Researching our History

Over the course of this year we have been researching the origins of the orchestra, and have been collating as much information as possible. This work has taken us to the depths of Hartley Library; reading old yearbooks, calendars, press cuttings and much more! The following is the complete research we have so far. If you can add something, please contact us on Facebook or email suso@soton.ac.uk

Summer 1920
Orchestral Society.
“The initial session of this Society has been an extremely successful one. This success has been entirely due to the great enthusiasm shown by our members. The Orchestra has been in attendance at all important social functions since its formation. A concert has been held in conjunction with the Choral Society. During the present term the increasing number of requests for attendance at College social gatherings indicate the popularity of the movement. All members have shown great keenness, to which their success is undoubtedly due.
Southampton University College Magazine Summer 1920
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Spring 1921
Orchestral Society- The Students’ Orchestra
“End of last term the Orchestra rendered the second of their Annual Concerts. Society are aiding in a Concert given by the Choral Society in the near future.
Southampton University College Magazine Summer 1921
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Summer 1922
Orchestral Society
“Dwindling numbers, and a desire for co-operation, caused the original society to ally itself with School of Music, and under the baton of Professor Leake, with the help of several enthusiastic friends, the Symphony Orchestra provided the second half of the programme of the School of Music Concert.
Haydn Symphony in G major performed (The “Surprise”)
Southampton University College Magazine Summer 1922
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Easter 1924
Orchestral Society- The College Orchestra
President and Conductor: Professor Leake
Saturday afternoon rehearsals
Works by Haydn, Schubert, Handel, Mendelssohn, Coleridge-Taylor and Sullivan
Southampton University College Magazine Easter 1924
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Christmas 1924
The Choral and Orchestral Society
“The Orchestral work is hampered to some extent by the difficulty in obtaining suitable times for practice, but we hope to overcome this difficulty.”
Southampton University College Magazine Christmas 1924
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Easter 1925
University College Southampton Choral and Orchestral Society
“For the first time for many moons the Society has now two sides to its activities- as its name suggests. The formation of the choral side, last term, has been followed this term, through the efforts of the ever enthusiastic Mr. Mann, but the formation of an orchestra, which has about twelve members.”
Practising Haydn’s military symphony. Senate has set aside Monday afternoons 4-5pm practice.
Southampton University College Magazine Easter 1925
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Christmas 1925
Orchestral and Choral Society
Accompanying “The Pirates of Penzance”
Southampton University College Magazine Christmas 1925
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Easter 1926
The Choral and Orchestral Society
“The first time that a concert composed of items sprung from within the College has been given. We hope that such a concert will become an annual affair, thus providing a wonderful opportunity for our budding composers.”
Music supplied prior to the commencement of the Inter-Varsity Debate. Supplied 17th Century music that accompanied Moliere’s play, “Le Medecin malgre lui”. Practicing for “Pirates of Penzance”
Southampton University College Magazine Easter 1926
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Choral and Orchestral society 1932
President: Mr D. C. Williams
Orchestra section usually meets once a week on Tuesdays at 4pm
University College, Southampton 1932-33

Choral and Orchestral Society, 1937
Honorary President: D. Cecil Williams
Secretary: P. S. Kenyon
Both societies usually meet once a week for the purpose of rehearsing a work for public performance.
LF 783.2 Southampton University College Calendar 1937-38

June 1937 Annual symphony concert
Thomas Wood – Master Mariners
Handel – Occasional Overture
Beethoven – Symphony No.2
Wagner – Siegfried Idyll
Delius – On hearing the first cuckoo in Spring
Mackenzie – Britannia Overture
LF 783.4 University College – Proceedings 1936-37

Student’s Orchestra, 1938
Choral Society now separate to Student’s Orchestra
President: P. Archard
Meets once a week for practices, concerts given occasionally
University College, Southampton Year Book 1938-1939
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Multiple visits to Southampton from the LPO and BSO throughout the 1950s as reported in the Wessex News, performing in the Guildhall. All Wessex News LF 789.9

Wessex News May 22nd 1951
Mr John Dascombe, the College Band leader “is anxious to form a College orchestra, for it is a disgrace for a College of the size of U.C.S. not to have one”. President of the newly formed Music Society, “expressed enthusiasm for its aims, which are to co-ordinate all College musical activity and to obtain a practice-room.”

Wessex News October 30th 1951
John Dascombe elected the President of the Union for 1951-52.

Wessex News January 22nd 1952
Thursday March 18th: Orchestral Concert at 8pm by U.C.S. Orchestra. Conductor: Trevor Webb. Leader: John Crawford
From the Wessex News 20th March 1952 it appears the College orchestra concert was postponed, and in its place there was a chamber music concert.

Wessex News July 1st 1952
“A large audience enjoyed the concert given in the Refectory last Thursday in aid of the British Student T.B. Foundation, by the College Orchestra (Conductor Trevor Webb, Leader John Crawford) and by the graduates’ Octet conducted by Geoffrey Holmes.” (Octet were a vocal group.)
“To found and train in less than eight months an orchestra of thirty that contains some experienced but many inexperienced players is not easy. After so short a time one could never expect a first-class performance. Yet the College Orchestra, in spite of such difficulties, performed valiantly throughout the evening and at times player remarkably well.”
Programme:
Trumpet Tune (Soloist: K.G. Buxton)
Schubert – Symphony No.5
Holst – St Paul’s Suite

1951-52 Report of the President of the Students’ Union
“The Music Society, founded last session, has abundantly proved its worth with a number of recitals, culminating in a most creditable concert by the Orchestra.”
University of Southampton Proceedings 1951-52 LF 783.4

Wessex News October 7th 1952
Report on Music Society- “The central activity has been the Orchestra, which made its debut at the end of last term. Starting with piano and a few upper strings, we grew during the first term into a respectable consort of some eighteen strings plus a modest wind and percussion section.” Gratitude shown to members of Academic staff and residents in the Southampton area. “May they ever be welcome”.
Appeal for all those in the University whop lay an orchestral instrument, whether beginner of virtuoso to join. “Keenness is the only qualification- but it is imperative; team work is more important than individual attainment; and if we are to raise the standard, we must spend a good proportion of our spare time on it.”

