October 2010 - October 2011 Programme


Orchestral highlights included Mozart Quintet for Piano and Winds, Schumann and Brahms Piano Quintets, Schubert Octet and Poulenc Sextet. Our Chamber Choir and Orchestra presented Handel and Haydn at their brilliant best and a powerful coupling of Tippett and Rutter reflected Passiontide. Our ‘Masterly Mozart’ orchestral concert in February 2012 featured two amazing young soloists.

The ‘Exploring Music’  focused on the Russian and Italian masters of the Twentieth Century, while ‘Musical Milestones’ celebrated the anniversaries of Chopin, Liszt and Mahler.

On the lighter side, ‘Swings the Thing’ and the Virtuosi GUS Band both made a welcome return.  We had evenings devoted to Rogers and Hammerstein, Sondheim and the golden era of British Light Music.

In June 2011 we had a mini choral festival with visits from Polymnia, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and our own New English Singers. The season came to a splendid climax with another appearance by The Sixteen and a scintillating Baroque orchestral programme featuring Bach’s concertos and Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’.

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copy of the complete October 2010 - October 2011 Programme is available: October 2010 - October 2011


September 2009 - July 2010 Programme


The programme offered a superb programme of Baroque and Romantic music including Bach's Mass in B Minor & Haydn's Nelson Mass. The Summer brought a veritable Choral Festival with concerts by Polymnia, The Clerks and the Sixteen as well as our own Choirs who gave a wonderful performance of Rutter's Magnificat at the end of the season.

The ‘Exploring Music’ series looked at outstanding British composers of the twentieth century including Berg, Bartok, Britten, Hindemith, Schoenberg and Stravinsky.

Our ‘Musical Milestones’ series of monthly illustrated talks celebrated the anniversaries of Barber, Handel, Purcell, Schumann.  The series also included an exploration of the works of Bloch, Kodaly Martinu and Suk.

A copy of the complete September 2009 - July 2010 Programme is available: September 2009 - July 2010

August 2008 - July 2009 Programme

Orchestral highlights included Rachmaninov 3rd Piano Concerto and Mozart Clarinet Concerto. Major choral works included Handel Messiah and Brahms Requiem. July saw a wonderful performance of David Fanshawe's African Sanctus.

Our ‘Musical Milestones’ series of monthly illustrated talks celebrated the anniversaries of Haydn and Mendelssohn.  The series also included an exploration of the works of Elliott Carter, Gorecki, Ethel Smyth and Stockhausen.

The ‘Exploring Music’ series continued to illuminate the outstanding British composers of the twentieth century including Bax, Finzi, Tippett and Walton.

A copy of the complete August 2008 - July 2009 programme is available: August 2008 - July 2009 Programme


September 2007 - March 2008 Programme


Major concerts included Brahms' Piano Concerto No 2 coupled with Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony and Bach's St John Passion.

Our ‘Musical Milestones’ series of monthly illustrated talks celebrated the anniversaries of Korngold, Rimsky Korsakov and Messiaen.  The series also included an exploration of the works of three great French organist-composers Widor, Vierne and Langlais whose anniversaries have recently been celebrated.

The ‘Exploring Music’ series featured great English composers of the twentieth centenary including the music of Gustav Holst and Franck Bridge.

A copy of the complete September 2007 - March 2008 programme is available: September 2007 - March 2008 Programme

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