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We have performed at festivals all over the country, including: Newbury, Henley, Rye, Church Stretton, Swaffham, Bolton, Lanercost, Galway - Ireland, Spoleto - Italy (by personal invitation from Gian Carlo Menotti), Edinburgh - voted 'Pick of the Fringe’
We have toured Ireland, Scotland, the Shetland Islands, Holland and Italy and we are well known on the rural touring circuit having performed in numerous venues throughout the Northwest, the Midlands, Central and Southern England and East Anglia.
We have made many media appearances including: Radio 4 'Kaleidoscope' and 'Loose Ends'; Radio 2 'Friday Night is Music Night'; Radio Scotland 'Fine Tunes'; Radio Telefeis Eireann 'Gay Byrne Show'. Television appearances include Border Television and Italian Television.
BBC Radio 3 In Tune
We were delighted to have been the 'house band' on BBC Radio 3's In Tune programme on two occasions, May 2012 and October 2014. We had the most wonderful responses from the programme, including:
"I heard your Radio 3 In Tune broadcast tonight - what a joy! I warbled my way home for the last few miles!”"I heard you for the 1st time on Radio 3's In Tune and was blown away by your sublime playing and refreshing variety!... I've gotta say- you are inspiring and a breath of fresh air!”"Thank you! I have just finished dancing around the ironing board. What a treat to hear you on Radio 3,and I am so pleased to have found you.”"I heard your performance on inTune last night. Fantastic! A wonderfully eclectic mix of music, right up my street. I was worried when I could not find you on Spotify, but when I saw that you sell your CDs on line, I headed straight for my cheque book.”
Feedback from concerts:
"Will you please thank the guys for a really brilliant performance last night here in Spittal.""I just wanted to send a message on behalf of everyone at Wingates last night, including our committee, to say thank you so very much for a wonderful evening. Oxford Concert Party delivered, as promised, a first-rate, absorbing and thoroughly enjoyable performance. All the feedback we received was tremendously positive.”"Thank you for coming to Wisbech and giving us such a treat. I have been treasurer of the Wisbech Music Society for 18 years and have attended all the concerts which must run into several hundred. I can honestly say that I have never heard such a varied and exciting programme on one evening.”
Wisbech Music Society (Cambridgeshire)"Please convey my thanks to ARne and all the band for 2 brilliant days. The schools concerts were greatly appreciated by children and staff and the evening was a great success. The band are refreshingly different and brought something very special to the over all festival programme.”
Beccles Festival"The depth and quality of the playing were remarkable, without in any way compromising or being compromised by your ability to make it all enormous fun. There are plenty of ensembles who give people the aesthetic pleasure that one expects from good music; I don't know another group of players who make their audience so happy."
Aston Cantlow Village Hall (Warwickshire)