28 January 2015

On May 22nd, WCO travelled to Cardiff to record at the BBC's Millennium Centre. During an hour-long recording session, the orchestra worked with Radio 3 producers to rehearse and record Alford's Colonel Bogey. The recording was part of the BBC's Light Fantastic festival of British Light Music. Musical Director Andrew Baatz said: "The piece we chose reflects both the orchestra's long tradition of light music, and our beginnings 70 years ago during the war. The recording was a great experience for the orchestra, and the opportunity to work with BBC producers to create a recording was extremely valuable."

The Light Fantastic festival will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in late June. We hope to make our recording available on this website after that date.

Record for BBC

27 January 2015
In collaboration with the Imperial War Museum a double screening of the British silent film Battle of the Somme (1916) will be given at the Corn Exchange, Devizes, Wiltshire on 20th November, one week after Remembrance Sunday. The Wessex Concert Orchestra will play Laura Rossi's accompanying music composed in 2006 for the official 90th anniversary.
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