Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra

Next concert

December 3rd

Christmas Overture
Orpheus in the Underworld
Slavonic Dances
Christmas carols

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Wilmslow Leisure Centre

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Orchestra in concert

The Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra was founded 1947 and our initial adventurous repertoire has continued to expand. We have always been prepared to tackle challenging and ambitious works.

We strive to select programmes which will appeal both to our players and to our audiences.

The orchestra works with professional conductors and soloists and aims for a high standard of performance.

We give 5 concerts a year in the Wilmslow Leisure Centre theatre and also accompany choral societies. Brass, wind and string groups from the orchestra play out in the local community.

We rehearse on Friday evenings from 7.30pm to 10.00pm at Honford Hall, Handforth.

We are always happy to hear from anyone who is interested in playing with us and from any organisation interested in sponsoring us or in advertising in our programme. We also have a celeste for hire.

About the orchestra

Recent concerts and events

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New season

In 2017 Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra will be 70 years old. 2017 is also the centenary of the Russian Revolution. On October 15th the orchestra kicked off its concert season with a programme of Russian favourites.

Mussorgsky's Night on the Bare Mountain brought a halloweeny flavour to the opening.

The next item was the second Suite from Khachaturian's Spartacus, which begins with the famous Adagio. The Adagio has featured in various films, including Caligula, The Hudsucker Proxy and Ice Age - Dawn of the Dinosaurs, and has been used as the background music for gymnastics and figure skating - but none of this, probably, would have happened if it hadn't been used as the theme music for the 1970s television series The Onedin Line.

We ended with Mussorgsky again, his ever-popular Pictures at an Exhibition, in Ravel's orchestration.

We were delighted to welcome back the conductor Tom Newall, a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and, more recently, co-founder of the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra, which provides playing opportunities for music students and graduates. Tom is also active as the Music Director for Blackburn Music Society and Leeds Youth Opera.

programme for the 2016/17 season