young. This is a choir that I have been admiring from afar for a few years now since their inception, and I’m really looking forward to hearing their music fill the beautiful church at Renfield St Stephen’s. That will happen on the 19th May.

On the 2nd June, I will be delighted to take the band to play at the school that I am proud to be the Brass teacher at – Bearsden Academy. We currently have 3 pupils from the school within our ranks, and I am really looking forward to having both bands on stage at the same time, playing to each other, and finishing with a massed band performance of an arrangement of my own called The Best Of British. I like to think that what we will be producing that evening will indeed be up there with the best that Britain can provide as far as amateur and school-based music is concerned!

We finish the season with our own Summer Concert at Renfield St Stephen’s Church on the 9th June. As usual, we will be playing a variety of music from all eras and styles, and of course, our famous interval home baking buffet will be available!

So, exciting times ahead. I would be delighted if you can join us for any or more of the concerts we have lined up. Certainly keep an eye on this website and our Soundcloud page, both of which will be being updated regularly from now on. Meanwhile – let the music play!

Martin Thomson