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A Celebration Year for Wymondham Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Naylor Published: 01 February 2024

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2024 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Wymondham Symphony Orchestra and we have a fantastic programme for you to celebrate with us.

As many of you will know, we started the season with our concert in Wymondham Abbey last November – Birds of Myth and Fable- given jointly with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Many of the audience were transported by the sounds of arctic birdsong echoing around the Abbey in the Finnish composer Rautavaara’s piece Concerto for Birds and Orchestra. Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite brought excitement (as well as challenges for the players) and the concert was very well received by a capacity audience.

This term our Spring Concert on 23 March 2024 is titled Love is in the Air and features the ever popular Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture (Tchaikovsky), Peer Gynt Suite (Grieg), as well as works by Ian Hytch (the orchestra’s first conductor), Mascagni, da Falla, and Mahler. It promises to be an evening of memorable and popular music.

Further ahead our Summer Concert on 29 June 2024 will be a special celebration to mark the 40th Anniversary of Wymondham Symphony Orchestra. It also falls on the year that the composer Anton Bruckner would have celebrated his 200th birthday, so we will feature his Symphony 4 (The Romantic). The programme will also feature Little Suite no.2 by Malcolm Arnold (one time local resident and the orchestra’s patron for many years) and the well-known Violin Concerto in E minor by Mendelssohn, for which we are delighted to welcome our soloist Catherine McCardel.

Please put these dates in your diary and do try to join us for our Ruby Anniversary year at Wymondham Abbey.

Tickets are available online via links on Facebook and our website, and directly at trybooking.com/uk/eventlist/wso. They are also available from the Abbey shop in the weeks preceding the concert. There will also be some availability on the door. Prices are £15, Friends of the WSO £13 and Under 18s are free.

More details about the orchestra can be found at wymondhamsymphonyorchestra.org.uk or on our Facebook page.

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