Wessex News January 13th 1953
Orchestra concert in the Refectory on the evening of December 11th.
Conductor: John Crawford
Leader: Ruth Goldberg
Programme:
National Anthem
Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Mv.1
A Dittersdorf symphony
Bach – Suite in D

Wessex News May 12th 1953
Orchestra starting work on Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas for full opera performance with the choral society on Tuesday 19th May.

Wessex News December 8th 1953
Joint concert with the Madrigal Society and the Graduates’ Octet.
Conductor: Gordon Bull
Programme:
Mozart – Symphony No.6
Macdowell – Two movements from ‘Woodland Sketches’.

Wessex News May 6th 1954
Joint concert with the Madrigal Society
Conductor: Gordon Bull
Programme:
Purcell – Trumpet Tune and Air
Grieg – One movement from “Peer Gynt” suite
Haydn – Symphony No.1

Wessex News October 7th 1955
“The organisation of the University Orchestra is the primary purpose of the Musical Society, though it also exists to co-ordinate the other societies interested in music and watches over their interests.”

Wessex News 27th October 1959
‘An appeal to Musicians’
New conductor Mr John Bussell, “every indication that this year’s performances will attain an even higher standard than last year.”
President and leader: Geoffrey Gill who “hopes it will be possible for the Orchestra to put on two concerts this session instead of only one as in previous years.” More instrumentalists urgently required. Orchestra meets every Thursday evening at 8pm in the Refectory.

Wessex News 17th November 1959
Orchestra still under the Music Society. Full numerical strength exceeds 30, comprising the full range of instruments apart from trombone, horn and double bass.

2nd March 1961
The University Orchestra
Senior Common Room
Conductor: James Toft
Leader: Geoffrey Gill
Piano: Michael O’Mahony
Works by Beethoven, Schumann, Vaughan-Williams, Schubert and Bartok
University of Southampton Information Bulletin Vol. 1, No. 5.
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Wessex News 7th March 1961
Performance last Thursday evening, encouragingly well attended (the concert listed above!)
Conductor: James Toft
Leader: Geoffrey Gill
Beethoven – Egmont Overture
Schmann – Piano Concero
Schubert – Symphony No. 7
Vaughan-Williams – English Folk Song Suite
Bartok- Rumanian Dances

University of Southampton Arts Festival 1961
Performance from the University Music Society
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Dr P. A. Evans to the Chair of Music from 1st October, 1961
University of Southampton Information Bulletin Vol. 2, No. 1
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Wessex News 27th February 1962
“The transformation Professor Evans has brought about in student musical activity has exceeded all expectation. We now have an orchestra of orchestral size which is good enough to perform.”
Concert on Wednesday 14th February
Programme:
Beethoven – Prometheus Overture
Mozart – Violin concerto in A major (Soloist: Horst Holstein)
Purcell – March and Canzona from the music for Queen Mary’s funeral
Schubert – Unfinished Symphony

Tuesday 13th March Arts Festival 1962
The Orchestra (Music and Choral Societies) 8.15pm in West Building
Mozart – Don Giovanni Overture
Sibelius – Pelleas et Melisande Suite
Handel – Dettingen Te Deum (joint with The Chorus)
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University of Southampton Information Bulletin Vol. 2 No. 10
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1964-67 Irene Orton led the 2nd violins and remembers Peter Evans conducting. Barry Wilde (member of staff) led the orchestra at the time as Peter appointed him resident violinist. He later went on to lead the Northern Sinfonia.

29th January 1963
Music Society concert, 8:15pm. South Stoneham House. Orchestral concert with works by Bruckner, Arnold, Saint-Saens and Clementi
University of Southampton Information Bulletin Vol. 3 No. 7
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11th December 1963
University Music and Choral societies. 8.15pm. Reception Room. Works by Copland, Faure, Beethoven and Charpentier.
University of Southampton Information Bulletin Vol. 4 No. 5
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Wednesday 17th March 1965 (part of Arts Festival)
Reception Room. University Orchestra conducted by Peter Evans.
University of Southampton Information Bulletin Vol. 5 No. 10
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Monday 13th December 1965
Nuffield Theatre. Symphony Concert by the University Orchestra (leader: Barry Wilde), conducted by Peter Evans, with Lumsden (piano). Programme includes Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, Liszt’s 1st Piano Concerto, and the first performance of a new work written for the orchestra by Jonathan Harvey.
University of Southampton Information Bulletin Vol. 6 No. 5
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24th March 1966 – Arts Festival
Reception Room
University Orchestra
Conductor: Peter Evans
Leader: Barry Wilde
Includes Wagner’s Pre-lude ‘Die Meistersinger’

11th December 1966
University Orchestra
Nuffield Theatre
Conductor: Peter Evans
Beethoven – Egmont Overture
Brahms – Symphony No.2
Stravinsky – Apollon Musagete
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6th March 1967
University Orchestra
Glen Eyre School
Conductor: Peter Evans
Bruckner – Overture in G Minor
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No.4 (Soloist: Ronald Lumsden)
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11th December 1967
Southampton University Orchestra
Reception Room
Conductors: Peter Evans and Jonathan Harvey
Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto (Soloist: Barry Wilde)
Borodin – Symphony No. 1
University of Southampton Information Bulletin LF 787.64

