Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra

Next concert

April 22nd


Sleeping Beauty Suite

March from Karelia Suite

Sibelius Symphony No.1

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Wilmslow Leisure Centre

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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70th Anniversary Concert

Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra's first concert of 2017 was a very special one, as it marked our 70th anniversary. Our president, Edward Gregson, conducted and also presided over a special cake-cutting ceremony!

Before that, we tackled an all-Russian programme. The main work this timne was Shostakovich's epic Tenth Symphony, stark and brooding at the opening, but winning through to an energetic finale.

Romantic warmth was supplied by Tchaikovsky's ever-popular Romeo and Juliet overture, and in between we had a more unusual item, the Saxophone Concerto by Alexander Glazunov. Once hailed as the great hope of Russian music, by the 1930s, when this was written, he was in exile in France, and it's a mellow, reflective work. The soloist was Rob Buckland, head of Saxophone at the Royal Northern College of Music.

There is more Tchaikovsky in our next concert. This concert will feature the suite from the Sleeping Beauty together with music by Sibelius, including the popular Finlandia, the March from the Karelia Suite and Symphony No.1.

The concert will take place on Saturday 22nd April at 7.45 in the Evans Theatre in Wilmslow Leisure Centre - with free parking, good disabled access, and a good view for the audience.

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