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The Saturday night on the first weekend of Advent belongs to the Advent concert of Woody's Sound and the hunting horns in St. Mary's Church. This date has become an indispensable part of many people's calendars.

And so the church was well filled on the last Saturday evening already one hour before the concert began. And a tense murmur was in the air.
The hunting horn players and the orchestra alternated again and again after a few tracks and so the audience was able to enjoy the many facets of brass music.

Woody's Sound played alongside classical titles by Beethoven and Handel as well as a play from the musical Cats, Imagine by John Lennon and "Einsamer Hirrte" by James Last. In Ave Maria (by Schubert) the trumpets played on their flugelhorns and Josefine played a strong solo on the alto saxophone.

The hunting horn players shine with a change of marches, fanfares and hunting signals. Even with a Christmas duet with the orchestra, you could highlight the signals beautifully.

When the last song had died away with applause, the audience started to leave. Martin Woodford picked up the microphone and asked with a smile, "Are you ready to leave? We would still have one ... " An addition outside the program!

One thing was missing: a solo by Martin Woodford on the flugelhorn.

The orchestra played "Freiheit" from Marius Müller-Westerhagen and Martin played so softly that so many handkerchiefs had to be drawn in the audience. It was a beautiful start to the Christmas season. The orchestra would like to thank Günter Härtel for the organization. Until next time!

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2019 11 07"I feel disco" - the viewers will experience this on 14 December 2019 from 5 pm in the town hall Winsen. Woody's Sound invites you to a traditional Christmas concert this evening. But those who know this big band knows that these concerts are always very lively. With a distinctive disco sound of wind instruments, drums and guitars, the musicians manage to make any tired foot tremble. A program tailored to the program lightshow ensures the right disco effects. Numerous hits by well-known artists have been arranged by Martin Woodford, musical director of the orchestra, especially for the modern wind ensemble Woody's Sound. But you absolutely do not have to do without the Advent feeling on December 14th. The "Ladies of Brass" provide a festive mood in the pre-season program. Martin Woodford's newly established rural women's orchestra shows in a very impressive way how much fun it is to learn an instrument in adulthood.

To ensure that all notes are in the right place, that every little passage is in order, the big band was preparing for this concert during an intensive rehearsal weekend in Rotenburg (Wümme). With 50 musicians between the ages of 8 and 80, rehearsals will not only be rehearsed on three days, but in good company new ideas for concerts, exits and titles will emerge. It is mostly the youthful members who want to play hits from the current music charts. Martin Woodford gladly accepts this challenge and arranges the most modern hits, making them suitable for the performance.

Tickets for the rocking Christmas concert are available in advance at Tourist-Info Winsen, at the music school Woodford and the ABC book trade in Stelle, at the Landeszeitung Lüneburg and at the box office. Adults pay 10 EUR, young people from 12 years 4 EUR and children under 11 years free. Of course, the Santa Claus has registered and also in the traditional raffle, the proceeds of which benefit children and youth projects, you can win great prizes.

We prepared for two years and before we know it, a week has passed in England and we are on the bus on the way home. Behind us lies a time full of activities, impressions and lasting moments.

With a group of about 40 musicians we made our way to Redditch (Birmingham), where we stayed at the hotel "Meadow Farm", an old property with an incredible charm. The program was colorful, as were the participants. After all, it was an age range of 12 years to 81 years on this trip to bring together.

We were able to visit the Morgan car factory, follow in the footsteps of Shakespeare in Stratford upon Avon and stormed the imposing castle in Conwy. With a hike in the Malvern Hills and the canals of Worcestershire and a day trip to North Wales, the landscape and nature were not forgotten.

Besides these impressions and the community we were there because of the music in England. On Saturday afternoon we were allowed to play at Yartes Court in Evesham. Already on arrival at the senior residence, Bev and her colleagues waved to us with joy and warmly received us. The following 90-minute performance was one of a very special kind. We felt so much joy, enthusiasm and gratitude from the audience. A highlight here was Martin's solo to "What a wonderful world", with him sitting next to Enid and just playing for her. Because Enid is 100 years old and this title has a special meaning for her. Later, she was seen dancing as well in the livelier titles. The orchestra was thrilled with her energy and that of the other guests in the hall.