Wednesday 13th March 1968 (part of Arts Festival)
Reception Room. The University Orchestra, conducted by Jonathan Harvey, will perform the ‘Flying Dutchman Overture’ by Wagner, and ‘Symphony No. 9 in C major (The Great)’ by Schubert. Tickets from Nuffield Theatre Box-office.
University of Southampton Information Bulletin Vol. 8 No. 10
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Thursday 5th December 1968
University Orchestra. 8pm. Reception Room. Conductor, Jonathan Harvey, with Sharon McKinley (cello). Programme includes the Celo Concerto by Elgar and Symphonic Variations by Dvorak.
University of Southampton Information Bulletin Vol. 9 No. 5
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Thursday 20th March 1969
8pm, Glen Eyre School. University Orchestra.
Conductors: Jonathan Harvey and Eric Grabner
Programme includes: Bruckner Symphony No. 3 and Beethoven’s violin concerto (Peter Thomas).
University of Southampton Information Bulletin Vol. 9 No. 10
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September 1969, Orchestral Society established from the Music Society.
The Music Society’s main concern in the University Orchestra, which gives two concerts a year. Rehearsals held on Wednesday evenings. Chamber music is also encouraged, as is organising concert trips and talks on music etc.
Southampton University Union Handbooks
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Friday 5th December 1969
Reception Room. University Orchestra, conductor: Eric Grabner, Violin: Peter Thomas. Works by Mozart, Berlioz and Schumann.
University of Southampton Information Bulletin Vol. 10 No. 5
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Thursday 19th March 1970
Reception Room. University Orchestra.
Conductors: Ian Brown and Eric Grabner
Programme:
Hindemith – Five pieces for String Orchestra Op. 44, No. 4
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 2 (Piano: Ian Brown)
Dvorak – Symphony No. 8 in G major
University of Southampton Information Bulletin Vol. 10 No. 10
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Thursday 3rd December 1970
Reception Room. University Orchestra, Conductor: Ian Brown, with Sharon McKinley (cello). Cello concerto by Dvorak and Symphony No. 5 by Beethoven.

4th December 1974
University Orchestra
Turner Sims
Conductor: Richard Studt
Dvorak – Cello concerto (Martin Robinson) and works by Brahms + Wagner
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2nd October 1977
University Orchestral Society
Conductor: Peter Evans
Leader: Jeremy Ovenden
Weber – Overture: Der Freischutz
Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto in D
Schubert – Symphony No. 8
Rawsthorne – Overture: Street Corner

3rd December 1977
University Orchestra
Turner Sims
Conductor: Peter Evans
Leader: Patricia Knight
Wagner – Overture: Die Meistersinger
Vaughan-Williams – Tuba Concerto (Soloist: Andrew Noble)
Nielsen – Symphony No.5
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12th March 1978
The University Orchestra
Conductor: Peter Evans and Francis Corke
Leader: Patricia Knight
Beethoven – Overture: Leonora No 3
Walton – Concerto for viola and orchestra (Soloist: Richard Muncey)
Dvorak – Symphony No. 9

1st October 1978
University Orchestra
Conductor: Peter Evans
Leader: Jeremy Ovenden
Beethoven – Overture: Fidelio
Hummel – Trumpet Concerto in E Flat (Soloist: Bram Wiggins)
Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 3 in A Minor
Copland – Outdoor Adventure
“This concert is being given by students who have attended an orchestral course before the beginning of term. The course is organised by the Orchestral Society and most of the students are from the first year.”

3rd December 1978
The University Orchestra
Conductor: Peter Evans
Leader: Patricia Knight
Walton – Overture: Portsmouth Point
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor (Soloist: Rosemarie Wright)
Sibelius – Symphony No. 5

15th March 1979
The University Orchestra
Conductor: Peter Evans
Leader: Patricia Knight
Mendelssohn – Overture: Ruy Blas
Bruch – Violin Concerto No. 1 (Soloist: Jennifer Nickson)
Brahms – Symphony No. 4

13th December 1979
University Orchestra
Conductor: Eric Graebner
Leader: Ann Hooley
Soprano: Claire Leonard
Piano Obligato: Eric Graebner
Wagner – Overture: The Flying Dutchman
Mozart – Arias for Soprano and Orchestra
Saint-Saens – Symphony No.3 (Soloist: Frank Marshall)

15th March 1980
The University Orchestra
Conductors: David Ashman and Eric Graebner
Leader: Ann Hooley
Rossini – Overture La Cenerentola
Bach – Concerto for two violins in D minor (Soloists: Andrew Timmins and Siriol Jenkins)
Faure – Pavane
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No.1 (original version: probably first performance in this country)

5th October 1980
Orchestral Concert
Conductor: Peter Evans
Leader: Siriol Jenkins
Mendelssohn – Overture: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage
Mozart – Ballet Music from Idomeneo
Sibelius – Suite: Pelleas et Melisande
Beethoven – Symphony No. 1

6th December 1980
Conductor: Peter Evans
Leader; Ann Hooley
Mozart – The Magic Flute
Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in E minor (Soloist: Ann Hooley)
Dvorak – Symphony No.8

14th March 1981
University Orchestra
Conductors: David Ashman and Peter Evans
Leaders: Diana Welton and Siriol Jenkins
Rossini – Overture: L’Italiana in Algeri
Mozart – Violin Concert in A (Soloist: Siriol Jenkins)
Brahms – Symphony No.1

