Concert archive

Spring 2017 poster Spring Concert - Saturday 29th April 2017

Malmesbury Abbey, 19:30
  • Grieg - Wedding Day at Troldhaugen
  • Grieg - Last Spring (from Two Elegiac Melodies)
  • Grieg - Piano Concerto (Soloist: You-Chiung Lin)
  • Sibelius - Andante Festivo
  • Sibelius - Symphony No. 3
  • Sibelius - Finlandia

WCo poster winter 2016Winter Concert - Sunday 4th December

Devizes Corn Exchange, 3:00pm

 

  • Dvorak - Slavonic Dances (Op. 46 Nos. 7 and 8; Op. 72 No. 2)
  • Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
  • Sibelius - Karelia Suite
  • Tchaikovsky - Nutrcracker Suite
  • Selection of carols
  • Anderson - Christmas Festival

WCo poster summer 2016Music for a Summer's Evening - Saturday 16th July

Devizes Corn Exchange, 7:30pm

 

  • Sullivan: Overture to The Gondoliers
  • Coates: London Suite
  • Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad
  • Britten: Soirèes Musicales
  • Henry Wood: Fantasia on Sea Songs

Saturday 9th April 2016, Malmesbury Abbey, 7:30 pm

  • Mendelssohn: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture
  • Brahms: Variations on a theme by Haydn
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica")

Saturday 5th December 2015, Neeld Hall Chippenham, 7:30 pm

Winter Concert

Overture to Die Fledermaus (“The Bat”) – Johann Strauss the Younger
Winter from “The Seasons” – Alexander Glazunov
In the Steppes of Central Asia – Alexander Borodin
Troika from “Lieutenant Kije” – Sergei Prokofiev       
- - Interval - -
Winter Night Sleigh Ride – Frederick Delius
The Snowman Concert Suite – Howard Blake
White Christmas – Irving Berlin arranged by Robert Russell Bennett
Winter Wonderland – Felix Bernard arranged by Calvin Custer
Carol Juke Box
Sleigh Ride – Leroy Anderson
 

Saturday 11th July 2015, Corn Exchange Devizes, 7:30 pm

Mystery, Monsters and Magic!

Mystery, Monsters and Magic

 

  • Witches Ride (Hansel and Gretel) – Humperdink
  • Music from Harry Potter – John Williams
  • Night on a Bare Mountain – Mussorgsky
  • Jurassic Park – John Williams
  • Plus music from Psycho, James Bond, and more!

Saturday 7th December 2014 - Neeld Hall Chippenham - Winter Daydreams

 

Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 1
Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Plus seasonal favourites!


Saturday 19th July 2014, Devizes Corn Exchange, 7:30 pm

Come and join us for an evening of classical favourites at a "Last night of the Proms" style concert.

Music from films and musicals will kick off the evening, and in the second half you will be able to enjoy your Proms favourites, including Jupiter from The Planets, Jerusalem and Pomp and Circumstance.

WCO Summer Concert 2014Full programme

  • Raiders March - John Williams
  • Chicago - arr. Ted Ricketts
  • Liberty Bell - John Philip Sousa
  • Lord of the Rings - Howard Shore (arr. John Whitney)
  • Moscow Nights - Vissili Soloviev-Sedoy
  • March: The Dam Busters - Eric Coates
  • Pirates of the Caribbean - Klaus Badelt
  • The Lord of the Dance - Ronan Hardiman
  • Mary Poppins - Sherman and Sherman
  • Colonel Bogey - Kenneth J Alford
  • Banks of Green Willow - George Butterworth
  • Nimrod (from Enigma Variations) - Sir Edward Elgar
  • Jupiter (from The Planets) - Gustav Holst
  • The Radio 4 UK Theme - Fritz Spiegl and Manfred Arlan
  • Jerusalem - C H H Parry
  • Pomp and Circumstance March Op 39 No. 1 - Sir Edward Elgar

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Summer spectacular

Saturday 29th March 2014 - Devizes Corn Exchange

Our spring concert featured the Brahms Concerto for violin and cello, with soloists from the Royal Northern College of Music.

Full programme:

  • Overture La Forza del Destino - Verdi
  • Concerto for Violin and Cello - Brahms
  • Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 in D minor - Liszt
  • Suite on Russian Themes - Bruch
Brahms and Liszt

A Fairytale Christmas: Saturday 7th December, Chippenham

For our 2013 winter concert we were delighted to return to our home town, Chippenham.

