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President: Adrienne Cleary

Conductor: Andrew Parnell

Leader: Ceri Peterson

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Autumn season and avian friends

The summer concert in Wymondham Abbey, played to a packed and enthusiastic audience, was a wonderful experience. The concert was a celebration of 20 years of Andrew Parnell as our Musical Director and of 10 years of Ceri Peterson as our leader. Sadly, this was Ceri's last concert with us and we are extremely grateful to her for the 10 years of dedication and enthusiasm she has put into her leadership.

The concert opened with Andrew Parnell's Living Stones, which he composed for the 900th anniversary of Wymondham Abbey in 2007. Juan Gonzalez joined us for the Brahms Violin Concerto and gave a fantastic performance. The concert ended with a powerful performance of Dvořák's ever popular New World Symphony.

This autumn we will be preparing our programme on an avian theme for the concert, on Saturday 25th November in Wymondham Abbey, entitled Birds of Myth and Fable. The concert opens with Dvořák's The Wood Dove, an orchestral poem of a tragic story. This will be followed by Concerto for Birds and Orchestra by the Finnish composer Rautavaara, which includes recordings of bird song recorded near the Arctic Circle and on the bogs of Liminka in northern Finland. The final piece will be Stravinsky's Firebird Suite which was written for the 1910 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes company.

Do come and join us for what promises to be a really exciting concert!

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Our next concert

is our Autumn concert in Wymondham Abbey on Saturday 25th November 2023. More.... 

How do I find out more about the WSO?

We hope you’ll find plenty of information on these pages, but if you want to find out more, do contact us directly, either by e-mail, phone or good old-fashioned snail mail. Contact details can be found on the Contact Us page.

Current vacancies:

The orchestra is currently advertising for a new leader. Find out more.

We currently have a vacancy for:

  • Violas (Grade 7+)
  • Double Basses
  • Trombones

Percussionists are always welcome. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.

If you're interested in filling these positions or are thinking of joining the orchestra, please phone our Orchestra Manager Adrienne Cleary on 01953 789637 or contact us via the Contact Us page.

Wymondham Symphony Orchestra...

 is a friendly, lively and ambitious group of musicians that plays regular concerts at a variety of locations within the Norfolk area. We have received much critical acclaim for our sensitive and involving perfomances.

 We attract members from all walks of life and provide them with the satisfaction of playing in an ensemble that has the skill and confidence to play exciting and demanding works.

We have built up an enviable reputation, and are able to attract professional soloists of the highest calibre. We also encourage young talented soloists from Norfolk to play with us, often their first concerto with a symphony orchestra.

Generally, we play three concerts a year, although we occasionally undertake additional events. We also hold an annual Open Rehearsal (see the Rehearsals page for more details) and have regular social events. It’s not just about making music - we also like to have fun!

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