28th June 1981
A Choral and Orchestral Concert
Conductor: Peter Evans
Leader: Patricia Knight
Haydn – Symphony No. 104
Mozart – Requiem

4th October 1981
Pre-term Orchestral Concert
Conductor: Peter Evans
Leader: Martin White
Bruckner – Overture in G minor
Hindemith – Five string Pieces (Soloist: Elizabeth Porter, violin)
Saint-Saens – Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso (Soloist: Diana Welton, violin)
Gounod – Petite Symphonie for Wind Instruments
Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 in C minor

5th December 1981
The University Orchestra
Conductor: Peter Evans
Leader: Diana Welton
Beethoven – Overture: Egmont
Schumann – Piano concerto in A minor (Soloist: Etelvina Rodrigues)
Berwald – Symphonie Singuliere

13th March 1982
The University Orchestra
Conductors: Jeremy Dibble/Christopher Mark
Leader: Elizabeth Porter
Faure – Suite: Pelleas et Melisande
Mendelssohn – Overture: The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave)
Maxwell Davies – Five Klee Pictures
Elgar – Nursery Suite
Elgar – Romance for bassoon and orchestra (Soloist: Amanda Hazzard)

Sunday 3rd October 1982
Pre-Term Orchestral Concert
Conductor: Peter Evans
Leader: Elizabeth Porter
Copland – An Outdoor Adventure
Richard Strauss – Serenade
J. S. Bach – Concerto in D minor for violin and oboe (Soloists: Elizabeth Porter and Sylvia Turner)
Schubert – Symphony No. 9

Saturday 4th December 1982
The University Orchestra
Conductor: Peter Evans
Leader: Elizabeth Porter
Berkeley/Britten – Mont Juic: Suite of Catalan Dances
Elgar – Cello Concerto in E minor (Soloist: Sharon McKinley)
Brahms – Symphony No. 2

12th March 1983
University Orchestra
Conductor: Jeremy Dibble
Leader: Anne-Marie Norman
Schumann – Overture, Scherzo and Finale
Hindemith – Trauermusik for viola and strings
Sibelius – Swan of Tuonela
Parry – Symphony No.2 (Cambridge)

15th December 1983
The University Orchestra
Conductor: Peter Evans
Leader: Jacqueline Dickinson
Brahms – “Tragic” Overture
Weill – Symphony No. 2
Borodin – Symphony No. 2

17th March 1984
The University Orchestra
Conductor: Eric Graebner
Leader: Roger Peach
Tchaikovsky – Fantasy Overture: Romeo & Juliette
Graebner – Oboe Concertino No. 2 (Soloist: Sylvia Turner) * First performance
Brahms – Symphony No. 3

Tuesday 2nd October 1984
Orchestral course for new students
Conductor: Peter Evans
Leader: Peter Claste
Mendelssohn – Hebrides Overture
Mozart – Oboe Concerto in C (Soloist: Joanna Woodward)
Dvorak – Czech Suite
Haydn – Symphony No. 103 in E flat

8th December 1984
The University Orchestra
Conductor: Peter Evans
Leader: Peter Castle
Elgar – Overture: Froissart
Brahms – Violin Concerto in D (Soloist: Michael Bochmann)
Sibelius – Symphony No. 3

16th March 1985
The University Orchestra
Turner Sims
Conductor: Stephen Bell
Leader: Peter Castle
Humperdinck – Overture: Hansel & Gretel
Walton – Concerto for viola & orchestra (Soloist: Martin Outram)
Kallinikov – Symphony No. 1 in G minor

Tuesday 1st October 1985
Pre-term Orchestral course concert
Conductor: Professor Peter Evans
Leader: Judith Reed
Mozart – Overture: Do Giovanni
Gounod – Petite Symphonie
Mike Sheppard – Concerto for orchestra
Hindemith – Funf Stucke
Beethoven – Symphony No. 2 in D

Saturday 7th December 1985
The University Orchestra
Conductor: Peter Evans
Leader: Judith Reed
Wagner – A Faust Overture
Thea Musgrave – Theme & Interludes
Saint-Saens – Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso (Soloist: David Angel (violin))
Dvorak – Symphony No. 6

30th September 1986
Pre-term Concert
Turner Sims
Conductor: Peter Evans
Leader: Sarah Thorne
Mendelssohn – Hebrides Overture
Mozart – Flute Concerto No.1
Prokofiev – Overture on Hebrew Themes
Beethoven – Symphony No.1
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6th December 1986
Turner Sims
Conductor: Peter Evans
Leader: Sarah Thorne
Gluck – Overture: Iphigenia in Aulis
Lutoslawski – Little Suite
Strauss – Horn Concerto No.2 (Soloist: Jonathan Cox)
Sibelius – Symphony No.5
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14th March 1987
The University Orchestra
Conductor: Stephen Bell
Leader: Lois Ferguson
Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No.3 (Soloist: Nicholas Austin)
Shostakovich – Symphony No.5
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29th September 1987
Pre-term Concert at Turner Sims
Conductor: Peter Evans
Leader: David Barlow
Beethoven – Promethus Overture
Faure- Pavane
Mozart – Violin concert No.4 (Soloist: Philippa Hodgson)
Beethoven – Symphony No.8
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5th December 1987
Southampton University Symphony Orchestra
Turner Sims
Conductor: Peter Evans
Leader: Phillipa Hodgson
Beethoven – Corolian Overture
Janacek – Lachian Dances
Bartok – Concerto for viola and orchestra (Soloist: Martin Outram)
Dvorak – Symphony No.7
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13th March 1988
The University Orchestra
Turner Sims
Tchaikovsky – Romeo and Juliette Overture
Tchaikovsky – Nocturne
Tchaikovsky – Rococo Variations (Soloist: Michael Kaznowski)
Prokofiev – Symphony No.5
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26th September 1989
Conductor: Antony Dennant
Leader: Joanna Mackenie
Mozart – Magic Flute Overture
Mozart- Violin Concerto No.5 in A Major (Soloist: David Barlow)
Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G major (Soloists: Joanna Ridger, Mark Proctor, Antony Dennant)
Beethoven – Symphony No.1

