Croscombe Village Hall Fayreway Croscombe Somerset BA5 3RAThe orchestra promotes 4 concerts a year, all at Strode Theatre, Street. We also perform once a year at Wells Cathedral for the “Sing for Somerset” carol service (promoted by Somerset Life).
At the heart of life of Wells Cathedral is the daily pattern of prayer and worship. Music is integral to the worshipping and educational life of this holy place. A particularly busy time is in December when a number of organisations arrange christmas services. One of these is the "Somerset Life" carol service. The MSO has supported this annual charity event for a number of years now.
There are currently no advertised orchestral vacancies, although new rank-and-file string players will always be considered.However the orchestra sometimes needs players to cover for absence in all sections, either in rehearsal or concerts. Additional occasional players are also required when larger works are performed.
The chair of the orchestra maintains a list of players that can be called on in such situations. If interested in being placed on this list, please email us with details of your instrument and experience.
Welcome to MSO’s 2017/18 concert season which commences with a wonderful programme of Rossini, Chopin and Brahms.
Following the recent retirement of Steven Smith after seven years as their Musical Director, the orchestra will be engaging different guest conductors for each of our concerts this season. The first of these, Tim Pithers, who gained a double first in Music and French at Exeter University, has a fine reputation and is currently working with a number of orchestras and ensembles based in the South West.
The soloist in Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.2 is Hannah Mitchell who also studied at Exeter University and then at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Hannah is now a very established performer, teacher and examiner based in South Wales where she is also half of the musical piano/flute duo “Tranquillo”.
The concert begins with arguably one of Rossini’s finest overtures Semiramide, followed by the evening’s highlight, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No2, which was premiered in 1830 and has been a firm concert favourite ever since. After the interval, the orchestra plays Brahms’ masterful, light and airy second symphony, which some critics have likened in character to Beethoven’s Pastoral.
Rehearsing for this evenings performance
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Just over three weeks to go until the summer concert.
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Members of the Mid Somerset Orchestra wind section are performing Folk Songs and Myths from around the world at a charity supper concert in support of the RUH Forever Friends appeal.
Tickets £15 in advance
(£20 on the door)
Contact Graham Darke 01749 677062
The spirit of “Merrie England” is at the heart of this summer offering, opening with the inspiration of English folk song with a local flavour in Gustav Holst’s A Somerset Rhapsody, leading to 2 ethereal masterpieces by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus for strings and harp, and the much-loved and ever-popular The Lark Ascending for Solo Violin and Chamber Orchestra, inspired by the poem by George Meredith. The celebrated violin solo will be played by MSO leader Hywel Jenkins.
The second half of the concert will move away from the rarefied to the rather more cosmopolitan inspiration of the English stage, first as observed from the world of American Musical Comedy in Robert Russell Bennett’s Symphonic Picture of Frederic Loewe’s My Fair Lady, which was such a runaway success when the MSO last performed it in 2003, then capturing the “Merrie England” spirit literally in Four Dances from the operetta of the same name by Edward German.
The concert will end with a great favourite, The March of the Peers from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe, before we all have the chance to join in Hubert Parry’s Jerusalem.