At the heart of Bacchus's existence is the fact that we play because we enjoy performing challenging repertoire to a high standard, and we aim to communicate this to our audiences.
For our indoor concerts we tend to choose music written originally for wind orchestra: from well-known classical composers such as Grainger and Vaughan Williams, and also contemporary masters of the genre such as Philip Sparke, Guy Woolfenden and Nigel Hess.
We also enjoy tackling well-written arrangements of some quite challenging orchestral works - Bacchus recently undertook a recording session that included Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet suite.
The summer months see the orchestra performing outdoors at bandstands around
the south east of England, and for these venues some of the subtleties of
orchestration can be lost behind the general background noise of trees, cars and
children (and rain!). So on these occasions we supplement our programme with
some popular classics: suites from film scores and musicals, the odd
military march or two, and one of our more recent acquisitions, Singin'
in the Rain.
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