Programme:

Humperdinck: Hansel & Gretel Overture
Tchaikovsky: Waltz and Rose Adagio from Sleeping Beauty
Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kijé
Ravel: Ma Mere l’Oye (Mother Goose Suite)
Plus other seasonal music!
A Fairytale Christmas

Summer Outdoor Proms Concert: RAF Museum Cosford, Saturday 6th July

Summer Outdoor Proms

​Our summer concert 2013 involved a fabulous sunny evening performing at the Cosford Proms. A large and appreciative crowd enjoyed our mix of traditional Proms favourites, film music and sounds from the shows.


Spring Concert 2013: Malmesbury Abbey, Saturday 20th April 7:30pm

Programme:

  • Beethoven - Egmont Overture
  • Novak - Slovak Suite
  • Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 3 (The Scottish)
Spring Concert

Winter Wonderland: Saturday 1st December 2012: Neeld Hall, Chippenham. 7:30pm

WCO are delighted to be returning to our home town of Chippenham for our final concert of 2012. The concert will have a winter theme with perhaps a gentle nod to Christmas!

Winter Wonderland

 Programme includes:
  • Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake Suite
  • Waldteufel - Skaters' Waltz
  • Lane - Wassail Dances
  • Warlock - Bethlehem Down
  • Anderson - Sleigh Ride

Tickets cost £10 (£8 concessions) and are available from the Chippenham Tourist Office, orchestra members, on the door, or via our online ticket hotline.

Summer Outdoor Proms Concert: RAF Museum Cosford, Saturday 21st July

Summer Outdoor Proms

WCO is delighted to be returning to the RAF Museum Cosford to enjoy another evening of outdoor proms. Join us for traditional Proms favourites, film music and sounds from the shows.


Saturday 28th April 2012: Devizes Corn Exchange. 7:30pm
The Diamond Jubilee: A Concert to Celebrate 60 Glorious Years

Full programme

  • Carl Maria von Weber – Jubilee Overture

  • Eric Coates - The Three Elizabeths 

  • William Walton - Orb & Sceptre 

  • Edward Elgar - Symphony No 1

The Diamond Jubilee

Wessex Concert Orchestra performs The Battle of the Somme
November 20th 2011, Devizes

In collaboration with the Imperial War Museum a double screening of the British silent film Battle of the Somme (1916) was given at the Corn Exchange, Devizes, Wiltshire on 20th November, one week after Remembrance Sunday. The Wessex Concert Orchestra performed Laura Rossi's accompanying music composed in 2006 for the official 90th anniversary.

The Battle of the Somme

important film - following its release over half the adult population of Britain saw it - and it is now listed on the UNESCO Memory of the World register. Rossi's music was described as "extremely accomplished" by The Independent, and "brilliantly effective" by The Times when a DVD of the re-mastered film with her soundtrack was reviewed in 2008.

We were delighted that we played to full audiences at both concerts - who enjoyed the opportunity to listen to presentations by Dr Toby Haggith of the Imperial War Museum and the composer, Laura Rossi before the film screening.


Saturday 23rd July, Royal Logistic Corps, Marchwood

WCO's July concert saw us on tour again, performing a 'round the world' theme for the Royal Logistic Corps, Marchwood.


Saturday 21st May, Royal Air Force Museum Cosford

WCO was delighted to perform at a public outdoor Prom at the RAF Museum Cosford, in Shropshire, as guests of the Birmingham university Air Squadron.

The programme included Proms favourites Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem and Rule Britannia. a mix of popular classics, film music and works from musical theatre. The evening also included a spectacular flypast by a Spitfire and a display by the RAF Falcons Parachute Display team.

Spitfire

 

Birmingham RAF

Malmesbury Abbey, 12th March 2011

Sensational Hungarian violist Eniko Magyar joins WCO in concert in the serene setting of Malmesbury Abbey. The concert will include two remarkable and moving works for viola and orchestra

  • Wagner: Prelude & Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
  • Hindemith: Trauermusik (for viola and string orchestra)
  • Bruch: Romance for Viola and Orchestra, Op. 85
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5 in E Minor
Enike mayyar

70th Anniversary Concert

We celebrated our 70th birthday with a programme which combined Pictures at an Exhibition with some of the lighter pieces among the orchetsra's repertoire over the last 70 years, including 2 pieces of light music which were performed by the orchestra on BBC Radio in 1945