2nd December 1989
Southampton University Orchestra
Conductor: Stephen Dummer
Leader: Sharone Ross
Shostakovich – Festive Overture
Elgar – Cello Concerto (Soloist Michael Kaznowski)
Sibelius – Symphony No.2

10th March 1990
The University Orchestra
Conductor: Steven Dummer
Leader: Antony Dennant
Wagner – Die Meistersinger Overture
Mozart – Sinfonie Concertante for violin and viola in Eb (Solosits: David Angel and Martin Outram)
Shostakovich – Symphony No.10
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Tuesday 2nd October 1990
Fresher’s Orchestral Concert
Mozart – Magic Flute Overture
Schubert – Symphony No. 8
Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 (Soloists: Violin – Daniel Ross, Flutes – Julia Downs and Lucy Wray
Beethoven – Symphony No. 1

8th December 1990
Southampton University Orchestra
Conductor: Antony Dennant
Leaders: Claire Hollocks and Joanna Mackenzie
Beethoven – Coriolan Overture
Mozart – Horn Concerto No. 3 in Eb (Soloist: Jonathan Cox)
Elgar – Symphony No. 1
SOLD OUT PERFORMANCE IN TURNER SIMS, SEE EMAIL FROM ANTONY DENNANT.

Saturday 16th March 1991
Southampton University Orchestra
Turner Sims
Conductor: Antony Dennant
Leaders: Claire Hollocks and Joanna Mackenzie
Brahms – Double concerto in A minor (Soloists: Thomas Bowes and Michal Kaznowski)
Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5

1st October 1991
Southampton University Orchestra Course
Turner Sims
Conductor: Antony Dennant
Leader: Gemma Collins
Schubert – Symphony No.5
Albinoni – Adagio for strings and organ (Organ: Andrew Daldorph)
Bartok – Romanian Folk Dances
Beethoven – Symphony No.3
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7th December 1991
Southampton University Symphony Orchestra
Turner Sims
Conductor: Antony Dennant
Leader: Sharone Ross
Soloist: Amanda Kelly
James Cook – Symphony in Yellow
Grieg – Piano Concerto in A minor
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 6

Friday 13th and Saturday 14th March 1992
Southampton University Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Antony Dennant
Leader: Joanna Mackenzie
Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 (gustav Mahler score)
EMAIL FROM ANTONY DENNANT- LAST PERFORMANCE OF THE MAHLER SCORE HAD BEEN IN 1915 UNDER SCHOENBERG.

“In, I think, 1991, we did a performance of Mahler’s reworking of Beethoven 9. You may know the university has a thing called The Anna Mahler Collection in the library archives. It’s basically a number of Mahler’s own conducting scores, including 2 versions of the Beethoven. At the time, I was a bit Mahler mad & got excited about the idea of performing it again – as far as we knew, the last performance had been conducted by Schoenberg in 1915!

So, with the library’s permission & over several months, we transcribed all the alterations into a new Breitkopf score (the closest we could find to the edition Mahler had used) & then transcribed these alterations into a new set of parts. It was a very special experience, working on the pages Mahler had himself worked on (all his alterations in different colour inks!) & actually conducted from.

Of course, today, we have period performance orchestras to give Beethoven’s music its original clarity, but Mahler was approaching essentially the same issue – that the sound of the orchestra had changed – from the other end. He changed the orchestration to get the projection he wanted. The orchestra is big, with 2 timpanists & loads more brass, but it’s used relatively elegantly – it certainly doesn’t sound like the Mantovani orchestra doing Bach Toccatas, though you do sometimes get peculiarly Mahlerian moments with a high, doubled w/wind sound that doesn’t sound much like Beethoven. Still, it’s fascinating – I imagine the parts we put together are probably around somewhere in the orchestral library (which I seem to remember had a disproportionately large number of scores by Alan Rawsthorne – can’t imagine why – it never got played when I was there, but perhaps there’s some Peter Evans connection).”

Saturday 27th June 1992
University of Southampton Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Antony Dennant
Leader: Joanna Mackenzie
Tchaikovsky – Romeo and Juliet
Elgar- Sospiri
Sibelius – Symphony No. 1

29th September 1992
Pre-term Course Orchestral Concert
Conductor: Antony Dennant
Leaders: Jacqueline Heymans and Cheryl Palmer
Mendelssohn – Hebrides Overture
Schubert – Symphony No. 5
Beethoven – Symphony No. 1
Bartok – Romanian Folk Dances

5th December 1992
University of Southampton Symphony Orchestra
Turner Sims
Conductor: Antony Dennant
Leader: Rachel Adams
Mussorgsky – Night on a Bare Mountain
Rachmaninov – Isle of the Dead
Brahms – Symphony No.1

Saturday 13th March 1993
Southampton University Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Antony Dennant
Leader: Rachel Adams
Elgar – Overture, Cockaigne (in London Town)
Barber – Adagio for Strings
Elgar – Prelude to The Kingdom
Mussorgsky – Pictures from an Exhibition

??
University of Southampton Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Antony Dennant
Leader: Rachel Adams
Mozart – Overture Cosi Fan Tutte
Brahms – Hungarian Dances
Schuman – Symphony No. 1

??
University Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Antony Dennant
Hindemith – Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber
Rachmaninov – Symphony No. 1

Autumn 1993
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 1
De Falla – Ritual Fire Dance
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Simon Pickering President from Xmas 1993 – pre-tour 1995
“It was a fairly tumultuous time as Anthony Dennant was retiring, along with the entire committee. Membership was low and there was no money. As an entirely first year committee we pretty-much had to reboot the orchestra. We took the orchestra to the NAYO festival in Edinburgh, (I can’t vouch for the history, but no-one at the time had known the orchestra to have toured before) and got the orchestra back in the black by doubling the concerts programme and increasing the membership from 60 to 90. We held auditions for a new conductor.”

