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40 years of Our Symphony Orchestra!

Hannah Kerr Published: 01 May 2024

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We have started our 40th birthday year with a bang! Our first concert of the year "Love is in the Air" took place on 23 March 2024, and we were delighted to play to a packed audience at Wymondham Abbey. Romance was a feature in all the pieces, which included Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture (Tchaikovsky), Peer Gynt Suite selection (Grieg), as well as works by Ian Hÿtch, Mascagni, da Falla, and Mahler.

Coming up next is our special Summer Concert on 29 June 2024, which will be a celebration to mark our 40th Anniversary! As our founder and President Adrienne Cleary can attest, 40 years have flown by and the orchestra goes from strength to strength. In no small part due to the fantastic support we receive from you, our audience! We’re delighted to see over 100 members of our local community coming to watch every concert, some of whom are regulars and others who are new to orchestral music. We hope each event brings something new and adds to the variety of music available in our local area. Thanks must also go to the wonderful staff at Wymondham Abbey, who host us 3 times a year, and to the Wymondham Central Hall who provide us a fantastic space to rehearse every Tuesday!

For our celebration concert, love will still be in the air because our main piece will be Symphony 4 (The Romantic) by Anton Bruckner. He would have celebrated his 200th birthday in 2024, so it is only fitting that this piece will form part of our occasion. The programme will also feature Little Suite no.2 by Arnold and Violin Concerto in E minor by Mendelssohn, for which we are delighted to welcome soloist Catherine McCardel.

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Founder and President Adrienne Cleary.

Join us for our Ruby Anniversary concert on 29 June 2024 at 7pm! Tickets are available online at trybooking.com/uk/eventlist/wso. There will also be some availability on the door, but we encourage attendees to purchase tickets in advance to beat the queues. 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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