Concert Season 2019-2020

This year, our 48th season, the M.S.O highlights
a selection of much-loved music that have,
for various reasons, gained nicknames

To find more about each concert and book tickets, follow each of the links below

Autumn Concert

The Unfinished Emporer

Strode Theatre

Saturday 23rd November 2019 7:30PM

Strode Theatre, Street

  • Soloist: Sam Haywood
  • Conductor: Hitoshi Suzuki
  • Leader: Hywel Jenkins


Overture “The Fair Melusine”
Symphony No 8 “Unfinished”
Piano Concerto No 5 “Emporer”

To start the 2019-2020 season of “nicknames”, two titanic repertoire masterpieces receive equal billing in The Mid-Somerset Orchestra’s autumn programme. Despite Schubert’s delightful Symphony in B minor holding the epithet Unfinished, relating to endless conjecture about there being no completed scherzo and finale to make up the four-movement standard, the existing opening and slow movements on their own are generally recognised as being among the most complete lyrical utterances ever created in music.

The second half of the concert will be a performance of Beethoven’s monumental 5th Piano Concerto, known as the Emperor, first performed by its dedicatee, Archduke Rudolf in 1811 in Vienna.

The orchestra is delighted to invite internationally acclaimed concert pianist Sam Haywood as the soloist in the Emperor Concerto for a most welcome return hot on the heels of his performance of Brahms’ 2nd Piano Concerto with the orchestra earlier this year. It was said of that performance that Sam and the orchestra “worked some alchemy” to make of Brahms’ huge concerto “almost a chamber work”. One can only be left guessing as to how they will now approach Beethoven’s mighty Emperor!…

Christmas Carols

Sing for Somerset Carol Service
in association with NSPCC

Wells Cathedral

Conductor: Laurence Blyth
Leader: Hywel Jenkins

Saturday 14th December 2018 7:00PM
Wells Cathedral

Lessons and carols, led by Somerset Voices
(members and friends of Taunton and Wellington Choral Societies)

Click here for more concert information

Winter Concert

Conductor: Hitoshi Suzuki
Leader: Hywel Jenkins
Soloist: Emma Halnan

Saturday 25th January 2020 7:30PM
Strode Theatre, Street



Eine Kleine Nachtmusic
Flute Concerto in G Major
       Soloist: Emma Halnan
Antiche Danze et Arie per Liute – Suite No 3
Symphony no 45 (Farewell)

Mozart’s ever popular Eine Kleine Nachtmusik will open this programme leading to the evening’s highlight, a performance of the same composer’s delightful Flute Concerto in G major with soloist Emma Halnan.

The concert will end with a work renowned as a good example of successful industrial relations. In 1772 when Haydn’s players were restless about time spent away from their families at a summer palace some distance from home, Haydn composed this symphony to convey their disquiet to their aristocratic employer, in a most interesting manner…!

The woodwind category winner of BBC Young Musician in 2010, Emma Halnan has also appeared as concerto soloist and in 2016 she recorded and broadcast on Classic FM a piece specially composed for her by eminent composer Sir Karl Jenkins.

Making Music is the UK’s leading organisation for leisure-time music, with over 3,500 music groups in membership. The support of Emma Halnan’s appearance this evening is made possible by the Philip and Dorothy Green Music Trust which is administered by Making Music.

Spring Concert

Conductor: Hitoshi Suzuki
Leader: Hywel Jenkins

Saturday 2nd May 2020 7:30PM
Strode Theatre, Street

Borodin orch Glazunov

Overture Nabucco
Petite Suite
Symphony in 6 in B Minor Pathétique

One of the most popular symphonies all time, Tchaikovsky’s last symphony Pathétique of 1893, famous for its tempestuous first movement, foot-tapping march and poignant slow finale alternating resignation and despair, has, above all, the most fabulously memorable melodies presented in a structure of dramatic pace rarely surpassed in symphonic literature. Add to that the music’s association, justified or not, with the composer’s death in circumstances which have never been fully explained only nine days after he conducted its first performance, the ingredients are all there for an absorbing evening of unforgettable music.

The concert will open with Verdi’s overture to his third opera Nabucco (1841), his first success which still holds a place in the repertory. The overture features the opera’s celebrated chorus of the Hebrew slaves Va Pensiero.

Then, to set a Russian mood for the remainder of the evening, the orchestra will play Petite Suite (1885), the coming together of pieces written originally for piano by Borodin, one of the great original melodic minds of nineteenth century Russia, in skilful orchestral realisations by fellow composer and gifted musical amanuensis, Glazunov

Summer Concert

Strode Theatre

Conductor: Hitoshi Suzuki
Leader: Hywel Jenkins

Saturday 4th July 2020 7:30PM
Strode Theatre, Street

Programme to be defined


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