10 February 2015
It's that time of year again, as we start to look forward to a summer of music. Among the highlights this year are the Liverpool phil's Superorchestra day in June, summer schools in Giggleswick, Sherborne and Edinburgh during the summer - and before all of that, our summer Proms concert at the RAF Museum Cosford. It's a great time of year in the WCO's programme; if you're wishing this was you, we've currently got vacancies in the violas, double basses and lower brass!
09 February 2015
Recordings from the SuperOrchestra day with the RLPO are now available on their website - visit to listen to the orchestra performing Walton, Gershwin and Stravinsky. 19 members of WCO took part and you'll even pick out a few playing solo lines!
08 February 2015

We really did get lucky with the choice of weekend for for this year's Cosford Prom.

Saturday 21st July saw WCO performing on a large stage to a packed audience of proms-goers, who were blessed with fantastic weather to enjoy both the music and their picnics. WCO performed a 2 hour concert of music, joined by soprano soloist Victoria Aindow and the RAF Voluntary Choir the Spitfires.

The highlight of the first half was an amazing flying display from a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire, accompanied by the theme from Dambusters. The second half built to a climax of audience participation with Proms favourites such as Jerusalem, Pomp and Circumstance and Rule Britannia. The evening concluded with a fabulous firework display.

Follow the link below to see an audience video of the spitfire display:

Complete Spitfire flypast -

Spitfires, flags and sunshine!
07 February 2015

June saw our now annual trip up to Liverpool for one of the highlights of our musical year - the chance to play on stage in Philharmonic Hall with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

This year 19 members of WCO took part in the RLPO's Superorchestra event, performing Crown Imperial, An American in Paris and extracts from The Firebird in a fantastic concert to a packed hall. The sectional workshops offered the opportunity for some in-depth preparation, while nothing can beat the feeling of rehearsing on stage with guidance from the very welcoming members of the RLPO. Several members of the orchestra took solo lines, and a superb time was had by all. We hope to be able to return next year!

05 February 2015

Happy New Year everyone! Rehearsals have started again for 2012, and the Wessex Concert Orchestra is looking ahead to an exciting year.

Among the highlights coming up:

  • A spring concert of celebratory music, featuring Elgar's magnificent 1st symphony
  • A trip up to Wirral in January for many of us to join the Wirral Symphony Orchestra in a playday of Richard Strauss's Alpine Symphony
  • Lots of orchestra members will be joining the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for a playday tackling Dvorak's beautiful 8th symphony
  • Many more of us will be returning to Liverpool later in the year for the Liverpool Philharmonic's Superorchestra
  • We'll be hoping for less 'exciting' weather for this year's summer Proms concert
  • August brings the annual trip to Giggleswick for many of us - for the M4P Summer School of Music
  • Our winter concert is a little later this year to allow us to bring a Christmas theme to our music

Sound like fun? We've got vacancies in the strings and the lower brass at the moment, so if you're interested in in joining us for a fantastic year of music, why not get in touch?

03 February 2015

Our two performances of The Battle of the Somme played to packed audiences, who were lucky enough to hear introductory presentations from both Laura Rossi (composer) and Dr Toby Haggith (Imperial War Museum). Audience members described the event as "enthralling, moving and compelling". Performing the soundtrack to this important historical film proved to be a magical and emotional experience for the orchestra, and we're very grateful to both Laura Rossi and the Imperial War Museum for making it happen.

Read more about the tour on the official Facebook page here:


02 February 2015
With less than 2 weeks to go until our performance of the Battle of the Somme in collaboration with the Imperial War Museum, tickets are selling fast. Due to the popular appeal of this special musical event, we will be offering two performances: a matinee performance at 3:30pm and an evening performance at 7:30pm. Both performances will begin with a talk from Dr Toby Haggith of the Imperial War Museum and the composer, Laura Rossi. This promises to be a very powerful experience of film and music.
01 February 2015

Music hasn't stopped for the summer at WCO. 11 members of the orchestra enjoyed a fabulous week at the Music 4 People summer school in Yorkshire. Other orchestra members have attended summers schools at the Sherborne Summer of School of Music and the Ellesmere Orchestral Weekend. Back home in Wiltshire, our summer programme has included chamber music and an orchestral workshop.

We're now gearing up for our autumn term and the challenge of performing the soundtrack to the Battle of the Somme alongside a live screening of the film. Along the way we're looking forward to an inspiring orchestra workshop with Aidan Broadbridge.

Interested in joining in? Take a look at the Join Us page for more details.

31 January 2015
On Thursday 30th June, WCO appeared on Radio 3 as part of the Light Fantastic festival of British light music. Our performance of Alford's Colonel Bogey was broadcast at the end of the evening concert. Being chosen for broadcast was the culmination of a fantastic experience for the orchestra. Back in May we travelled to Cardiff and spent a morning working with BBC producers at the Millennium Centre. The recording session gave us the opportunity for several takes, balancing up our sound and fine-tuning our performance to create a recording we were delighted with.

Click here to listen to our recording as broadcast on BBC Radio 3
30 January 2015
Super Orchestra21 members of the Wessex Concert Orchestra this weekend were privileged to take part in the Liverpool Philharmonic's SuperOrchestra event, perfoming on stage with the orchestra and conducted by Vasily Petrenko.

After a morning of sectional rehearsals with RPLO players, our players joined with the RLPO members for a 3 hour rehearsal led by Petrenko. The day culminated with a perfomance to a packed Philharmonic Hall.

Orchestra leader Nicola Ashton said: "This was a fantastic opportunity for us to play alongside some of the finest orchestral musicians in the country. We all learnt a huge amount. Rehearsing and performing with Vasily Petrenko was a huge privilege and we're all waiting eagerly for the chance to return again next year."

Read more about 'Petrenko's Protegés' in the Liverpool Daily Post

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