I am quite excited to play in a brass quintet again, especially with members of the BBC Elstree Concert Band whom I’ve played with occasionally.  The concert is part of a marathon evening of music making in aid of Children in Need which has been organised by the BBC Club.  The BBC Club was founded in 1924 as a private members club and has been a part of BBC Life for over 80 years. Today the Club is the heart of social unity within the BBC.

I have previously attended rehearsals with the BBC Ariel Big Band at the marvellous BBC Maida Vale studios and I play on the BBC Elstree Concert band CD recording (available for purchase here)

The running is as follows:-

1800 BBC Ariel Orchestra – Beethoven 5 / Mozart Horn concerto

1815 String Quartet – BBC News
1830 French chanson, a capella trio – BBC News
1840 Opera arias, – BBC I&A
1850 Organ Recital, BBC Music TV

1900 BBC Ariel Orchestra – Lyadov 8 Russian Folk Songs
1920 Lute/Soprano – BBC Music Television / Radio2
1925 Clarinet duo,  – BBC Music Television
1930 Brass Quintet from BBC Elstree Concert Band 
1945 Soprano + piano, – BBC Tours

2000 BBC Ariel Orchestra – Grieg Piano Concerto
2030 String Ensemble, featuring BBC editors and orchestral management
2040 Voice + piano, big band tunes, Mark from BBC Marketing & Audiences
2050 Viola solo, –  BBC Legal
2055 Sax spirituals/jazz,  – BBC Security

2100 BBC Ariel Orchestra – Night on the Bare Mountain
2115 END


The brass quintet have proposed to play the following (to be decided at Monday’s rehearsal!)


  • Marc Charpentier: Prelude from “Te Deum”
  • Trad: Londonderry Air
  • Percy Grainger: Shepherd’s Hey
  • Hoagy Carmichael: Stardust
  • John Wasson: Curtain Call


For more information and details of the concert, see the BBC Club website.