Saturday 12th March 1994
Southampton University Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Antony Dennant
Leader: Claire Weyland
Wagner – Overture Rienzi
Brahms – Schicksalslied (Song of Fate) (with members of the Southampton University Choral Society)
Rachmaninov – Symphony No. 1 in D minor

28th May 1994
Southampton University Symphony Orchestra
Turner Sims
Conductor: Antony Dennant
Leader: Claire Weyland
Shostakovich – Festive Overture
Malcolm Arnold – Little Suites 1 and 2
Glazunov – Autumn

Series of performances at Edinburgh Festival as final performances with Antony Dennant, rep Tchaik 4. Left due to increasing work as a freelance violinist in London.

Robin Browning:
changed the format of the entire year. SUSO gave 2 gigs before my time, Xmas and Easter. We changed to 6: doing two performances of each programme (often at diff venues) and adding sessions in the third term. • created the assistant conductor position • summer tours became far more ambitious. Early ones were to Prague, Hungary, Barcelona. Before that it was Glasgow once every 2 years, if that • began far more eclectic and ambitious repertoire, including in early seasons Mahler (1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 10) Bruckner (4, 7, 8 ) Shostakovich (5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15) Le Sacre (twice) etc etc

Friday 8th and Sunday 10th December 1994
Southampton University Symphony Orchestra
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9
Barber: First Essay for Orchestra
Bernstein: West Side Story Suite
Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

1995/1996
Musical Director: Robin Browning
Leader: Stephan Kreutzfeld

1996/1997
Musical Director: Robin Browning
Leader: Fiona Richards
May 1997
Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture
Schubert: Symphony No. 8 (unfinished)
Brahms: Symphony No. 2

1997/1998
Musical Director: Robin Browning
Leader: Fiona Richards
November 1997
Stravinsky: Petrushka
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

February 1998
Mahler: Blumine
Mahler: Symphony No. 1
Sibelius: Symphony No. 7

May 1998
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments

1998/99
Music Director: Robin Browning
Assistant Conductor: Paul Ingram
Leader: Christine Woodward
President: Aaron Hampton

28 & 29 November 1998, Turner Sims Concert Hall
Wagner: Tannhäuser Overture
Sibelius: En Saga
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

27 February 1999, New Hall, Winchester
28 February 1999, Turner Sims Concert Hall
Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
Francaix: L’Horloge de Flore (Fiona Reeves, oboe)
Debussy: La Mer
Brahms: Symphony No. 1

7 & 9 May 1999, Turner Sims Concert Hall
Bernstein: Candide Overture
Elgar: Serenade for Strings
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade

1999/2000
Music Director: Robin Browning
Assistant Conductor: Jonathan Payne
Leader: Elizabeth Spencer
President: Steve Meers

27 & 28 November 1999, Turner Sims Concert Hall
Mussorgsky: Night on a Bare Mountain
Sibelius: Symphony No. 6
Debussy: Prélude à l’après midi d’un faune
Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet Suites 1 & 2 (excerpts)

23 & 25 February 2000, Turner Sims Concert Hall
Danny Field: Voce
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (Phillip Jacobs, piano)
Williams: Symphonic Suite from Star Wars
Dvorak: Symphony No. 7

12 May 2000, Turner Sims Concert Hall
13 May 2000, St Peter’s Church, Bournemouth
Chabrier: España
Elgar: Sospiri
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 12, ‘The Year 1917’

Pre-term Course Concert
30 September 2000, New Hall, Winchester
Conductors: Jonathan Payne and Paul Ingram
Brahms: Academic Festival Overture*
Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien*
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10§

2000/01
Music Director: Robin Browning
Assistant Conductor: David Smith
Leader: Elizabeth Spencer
President: Chris Bishop

8 & 9 December 2000, Turner Sims Concert Hall
Wagner: Overture: Rienzi
Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

9 March 2001, St. Mary’s Church, Southampton
10 March 2001, Romsey Abbey
Brahms: Tragic Overture
Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from ‘West Side Story’
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3, ‘Organ’

12 & 13 May 2001, Turner Sims Concert Hall
Shostakovich: Festive Overture
Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, ‘Pathétique’

Pre-term Course Concert
29 September 2001, Turner Sims Concert Hall
Conductor: David Smith
Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon Overture
Fung Lam: …in transit…
Copland: Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5

2001/02
Music Director: Robin Browning
Assistant Conductor: Marcus Reeves
Leader: Colin Reynolds
President: Jane Bevan

8 & 9 December 2001, Turner Sims Concert Hall
Nielsen: Helios Overture
Lutoslawski: Livre pour orchestra
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5

University of Southampton Golden Jubilee Concert
22 March 2002, Southampton Guildhall
Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture
Evan Jolly: [new work]
Mahler: Symphony No. 2, ‘Resurrection’