Our audience on Tuesday was about 90 years younger. It was the most eager day in the schools. In the morning there was a happy reunion with the head of the school in Walkwood. Martin explained the instruments with appropriate British humor, and the students curiously tried to get a sound out. We were enchanted by the loud singing of the students to the title "Cheerleader" with a perfect solo on the trumpet by Max. We were wrong when we thought that it could not get better. To the theme tune of "Pirates of the Caribbean," our "cheerleaders" cheered us on and we were literally overrun by the energy.

It was a very nice performance, which was repeated after a break with fish and chips at Astwood Bank School. These little kids - from 4 years upwards - were full of enthusiasm and touched us with their accompanying singing.

After 19 hours of driving, we arrived home tired but happy at 2:30 pm and will revel in the memories of this past week for a long time. It's time to start planning for the next trip to England, two years will pass quickly. At this point, the entire orchestra would like to thank Martin and Leonie for the perfect planning and organization of the trip - you did a great job. Even our bus driver Klaus mastered the left-hand traffic and always supplied us with fresh coffee and sausage. Thank you very much that we felt so at home in your bus.

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Not only was the weather sensational on the 30th of June, but also our annual summer concert!

Under the bright sun our spectators and listeners experienced a musical climax. Once again, Martin has managed to get the best out of us.

But before we could start, the "Ladies Of Brass" tuned in the audience. Last year, they celebrated their premiere and therefore could not miss this time. New was a group of children, the "Brother Jakob Band". The children have just started to learn their instrument and played "Brother Jakob" in spite of immense excitement already so great that Martin let it play a second time.

During the remodeling, the first chairman, Alexander Melchert, welcomed the numerous visitors and expressed their gratitude that they could not resist listening to the tropical temperatures. Also thanks to the numerous helpers for the creation of various shady places by tents and umbrellas, as well as the food and drinks.

Afterwards, Martin Woodford led the audience through a colorful mix of songs whose titles include a name and narrated interesting background stories. Among others, "Song for Guy" by Elton John. Here Hanna shone on the piano and Max, Maxi, Alex and Lena on the Flugelhorns and made for a very gentle sound.

Again and again, the individual registers were allowed to prove their skills in solos. Particularly impressive were the flying fingers of the clarinets in the pop song "Cotton Eye Joe". A great achievement! The Saxes peppered the rhythm to "Rock me Amadeus" and Doris on the trombone delivered a great solo with "Woody's Boogie". Even the younger players were not afraid. Already at the Christmas concert Fabian and Josefine were allowed to play solos. This should be repeated on "Woody's Boogie".

We practiced for half a year and the day flew by. Woody's Sound delivered a remarkable performance in the light of the weather and played without a break. You can tip your hat for that...

Now is summer break and we will take the newly gained energy into the second half of the year. Exciting things await us. It goes to England and in December there is again an Advent concert in the Winsener Marien - Kirche and the big Christmas concert in the Stadthalle.

We look forward to welcoming you there again.

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  • 2019-Sommerkonzert
It's quiet about Woody's sound.

Why is that? What is behind it?

There can only be one reason for this silence:

HIGHLY CONCENTRATED REHEARSALS!

We practice, plan and make preparations for the first highlight of the year:

THE SUMMER CONCERT

On June 30 at 3 pm, the School of Music in Ashausen will open its doors to the "Open House" and summer concert. There are insights behind the scenes, coffee, cakes, drinks and a little BBQ. This year the concert is titled "What's your name?" 

What is behind it? We have studied titles in which the artist sings about special people. Persons who have a certain meaning for the interpreter. Why else would you name a song after them? We've been busy with the story behind these songs and we're looking forward to present you this story tonally.

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