Belvedere Concert Band
About the Band
About the Band
Based in the London Borough of Bexley, Belvedere Concert Band has gained a reputation as one of the leading concert bands in the South-East, attracting both experienced and aspiring musicians from the surrounding areas.
The Band performs a wide repertoire of music, ranging from light classical and traditional music, to music from stage and screen, 'big band' and popular standards. Dependent on the nature of the concert, the Band may engage supporting vocalists, or join forces with a full choir. For most concerts the Band will use its full complement of around 45 musicians, but for certain special occasions, a smaller band may be provided.
In 2005 Belvedere Concert Band was honoured to be invited to play for the Queen's arrival for lunch at Danson House as part of her official visit to Bexley Borough.
Musical Director - Elizabeth Worth BA (Hons), DipABRSM
Elizabeth began her musical studies at Redbridge Music School in 2001, and graduated from Colchester Institute in 2013 with a performance-based music degree with first-class honours. Primarily a clarinettist studying under Charles Hine, she won competitions for solo and duet clarinet performances as well as ensemble performances with the University clarinet choir, and she was awarded a distinction for her Associated Board Diploma in clarinet performance. During her time at university, Elizabeth led the Colchester Institute Symphonic Wind Orchestra and the Essex Youth Symphonic Wind Orchestra as principal clarinettist, and performed with Essex Youth Orchestra on E-flat clarinet. She also co-founded Dixie Jazz sextet 'TradJazzled' and saxophone quartet 'One Screw Loose' with whom she performs regularly, as well as playing in pit bands for musicals in Essex and East London, including 'Sweet Charity', 'Guys and Dolls', and 'The Addams Family'.
Elizabeth studied Conducting under Dr. Mark Bellis and has since led numerous wind ensembles, as well as taking over as Musical Director of Belvedere Concert Band. She currently performs with groups such as the British Clarinet Ensemble, who regularly tour in Europe and around Britain, and as a soloist; she was recently was given the opportunity to perform Artie Shaw's Clarinet Concerto with big-band backing provided by the Moonlighters' Wind Band in Colchester. She also sings regularly in choirs such as East London Evensong Choir, and teaches instrumental lessons to children and adults in London.
Tony Allen, Chairman
Donna Crane, Secretary and Librarian
Maria Childs, Treasurer
and 3 band representatives
Guy Bennett, President
Guy was the Musical Director of the Belvedere Concert Band for 18 years before relocating his family to West Sussex in 2013. Under his enthusiastic leadership the band became one of the South East’s Premier Wind Bands. He remains the Band President to this day and takes a keen interest in the band’s progress.
Guy is delighted to have been recently appointed the Musical Director of The Emsworth Concert Band.