25 May 2002, Portsmouth Old Cathedral
26 May 2002, Turner Sims Concert Hall
Copland: Appalachian Spring
Brahms: Symphony No. 3
Khachaturian: Gayaneh Suites 1 & 3 (excerpts)
Peter Maxwell Davies: An Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise

2002/03
Music Director: Robin Browning
Assistant Conductor: David Smith
Leaders: Tom Nelson and Carrie White
President: Rob Hagon

7 & 8 December 2002, St Mary’s, Southampton
John Adams: Tromba Lontana
Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre
Ravel: La Valse
John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra

14 March 2003, St Mary’s, Southampton
15 March 2003, Romsey Abbey
Elgar: In the South
Respighi: Pines of Rome
Bruckner: Symphony No. 7

14 June 2003, St Mary’s, Southampton
15 June 2003, Turner Sims Concert Hall
Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Williams: Symphonic Suite from The Empire Strikes Back
Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2

Pre-term Course Concert
26 September 2003, Turner Sims Concert Hall
Conductor: David Smith
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1
Ravel: Shéhérazade (Rhona McGregor, soprano)
Sibelius: Symphony No. 3

2003/04
Music Director: Robin Browning
Assistant Conductor: Joanna Mattock
Leader: Tom Nelson
President: David Smith

6 December 2003, St Ambrose Church, Bournemouth
7 December 2003, Turner Sims Concert Hall
Barber: Overture to ‘The School for Scandal’
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 (Richard Studt, violin)
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5

13 March 2004, Thornden Hall, Chandler’s Ford
14 March 2004, St Mary’s Church, Southampton
Glinka: Overture: Ruslan and Ludmilla
Rachmaninov: Isle of the Dead
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7

12 & 13 June 2004, Turner Sims Concert Hall
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
Hindemith: Symphony: Mathis der Maler
James MacMillan: The Confession of Isobel Gowdie
Gershwin: An American in Paris

YEAR 2004-2005 IS MISSING

2005/06
Musical Director: Robin Browning
Assistant Conductor: Tom Horn
Leader: Tom Horn
President: Lyndsay Gillot

December 2005: Turner Sims Concert Hall
Sibelius: Tapiola
Adams: The Chairman Dances
Bernstein: On the Waterfront
Nielsen: Symphony No. 4: The Inextinguishable

March 2006: St. Mary’s Church, Southampton ; Thornden Hall, Chandler’s Ford
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 The Year 1905

June 2006: Turner Sims Concert Hall
Mussorgsky: Night on Bare Mountain
Khachaturian: Concert Suite from Masquerade & Gayanneh
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

2006/07
Musical Director: Robin Browning
Assistant Conductor: Craig Lawton
Leader: Andy Weaver
President: Paul Fitzpatrick

December 2006: Turner Sims Concert Hall
Bernstein: Candide Overture
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3: Soloist – Nicholas Walker
Elgar: Symphony No. 2

March 2007: St. Peter’s Church, Bournemouth ; St Mary’s Church, Southampton
Sibelius: Symphony No. 7
Bruckner: Symphony No. 8

June 2007: Turner Sims Concert Hall
Borodin: Polovstian Dances
Copland: Appalachian Spring
Strauss: Suite from der Rosenkavalier
Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

August 2007: Turner Sims Concert Hall
Strauss: Die Fledermaus
Borodin: Polovstian Dances
Balakirev: Piano Concerto No. 2: Soloist – Nicholas Walker
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

2007/08
Musical Director: Robin Browning
Assistant Conductor: Dominic Harries
Leader: Rachel Butterworth
President: Mark Bamping

December 2007: Turner Sims Concert Hall
Wagner: Tannhauser Overture
Sibelius: Karelia Suite
Scriabin: Poem of Ecstasy
Brahms: Symphony No.1 in C minor

March 2008: Romsey Abbey, Romsey ; St. Mary’s Church, Southampton
Mahler: Symphony No. 10

June 2008: Turner Sims Concert Hall
Arnold: English Dances Suite 1
Bizet: Carmen Suites 1 & 2
Ravel: Bolero
Zimmer: Music from Gladiator
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6

2008/09
Musical Director: Robin Browning
Assistant Conductor: Adam Crane
Leader: Alice Plant
President: Amelia Thurston

December 2008: Turner Sims Concert Hall
Dvorak: Scherzo Capriccioso
Lalo: Symphonie Espagnol: Soloist – Tania Goldberg
Sibelius: Pohjola’s Daughter
Glinka: Russlan & Ludmilla Overture
Debussy: Iberia

March 2009: St. Mary’s Church, Southampton ; King Alfred Hall, Winchester
Mussorgsky: Night on a Bare Mountain
Rachmaninoff: Isle of the Dead
Shostakovich: Symphony no. 10

June 2009: Turner Sims Concert Hall
Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Suite
Stravinsky: Petrushka
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet

2009/10
Musical Director: Robin Browning
Assistant Conductor: Harriet Oughton
Leader: Alice Plant
President: Katherine Hattersley

December 2009: Turner Sims Concert Hall
Elgar: In the South
Elgar: Cello Concerto: Soloist- John Myerscough
Nielsen: Aladdin Suite
Sibelius: Symphony No.1

March 2010: Romsey Abbey ; St. Mary’s Church, Southampton
Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments
Mahler: Symphony No. 9

June 2010: Turner Sims Concert Hall
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6
Shostakovich: Jazz Suite No.2
Borodin: Polovtsian Dances
Khachaturian: Waltz from Masquerade Suite

Preterm September 2010: Turner Sims
Conductor: Harriet Oughton
Stravinsky – Firebird Suite
Borodin – Prince Igor Overture
Borodin – In the Steppes of Central Asia
Tchaikovsky – Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

