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Based in West Kent, Bacchus concentrates on music that has been originally written for or arranged for symphonic wind orchestra, as opposed to straightforward transcriptions.
Formerly known as Bacchus Wind Band, we renamed ourselves as Bacchus Wind Orchestra, in recognition of the repertoire that we play, and the style of concerts that we perform.
We generally give formal indoor concerts during the autumn and spring months, and then perform in bandstands throughout the South East of England during the summer.
We welcome anyone who plays a relevant instrument at Grade 7 or 8 or above to contact us if they wish to join us.
The Busiest Bandstand in the UK offering a variety of live musical entertainment with over 140 events each year; from Tribute Shows to 1812 Firework concerts to kids entertainment.
The current bandstand was built in 1935, with its unique semi-circular design and blue domed roof; there is no other like it in the United Kingdom.
It has a main arena, middle and upper balconies and seats for 1,400.
The building of the Bandstand formed part of the main seafront improvements, cost £28,000 to construct and was surmounted with a stainless steel spire. The project engineer was Leslie Rosevere.
The first concerts were given on the 28th July 1935 with a total of 10,400 attending all three concerts and paying 3d each. The Bandstand was officially opened on the 5th August 1935 by the Lord Lieutenant of the county, Lord Leconfield with an audience of 8,000.
For many years the Bandstand has played host to a full programme of concerts and has survived as a musical entertainment venue because of its ever-changing programme, introducing new audiences and new entertainments without forgetting the more popular traditional concerts.
Bad Weather Policy
The stage and parts of the venue are undercover and on average 98% of performances go ahead. Refunds will not be given due to inclement weather unless the event or concert is cancelled by the management.
If a concert or event is cancelled by the management due to adverse weather or any other exceptional circumstances before half of the scheduled concert has taken place then a refund will be offered. Refunds must be claimed with 14 days of the scheduled performance.
Eastbourne Bandstand is a multi-level venue with a maximum licenced capacity of 1600. The main arena can hold a maximum of 700 for a seated event. The middle balcony can hold a maximum of 600 and the upper balcony (no disabled access) can seat a maximum of 300
Access for wheelchair-users is via the promenades; lower and middle. If you have any special access requirements please let us know in advance.
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