Formed in 2012 to bring together a range of performers from across London, the Big Christmas Wind Orchestra has now become a regular feature of the Spitalfields Christmas Market, bringing Christmas cheer to all participants and audience members who take part in the UK's biggest scratch wind orchestra and choir every year!
We have two main aims:
New from 2015 onwards has been The Big Christmas Choir, which has been very successful. Performing alongside the wind orchestra with a selection of delightful descants and deep basses they really encouraged everyone in the audience to sing along. We are really looking to grow our choir even further, so please do get in touch if you would like to join in or have any previous choir experience.
We were delighted to receive a grant from Arts Council England in 2017, enabling us to purchase more sheet music to allow more people to join in, and to make large print and special edition copies for all those who wish to take part. We're incredibly grateful for the support of Arts Council England and look forward to the benefits that the new sheet music will bring to our participants.
Additionally, we allow charities to collect during our performances, making the most of the large audiences who gather to see us and our enthusiastic Christmas spirit. Despite the rain in 2017, Independent Age and the East End Community Foundation collected almost £700 while we performed, making the most of the large crowds that gather around us, and our fantastic Christmas spirit!