  • Pictures at an Exhibition - Mussorgsky
  • Dambusters - Coates
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark - Williams
  • West Side Story - Bernstein
  • An American in Paris - Gershwin
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
Exhibition - Mussorgsky

2010 Summer Concert - Royal Logistic Corps, Marchwood

An evening of Proms music


2010 Spring Concert - Devizes Corn Exchange

  • Irish Rhapsody No1 Op 78 - Charles Villiers Stanford
  • Serenade to Music (Orchestral Version) - Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Land of the Mountain and the Flood - Hamish MacCunn
  • British Rhapsody - Haydn Wood
  • Variations on An Original Theme (Enigma Variations) - Edward Elgar
Corn Exchange

Schindler's List with Diana Galvydyte - Swindon, Saturday 28th November 2009

Diana Galvydyte

The Wessex Concert Orchestra were delighted to welcome back sensational Lithuanian violinist Diana Galvydyte for a concert centred on John Williams's stunning music from Schindler's List, and the gorgeous theme from Ladies in Lavender by Nigel Hess.


Soloist: Diana Galvydyte

Diana has given a number of solo performances in the UK, Lithuania, Netherlands, Austria and Canada appearing with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Madeira Classical Orchestra, Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra, Charkov Symphony Orchestra and various Lithuanian orchestras. She has performed in venues such as Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall, Chamber Hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Theater Diligentia in the Hague, Konzerthaus in Vienna.

Diana was born in Vilnius, Lithuania in 1984. At the age of six she entered Ciurlionis Gymnasium of Art in Lithuania. Since 2000 Diana studied with Prof. Natalia Boyarsky at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey and at the Royal College of Music in London obtaining a Masters Degree in Performance with Distinction.

Diana is a prize-winner of 15 international competitions. Recent successes include becoming a laureate of the International Jasha Heifetz Competition in Lithuania. She was a finalist in the Jeunesses Musicales Montreal International Competition and was awarded the prize for the best interpretation of the contemporary set work. In Denmark was also awarded the European Prize for Achievement.

Diana is a recipient of Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Foundation Award, Martin Musical Scholarship Fund Award, Hattori Foundation Award and Musicians Benevolent Fund Music Education Award. She is also a winner of the 2007 Philip & Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists, awarded by the Making Music Federation.

Diana Galvydyte
 

Programme:

  • Overture: La Forza del Destino - Verdi
  • Schindler’s List - Williams
  • Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra from Ladies in Lavender - Nigel Hess
  • Romeo & Juliet Suite No 2, (movts 1, 2, 6 & 7) - Prokofiev
  • Star Wars Suite - Williams

Summer Proms Concert - RAF Lyneham, Saturday 25th July 2009

The orchestra was delighted to perform an open air Proms-style concert at RAF Lyneham.

Music for this summer concert included:

  • Pomp & Circumstance No 1
  • Jerusalem
  • Radio 4 UK Theme
  • Jupiter (from Planets)
  • Star Wars Main Theme 
  • 633 Sqn (main theme)
  • South Pacific
  • An American In Paris
  • Oliver
  • Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix from Samson & Delilah (Saint-Saens)
  • Habanera from Carmen (Bizet)
  • Liberty Bell
  • Lord of the Dance

Saturday 27th June 2009, Keevil Manor.

 

An Open Air Proms-style concert in the beautiful grounds of Keevil Manor, featuring WCO's signature mix of film and theatre music, popular classics and good fun! Works included An American in Paris and South Pacific.


Saturday 28th March 2009, Devizes. Lauren Reeve Rawlings

Soloist: Lauren Reeve-Rawlings

In keeping with our tradition of showcasing young emerging talent from the nation's music conservatories, we are delighted to feature local horn player Lauren Reeve-Rawlings in a concert featuring Mozart's famous 4th Horn Concerto, K495. Lauren lives in Kington St Michael and has played within the ranks of the WCO on numerous occasions. She was awarded the Rotary International District Young Musician of the Year in 2007, the same year as winning the Thelma King Award at the Mid-Somerset Festival. She has recently gained a place in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. In February 2009 Lauren reached the final of the BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Musician of the Year. Next September Lauren goes up to music college to study Horn full time.

Full programme

  • Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 4
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
  • Butterworth: Banks of Green Willow
  • Faure: Masques et Bergamasques
  • Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
  • Mahler: Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
Lauren Reeve Rawlings

Finalist, BBC Radio 2
Young Brass Musician of the Year 2009