BROCK HOUSE ORCHESTRA

Seniors having fun making good music.

THE ORCHESTRA

The Brock House Orchestra consists of about 30 amateur musicians. We meet weekly throughout the year, and perform about once a month. We play a wide variety of classics, show tunes, and novelties. Brock House is located at the west end of Point Grey Road, 3875 Point Grey Road, Vancouver, Canada. For further information, contact our conductor at erniefiedler@telus.net.

Schedule of Performances

In 2016 we started with a program at the Kerrisdale Community Centre on March 31. Two more performances happen before we likely play at the Brock House Fair in July. In the fall, we have some performances - mostly at seniors' residences. Public welcomed at the Kerrisdale and Brock House Fair performances, and by arrangement at other performances.

We could use:

Like most any amateur orchestra, we can use musicians in several sections. If you play an instrument (at any level) and can come to Wednesday morning rehearsals, do get in touch with the director to discuss joining. Contact the director (see above). Our most urgent needs are horns and percussion, but there is lots of room for others.

What you're hearing—

Music on the site is all composed by the conductor, Ernie Fiedler (to avoid copyright violations). This page is sketches for an unfinished composition, "Quiet and Stormy" The second page is a "Little Night March" and the third page is "Dark Tide" If you have a "dial-up" modem, you may not get the "sound track"

Our History

Back in 1978, the first year of Brock House as a senior centre, a retired high school music teacher, Elva Fitzpatric, gathered musicians together, and they became the Brock House Music Makers, and promptly started various public performances. This group of singers and players became too big for the Begg Room at Brock House, and the vocal and instrumental parts of the group were pulling in different directions, and therefore divided, and thus the Brock House Orchestra started its Wednesday morning rehearsals that have continued up to the present. Conductors that followed after Elva included Ross Parkinson, Paul Jagger, Art Williams and the current conductor, Ernie Fiedler. Also, during the time that Art Williams insisted that his health would allow him to return to his post, the job fell to Francene Panet-Raymond, and the late Ted Afflick. When it became apparent that Art Williams would not be returning, an ad was placed in a newspaper (1998), and Ernie Fiedler, a retired UBC professor, responded and took over the post. A recent questionnaire completed by the orchesra yielded the following (astounding) results: How many years since your first music lesson? Average 63 years. How long have you played your present instrument? Range 1 1/2 years to 85 years. Do you play any other instruments? Yes- 75% Do you currently play or sing in any other musical groups? Yes 88%