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Wind Orchestra / Concert Band
South London Symphonic Winds (Incorporating Southwark Concert Band) are based in Brixton. We are a wind band playing a wide range of classical arrangements, marches, popular music, and modern pieces.
Our principal aim is to create an environment in which a diverse set of people of all ages and backgrounds have fun making music together!
The band performs regularly around London and further afield. We have recently played at Central Hall Westminster, Trafalgar Square, the Imperial War Museum, and the London Marathon – as well as many local community events. We have recently enjoyed a successful tour to Reims in France and plan to tour again soon, as well as having an annual trip to Brighton!
There is no entry audition or any other restriction to joining; players find their own level, with solo opportunities for those who want them. Everyone is also encouraged to contribute to the organisation of the group, which attracts people from all walks of life.
Membership is by subscription, and, under the professional musical direction of Bob Bridges, we strive for the highest standards. Most importantly, SLSW aims to create an environment in which people have fun making music and socialising and sharing this with audiences locally and further afield.
Please do get in touch if you would like to know more. We hope to see you soon!
The bandstand in The Regent's Park is located on Holme Green, between the boating lake and Inner Circle. It was moved from Richmond Park to The Regent's Park in the 1970s.
The Regent’s Park combines large open spaces with tree-lined pathways, formal gardens, and four children’s playgrounds. It has excellent sports facilities, and contains central London’s largest outdoor sports area.
Walk through the elegant flowerbeds in the Avenue Gardens, see more than 12,000 roses in Queen Mary’s Gardens, or hire a rowing boat and join the ducks on the boating lake. Visit the Open Air Theatre and London Zoo, then take a stroll up Primrose Hill for excellent views of the London skyline.
The park also provides a warm welcome for wildlife. It has a large wetland area and is home to around 100 species of wild bird and a breeding population of hedgehogs.
In 1982, the bandstand was the target of a terrorist attack. The IRA bombed the bandstand on 20th July 1982, killing seven soldiers and injuring 24 others during a concert by the band of the Royal Green Jackets. The bandstand is sometimes called the "Memorial Bandstand" in memory of the dead soldiers. There is a plaque that commemorates the seven bandsmen who were killed.
Two years after the bombing, the composer George Lloyd wrote Royal Parks For Brass Band, the second movement of which, In Memoriam is dedicated to the bandsmen who died. The piece still features in many band repertoires.
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