We're delighted to be back to rehearsing and giving concerts again after a long gap as a result of covid restrictions etc. After a very successful visit to the new Cofton Village Hall with a concert for Mothers Day on 19th March 2023 we were warmly welcomed to All Saints Church Coalbrookdale in June for a concert of Summer Concert Classics.
We were delighted to be joined at our Mothers Day concert at Cofton Village Hall by Keith Woolford of Arch-media who took some fabulous photos of the concert and the orchestra. Do have a look at the gallery to see us enjoying a lovely afternoon concert.
Our 2023 plans include a come-and-play session this autumn (date to be confirmed) to which we hope to welcome some players from the area who might come to join us.
Our 2024 concerts will feature a return to Cofton Village Hall for a New Year concert on Saturday 20th Januiary @ 4pm
We are delighted to be playing a concert on Sunday 9th June 2024 to mark the 80th anniversary of D Day with some themed music of the period.
We are delighted that Samuel Lelluch, our new conductor, has been confirmed as a member of staff at the University of Birmingham and look forward to building on a very positive musical partnership with him.
Samuel is from France and studied the violin at Brussels Royal Conservatoire (Bachelor and Master diplomas), before starting conducting in 2017. He studied with Yves Segers and Bart Bouckaert at Brussels Royal Conservatoire where he obtained a Bachelor (2020) and a Master (2022) in orchestral conducting.
He further developed his skills through two years at the prestigious London Conducting Academy course led by Denise Ham and some of the most prominent conductors in the UK, such as Toby Pursuer, Dominic Grier and Christopher Seaman.
Samuel has been active conducting amateur and student orchestras in France, Belgium and in the UK. He has taken part in several international masterclasses, conducting professional orchestras such as the London Classical Soloists (UK), the MAV Symphony Orchestra (Hungary) and the Beogradski Sinfonicari (Serbia) and benefitting from the tuition of respected conductors and teachers (Jorma Panula, Colin Metters).
Alongside his musical career, Samuel holds a PhD in quantum physics and is currently a research fellow at the University of Birmingham where he also conducts some student music ensembles.
Proms Concert 2017
We held an enjoyable Proms Themed Concert at the Artrix Theatre on 8th July with talented Conductor, Jonathan Maynard. The fun filled programme featured:
Sullivan - Overture to the Pirates of Penzance.
Mozart - Basoon Concerto with fantastic soloist Rebecca Eldridge.
Operatic and Vocal Solos with the talented Judith Le Breuilly.
Henry Wood - Sea Songs and 'Rule Britannia'.
Elgar - Pomp and Circumstance.
Parry - Jerusalem.
Thanks to all who attended!
Photo Credit: Ruth Bourne
In the Press!
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Alongside Vale Harmony Barbershop Chorus and Vale Connection a cappella Chorus, our American themed concert at Evesham Arts Centre on Saturday, July 18th 2015 raised more than £1,200, to be split between St Richard’s Hospice, Worcester-based Leukaemia Care and the Evesham Abbey Bell Tower Appeal.
The concert, which was compered by BBC Midlands Today presenter Michael Collie, followed a previous performance on Saturday, July 4th 2015 – the day America celebrates its independence – at the Artrix Theatre in Bromsgrove.
Chief executive of St Richard's Hospice Mark Jackson said: "This is a fantastic effort, really brilliant. Thank you very much."
Read the full story here.
Letter from local MP!
We received a thrilling letter from local MP, Nigel Huddleston, who attended our 'American Themed' concert at Evesham Arts Centre, 18th July 2015.
See letter below!
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