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HomeWelcome to the website for Wrexham Symphony Orchestra, and we hope you thoroughly enjoyed the first concert of our season, our fifthieth birthday party programme!

It was lovely to see so many people in the audience, and faces both recongnisable and new. For those who didn’t make it, the ever-popular Russell Gray conducted us in a concert mainly featuring pieces from the Classic FM Hall of Fame. It also marked a quick return to the platform for solo violinist Sophie Rosa, who wowed our audience with the number one in the Hall of Fame, Vaughan Williams’s “The Lark Ascending”. The concert was given in conjunction with Classic FM and made a sizeable donation to its “Make Some Noise” charity.

We were also incredibly proud to welcome back to the orchestra oboist Tom Blomfield, who performed the Strauss concerto. Tom was our principal oboe player from the age of just 13 to 18, and has carried on his meteoric rise to fame. Now still just 24 years old, he was recently the principal oboist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Last Night of the Proms.

Preparations are already underway for our next concert, which is also a Sunday afternoon performance. Conductor Mark Lansom will showcase another selection of orchestral favourites, this time with whole families in mind. The concert is based on books and imagery through music, and features Benjamin Britten’s famous “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra”, Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio Italien”. Contrastingly there will also be some highlights from the musical “Chicago” and a rousing finale from the Harry Potter films, portraying one of the most successful book series in the history of children’s literature.

Looking ahead to the rest of the season, surely the highlight of this will be our return to the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, to perform Mahler’s Eighth symphony on 20 June 2020. There are pictures of our previous concert day at the Bridgewater Hall here, when we played Mahler 2 in 2015 to whet your appetite! You can read more about future and past performances at our Concerts page.

Details of our Friends of WSO Membership scheme, which guarantees your tickets and offers a large reduction on standard prices for next season at the William Aston Hall, can be obtained by sending an email to wrexhamso@gmail.com.  Our scheme offers additional benefits. Full details can be found on the Friends page of this website.

If you would like to donate towards the work the orchestra does or support it in any way please use the PayPal button below. A big thanks to those of you who have already done so.

For Orchestra members, there’s a rehearsal schedule on the Members page.

WSO has also been active away from the main stage. With proceeds from the Mahler concerts, members have been active with projects in with residents of Pendine Park. WSO also helped run the recent Wrexham Music Festival, in which many young people performed. You can read much more about these in our magazine “Orchestrate”. Back issues are readable through our Links page and you can now download the new edition here.

There is plenty of additional information about the Orchestra on our other web pages (see menu above) and on our Facebook group, Twitter feed - @wrexhamorch and Facebook page. If you want to contact the Orchestra, please do so through wrexhamso@gmail.com.

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