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2019 -2020 OMS Concert Season

Welcome to our 2019-2020 Concert Season! The following concerts are scheduled for our 52nd Season. Sat 16 November 2019 – Autumn Spooktacular! – Orchestra/Choir Concert Trick or treat? Our spine-tingling Programme includes: Saint Saens: Danse Macabre Franck: Chasseur Maudit Mussorgsky: A Night on the Bare Mountain Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No.1 Williams: Harry Potter Symphonic suite Grieg: Hall of Mountain King Venue: St John the Baptist Church, Burscough Sat 14 December 2019 – Christmas Concert – Orchestra/Choir Sat 14 March 2020 – Spring Concert – Ormskirk Civic Hall – Orchestra Sat 4 July 2020 – Summer Concert – Orchestra/Choir

Players wanted!

OMS Orchestra is recruiting! Join us for our Open rehearsals in September and October starting on Thursday 5th September 2019 at 7.45 pm.  Just come along and see if we are the group for you.  The choir is also recruiting – click for more… The orchestra is always happy to welcome more string players, particularly violas and double basses, but also violins and cellos!  Perhaps you played in a youth orchestra, and maybe are a bit rusty now, but many of our players were in the same boat and have really enjoyed starting to play again.  Or perhaps you play …

Singers wanted!

Calling all singers! Join us for rehearsals starting on Friday 6th September 2019 at 7.30pm.  The orchestra is also recruiting – click here… It may be some time since you sang in a choir or you may never have done so, but if you love singing you are sure to find an enjoyable new pastime with OMS. Or you may have sung in choirs before and are keen to try some new and exciting classical repertoire with like-minded musicians!  Ormskirk Music society is unique in the area for including a choir and orchestra.  We mainly rehearse separately, with our own …

Orchestra Open Rehearsals – 4th and 11th July

Last two rehearsals before the summer break are open rehearsals.  Members and non-members come and join us for some sight-reading fun, plus tea, refreshments, and a warm welcome!  Rehearsals on 4th and 11th July start at 7.45pm at Asmall Primary School, Tennyson Drive, Ormskirk, L39 3PJ. On the 4th we’ll be playing: Haydn’s Clock Symphony, Elgar’s Chanson de Matin, On the 11th we’ll be playing Beethoven 5th (brass-depending!) or 8th, and Moeran’s Two Pieces. Strings just turn up, woodwind and brass (esp. trombones) let us know… Telephone Claire on: 01925 221301 or email: clarebhamilton@hotmail.com, or just show up.

‘Last Night of the Proms’ Summer Concert – 29 June 2019

The orchestra and choir of the Ormskirk Music Society are presenting their summer concert on Saturday 29th June at St. John’s Church, Burscough.  The programme will include the traditional ‘Last Night of the Proms’ favourites: Henry Wood’s ‘Fantasia on British Sea Songs’, Hubert Parry’s ‘Jerusalem’, and Edward Elgar’s audience-rousing ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ March no1. Opening with the cheerily upbeat ‘Farnham Festival Overture’, the programme will go on to explore some of the music inspired by the English Folk tradition.  Holst’s ‘Songs of the West’ was the composer’s first work drawn from this tradition, and though he never collected folk songs …

Choir Concert – A Little Light Music – 4th May 2019

The choir of the Ormskirk Music Society are presenting a showcase of light music on Saturday 4th May at 7.30pm in St. John the Baptist Church, Burscough.  The programme will include many audience favourites, drawn from both European and American traditions in light music: ‘In a Monastery Garden’, ‘Bird Songs at Eventide’, ‘The Syncopated Clock’ and ‘Blue Tango’ are all to be featured, and sung with the choir’s characteristic zest and enthusiasm. It was in post-war Britain that light music rocketed to popularity, with many pieces performed as either the background or main theme to much loved radio and TV …

OMS Spring Concert – 23 March 2019 – Dvorak Cello Concerto/Tchaikovsky/Verdi

The orchestra of Ormskirk Music Society are presenting their Spring concert at 7.30pm on Saturday 23 March 2019 at St John’s Church, Burscough. The programme will feature: Dvorak Cello Concerto with soloist, Hikaru Fuminash; Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 6; and Verdi – Nabucco Overture. This stunning concert draws from the great Romantic composers beginning with Verdi’s dramatic and rhythmically vibrant Overture Nabucco. Another main feature is Tchaikovsky’s final Sixth Symphony (‘Pathetique’), first performed under the composer’s baton only nine days before his death, and full of foreboding and drama. The most popular of all cello concertos – the Dvorak Cello …

Christmas Concert – 22 Dec 2018

Omskirk Music Society – Christmas Concert – Carols and Festive Music Join us on Saturday 22 December 2018, the orchestra and choir for an evening of Festive Light Music and Carols. Carols will abound, with a number beautiful choral arrangements sung by the choir, and plenty of audience carols, backed by full orchestra.   The programme also includes a festive selection of Light orchestral music. The form was especially popular during the formative years of radio broadcasting, with stations such as the BBC Light Programme featuring a playlist largely consisting of light compositions. Leroy Anderson, described as “one of the …

Entente Cordiale - Summer 2018

Concert Review: Entente Cordiale – Summer 2018

Ormskirk Music Society Celebrate 100 years since the end of WW1 In June the Ormskirk Music Society held their summer concert celebrating French and British music for the Centenary of the end of World War One. I thought this was a unique way of celebrating the centenary of the armistice, with a variety of different pieces – many of which I was unfamiliar with. The first half featured French pieces from around the turn of the 20th Century. “The Overture to the Opera Mignon”, composed by Ambroise Thomas, is today one of the least known of the major 19th Century …