2010/11
Musical Director: Robin Browning
Assistant Conductor: Rowan Baker
Leader: Alice Plant/Lucy Richardson
President: Rachael Alderman

December 2010: Turner Sims Concert Hall
Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra
Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto: Soloist – Savitri Grier

March 2011: St Mary’s Church, Southampton
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 ‘Leningrad’
Sibelius: En Saga
Smetana: Vltava (from Ma Vlast)

June 2011: Turner Sims Concert Hall
Elgar: Enigma Variations
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
Walton: Crown Imperial
Maxwell-Davis: An Orkney wedding with sunrise
Arnold: Peterloo Overture

Preterm September 2011: Turner Sims
Conductor: Rowan Baker
Dvorak – Symphony No. 9
Barber – First Essay for Orchestra
Stravinsky – Circus Polka
Copland – Billy the Kid

2011/12
Musical Director: Robin Browning
Assistant Conductor: Alex Fryer
Leader: Biengo
President: Alex Segrave

December 2011: Turner Sims Concert Hall
Shostakovich: Festive Overture
Sibelius: King Christian Suite
Mahler: Symphony No. 1

March 2012: Romsey Abbey and Thorndon Hall
Bruckner: Symphony No. 4
Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphesis on a Theme by Carl Maria Weber
Liszt: Prometheus

June 2012: Turner Sims Concert Hall
Prokofiev – Symphony No. 5
Rachmaninov – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Soloist – Paul Gardner
Mosolov – Iron Foundry
Rimsky-Korsakov – Overture on Three Russian Themes

Tour to Barcelona

Preterm September 2012: Turner Sims, Southampton
Conductor: Alex Fryer
Stravinsky – Symphony in E Flat
Sibelius – Violin Concerto (Soloist: Anca Campanie)
Tchaikovsky: Polonaise from Eugene Onegin

2012/13
Musical Director: Robin Browning
Assistant Conductor: Frederick Platt
Leader: Ben Jennings
President: Emily Wilson

December 2012: Turner Sims Concert Hall
Shostakovich – Symphony No.15
Rachmaninov – Symphonic Dances
Borodin – Polovtsian Dances

March 2013: St. Mary’s Church, Southampton
Dvorak – Carnival Overture
Sibelius – Tapiola
Tchaikovsky – Manfred Symphony

June 2013: Turner Sims, Southampton
Elgar – Symphony No. 1
Vaughan Williams – In the Fen Country
Britten – Four Sea Interludes

2013/14
Musical Director: Robin Browning
Assistant Conductor: Kevin Withell
Leader: Ben Jennings
President: James Locke-Scobie

December 2013: Turner Sims Concert Hall
Bernstein – Facsimile
Barber – First Essay for Orchestra
Marquez – Danzon No. 2
Chavez – Symphony No.2
Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue

March 2014: St. Mary’s Church, Southampton ; Romsey Abbey
Prokofiev – Romeo and Juliet Suite
Panufnik – Sinfonia Sacra (Symphony No.3)
Sibelius – Finlandia

June 2014: Turner Sims, Southampton
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 5
Kodaly – Concerto for Orchestra
Mussorgsky – Night on Bald Mountain

Preterm September 2014: Turner Sims, Southampton
Conductor: Kevin Withell
Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5
Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake Suite
Saint-Saens – Danse Macabre

2014/15
Musical Director: Robin Browning
Assistant Conductor: Joe Beckhelling
Leader: Kanon Miyashita
President: Harriet Compton

December 2014: Turner Sims Concert Hall ; Victory Centre
Arnold – English Dances, Set 1
Arnold – Clarinet Concerto No.2
Elgar – Polonia
Vaughan Williams – Symphony No.6

March 2015: St. Mary’s Church, Southampton ; Romsey Abbey
Humperdinck – Hansel & Gretel
Bruch – Violin Concerto No.1: Soloist – Ben Baker
Mahler – Symphony No.6

June 2015: Turner Sims Concert Hall
Sibelius – Symphony No 2 in D, Op 43
Ravel – Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No 2
Rimsky-Korsakov – Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op 36

Tour to Bordeaux

Preterm September 2015: St Mary’s Church
Conductor: Joe Beckhelling
David Owen Norris – Turning Points *World Premiere
Walton – Suite from Henry V
Leigh – Agincourt

2015/16
Conductors: Robin Browning, George Jackson, Tom Hammond
Assistant Conductor: Christian Drew
Leader: Kath Roberts
President: Ashley Westmacott

November 2015: Turner Sims Concert Hall
Conductor: Robin Browning (this marked Robin’s final concert with SUSO after 21 years as Music Director)
Nielsen – Symphony No.4
Sibelius – Pohjola’s Daughter
Debussy – Prelude a L’apres Midi D’un Faune
Vaughan Williams – Wasps Overture

March 2016: Romsey Abbey ; Central Hall, Southampton
Conductor: George Jackson
Sibelius – Lemminkainen Suite
Elgar – Wand of Youth Suite No. 1
Tchaikovsky – Romeo and Juliette Fantasy Overture

June 2016: Turner Sims Concert Hall
Conductor: Tom Hammond
Prokofiev – Symphony No. 5
Arnold – Ballet Suite: Homage to the Queen
Stravinsky – Four Norwegian Moods
Matthew Taylor – Overture: The Needles

Preterm September 2016: Swaythling Methodist Church
Conductor: Christian Drew
Rachmaninov – Symphony No. 2
Tchaikovsky – Capriccio Italien
Alga Mao – Ling of the Village in the East (Student composition)
Christian Drew – In Different Frames