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Conductor Bob Kennedy


 

London Concert Band 2015 - 2016 Concert Season is now complete. Watch this space for 2016 - 2017 concert dates.

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More than flowers bloom in May

What better time for making merry than May, the month most about re-birth and growth? 

And by the time Spring starts turning to Summer – and the hoary polar vortex is reduced to a smudge on everyone’s memory - it’ll be almost too late to raucously celebrate that sweetest of months.  Quick!  Cue the band:  the London Concert Band, that is.

LCB’s conductor, Robert Kennedy, says the program for the band’s last-Sunday-in-May concert, called May Merriment, is a musical potpourri,  ranging from Big Band Swing to the sound of a Brazilian Samba, from serene music inspired by precise Japanese art to some pounding and penetrating percussion solos, to a laughable and “downright silly, but demanding” Leroy Anderson composition about an enjoyable “waltzing cat”.
 
Mr. Kennedy adds there are also arrangements providing for reflection and “fostering thoughts about uncertainty and what lies ahead”, for “reviewing Canada’s historical roots”, as well as for an imaginative sighting of impressive tall ships under full sail.  All told, the eclectic nature of the concert brings something to delight and entertain everyone, he says.

Featured percussionists are Mike Carver and Sarah Spinks, both members of the London Concert Band’s rhythm section.

On May 29, 2016, May Merriment, the season ending performance of the London Concert Band, is at the Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas Street East in London’s Old East Village.  Doors open at 1:30 pm; downbeat is 2 pm.  Admission is $10 for adults;  $5 for students and free to children under 10.  Tickets are available from Long & McQuade, Music Aid and at the door.

 

 

London Concert Band welcomes rising star!

Kiwanis Festival winner Fiona Robson returns to London to feature in Starburst 4, with London Concert Band at Aeolian Hall at 2 pm on Sunday, February 28. Fiona will perform the 1980 Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra by Friedrich Gulda, which combines a number of Gulda’s musical passions--jazz and rock--with the more traditional polka, march and minuet. It offers our soloist huge opportunity for improvisation. Fiona is currently in the music performance program at McGill University studying with Matt Haimovitz. And it offers our audience the chance to see and hear a star of the future in the intimate ambience of London’s unique Aeolian Hall.

The varied program of this concert features many different rhythms and evokes many spots around the globe. Latin rhythms from Asturias, the ebb and flow of the rivers of Babylon, trombones playing the blues, a post-storm sunburst, cool moves in Choreography—all these are combined with Canadian folk songs, a march, and a polka. Your feet won’t stop moving all afternoon! Join us and conductors Robert Kennedy and Donald Clark for an excellent adventure in live music.

Tickets are $10, $5 for students, and under 10 free, available at Long & McQuade, Music Aid, 433-3385, and at the door.

Come out and hear our playlist—it truly rocks!