Wandsworth Symphony Orchestra

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Welcome…

to the Wandsworth Symphony Orchestra. We perform three to four concerts a year in Putney and Earlsfield in the South West of London. We largely perform post-classical era works that give interest to every section of the orchestra. We are a society for fluent and advanced amateur players under the guidance of our professional Musical Director/Conductor and Leader. Occasionally we perform with soloists.

 

Recent concerts include performances of works by Mahler, Sibelius, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, Dvorák, Berlioz, Rachmaninoff, Grieg and Holst.

 

We are a friendly and enthusiastic group and welcome prospective new members and audience alike. Why not come along to our next concert, or contact us.

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Out of this world

November 11, 2017

Thank you to all who came to our Autumn Concert at the prestigous St Paul's Girls' School where our 70-piece orchestra (plus the Paulina Voices) performed Holst's epic work The Planets in the venue in which it was composed. We were also delighted to welcome back pianist John Flinders who treated us to a spectacular performance of Grieg's Piano Concerto. We were thrilled to play to a packed and enthusiastic house!

Making (air)waves

June 23, 2017

Our Musical Director Leigh O' Hara and long-standing orchestra member Julian Ma recently appeared on Wandsworth Radio's Tonight programme. They spoke to broadcaster Julia Bright to advertise our Music at the Movies concert, which took place on Saturday 24 June in Southfields at St. Barnabas church. We are proud to say the programme was well received by a large audience!

Jingle all the way

December 10, 2016

We had a fantastic turnout for our Christmas Concert. With the help of the fabulous choir, the Paulina Voices, the audience got into the Christmas spirit by singing and doing the actions to The Holly and the Ivy! We wish all our supporters a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you in 2017!

A Russian autumn

November 19, 2016

Congratulations to our briliant pianist Evgeny Samoylov who dazzled us with his performance of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1. Our second piece by a Russian composer was Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherezade. We were pleased to play to a big audience in the Concert Hall at Putney High School for the first time.

Farewell, Keith Penfold

June 25, 2016

Our Summer Concert saw the departure of long-serving WSO member Keith Penfold (pictured left with The Mayor of Wandsworth). He has been with the WSO since 1976 and has been the orchestra's Treasurer since 1980. Keith selected some of his favourite works for the concert - John WIlliams' Superman March and Dvorak's Cello Concerto, which was exquisitely played by our soloist Leonid Gorokhov. The evening concluded with a performance of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

Farewell, Margaret Whittall

June 20, 2015

Besides performing Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty Suite, Dvorák's Othello and Carnival Overtures and Stravinsky's The Firebird Suite, we also said goodbye to WSO's Leader, Margaret Whittall. She has been with the orchestra since 2002, during which time the orchestra has flourished. We wish her all the best for the future.

Spring Concert

March 21, 2015

Our Spring concert, attended by the Mayor of Wandsworth (centre) saw our brilliant pianist John Flinders (far right) play Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.2. The concert was very well recevied and we played to a full house.

Sibelius and Mahler concert

November 22, 2014

We were delighted to welcome the very talented Amanda Lake as our soloist for the Sibelius Violin Concerto, which we performed at our Autumn Concert at St Andrew's Church in Earlsfield. We also played Mahler's epic 5th Symphony, which included the famous Adagietto, as used in the 1971 film Death in Venice.

 

Our new conductor

June 21, 2014

We recently appointed our New Musical Director, Leigh O'Hara, following the resignation of Keith Stent, Conductor of the orchestra for over 40 years. Leigh recently conducted his first concert with us for our 2014 Summer Concert.

What's up, doc?

May, 2014

We were recently approached by graphic design students from Kingston University who asked us to help enter them in the Guinness Book of Records for being the largest Carrot-playing Orchestra! How could we refuse?

Farewell, Keith Stent

March 22, 2014

We said goodbye to Keith Stent when he conducted his final concert with us after 41 years as Musical Director of WSO.

 

The programme for this concert included Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, featuring pianist Mitra Alice Tham; and Borodin's Polovtsian Dances, when various ex-members of the orchestra were invited back to partake in this special concert.

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