Local Bands and Ensembles
Five Ts Brass
The 5Ts Brass Quintet comprises two trumpets, two trombones and a tuba (5Ts!). These five players met through being members of Trinity Concert Band and/or Woodley concert band. All are very experienced musicians two of whom were professional musicians in the army for many years. As they are now retired or semi-retired, concerts can be given during the day as well as in the evenings. They play arrangements of light classical pieces, folk songs and some more recent popular pieces as well as original compositions for brass ensemble.
The members of the quintet are John Sayer – Trumpet, Phil Graham – Trumpet, Stephen Kerry – Alto Trombone, Dave Robson – Tenor Trombone and Len Tyler – Tuba.
Da Capo Winds
Conducted by Len Tyler, this friendly mixed ability wind band is based in Yateley and covers all ages from primary school to 90 year olds. There is no audition and everyone is welcome. The main aim is to help people meet on a weekly basis to make music together and to improve musical skills. The band performs two public concerts annually where the music they have been working on in showcased. Beginners and those returning after a break are all very welcome, as are more established players.
Trinity Concert Band
Trinity Concert Band is a Reading/Wokingham based community wind band; a regular entrant in the National Concert Band Festival, they were awarded the top platinum award in the national finals in April 2018. Their concert programmes are varied and guaranteed to please audiences.
Members span a wide range of ability from talented amateurs to professional standard. Founded in 2001 to bring together musicians who enjoy playing with a group of friendly people, the band now comprises 45 players whose enthusiasm and dedication results in concerts performed to a very high standard. There are also several smaller groups.
Woodley Concert Band
Woodley Concert Band is an award-winning, high quality wind band based in Woodley, near Reading in Berkshire. A warm, welcoming band and they’re proud of the extremely high standard they achieve, the variety of engagements they carry out and their thriving social scene! The band now consists of around 40 musicians, meeting once a week to rehearse in Woodley, Reading. The aim is to entertain audiences with a wide variety of music, and to provide players with the opportunities to extend their repertoire and skills. Through their music, they have also been glad to help raise significant sums of money for local charities.
Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra
Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra has developed under the leadership of Music Director Robert Roscoe to be an exciting place to play, with a seasonal programme of interesting and challenging concerts and workshops. The orchestra is gaining an excellent reputation locally for both players and audience, with 50+ orchestra members regularly attending rehearsals, and usually a near-capacity audience for our concerts. We present three main concerts a year at Wellington College, and a Christmas Concert at St John’s Church in Crowthorne. Our programmes are wide ranging, exploring the repertoire from Shostakovich's 5th Symphony, Dvorak’s New World to Stravinsky’s Petrushka. We are delighted to welcome established and rising star soloists to join us at our main concerts – including in recent years pianists Tom Hicks and Marco Fatichenti, and Russian violinist Elizaveta Tyun who has performed several concerti with the orchestra, most recently the Tchaikovsky.