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The B.B.C. Elstree Concert Band
The BBC Elstree Concert Band was founded by flautist Ian Marshall and gave its first public concert at the BBC’s Elstree Studios in July 1987.
The audience was a modest one but included, crucially, the Mayor of Elstree and Borehamwood and the Town Council’s Entertainments Officer.
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Their support over subsequent years has been vital to the band’s development. Indeed, Elstree and Borehamwood remains very much our spiritual home and we regularly give concerts there.
The continued development of the Band into the versatile and entertaining ensemble you will hear today is down to the inspirational and energetic leadership of two people: the founding Musical Director, Mike Crisp, and the current Musical Director, Andrew Morley.
Mike Crisp was a pillar of the BBC’s TV Training Department and composer of a considerable amount of music for television programmes. He assumed the responsibilities of Musical Director from a very early stage and continued for many wonderful years until his departure for pastures new in France.
His successor, Andrew Morley, has continued to take the band from strength to strength, pushing players to new levels with great exuberance! Over the twenty-plus years of our existence we have played at a wide range of venues in and around London, including the Elstree and Maida Vale Studios,
St James’s Church Piccadilly, Millfield Theatre, Allum Hall and Dorchester and Westminster Abbeys. We have also given concerts further afield in France and Germany. The band has provided music for several major BBC documentaries and for The Voice of the Listener events.
The latest recording was for a Radio 3 programme on the music of Charles Ives that was broadcast in January as part of the “Discovering Music” series. Each year we also organise concerts in support of charitable organisations.
The band is delighted to have as its Honary President, Jimmy Perry, OBE.
Musical Director Andrew Morley
Andrew studied conducting and orchestration with Denis McCaldin at Lancaster University and subsequently won the Hertford Choral Scholarship to study with Peter Stark at Trinity College of Music, London. Having graduated with distinction,
winning the Ricordi Conducting Prize, he is now in demand as a teacher and conductor in and around London and the South-East.
Andrew started his career as director and co-director of many ensembles in Lancaster, including symphony and chamber orchestras, chamber ensembles as well as choirs, choral groups and wind ensembles. He has a particular interest in twentieth century orchestral music and is the composer of Incidental Music to Frehlings Erwachen, Time Transfixed, and more recently Six Miniatures for chamber ensemble.
In recognition of his success at the Trinity School of Music, Andrew was chosen as their entry for the intercollegiate Harriet Cohen Mememorial Awards. In February 2004, Andrew was awarded First Prize at the Alianz-Cornhill Insurance Conducting Competition (formely British Reserve Competition), having received unanimous votes from both jury and orchestra.
Recent work includes a charity performance of Stockhausen's rarely performed Gruppen for three orchestras; an appearance with the National Youth Orchestra Sinfonietta at the Lake District Summer Festival; and Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with David Owen Norris.
In addition he has worked with film and television composer Debbie Wiseman and conductor Barry Wordsworth as part of Junior Trinity's centenary celebrations Andrew has held teaching posts at Lancaster University, Trinity College of Music and Oxford Brookes University and currently works with the Junior Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul's Sinfonia and the Southampton University Sinfonietta.
Applicants should be of a minimum grade 8 standard with first class experience, and available for regular Monday evening rehearsals.
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