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Previous Concerts

Previous concerts

Below are a details of a few of Ormskirk Music Society previous concerts.

Spring Orchestral Concert – Saturday 23 March 2019

Verdi – Nabucco overture
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 6 (Pathétique)
Dvořák – Cello concerto, with soloist: Hikaru Fuminashi

A stunning concert drawing 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 concert in B Minor – was chosen in memory of the cellist Brian Boothroyd who passed away last year, after more than 30 years’ service as player, patron, treasurer and committee member of the Ormskirk Music Society. And the orchestra were delighted to welcome the extraordinarily talented Japanese-Australian cellist Hikaru Fuminashi as soloist for this passionate and expressive piece. Hikaru Fuminashi began playing cello at the age of 8, and as a young player led the cellos in the Sydney Youth Orchestra and Australian Youth Orchestra, and toured Munich, Prague and Vienna. He studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he won the High School concerto competition and played his first concerto with the Penrith Symphony Orchestra in 2015, aged 18. He continued his studies with a scholarship to the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he is in his final year, studying under Hannah Roberts.

Christmas 2018 – Saturday 22 December 2018

A programme of Festive Light Music and Carols, including

Leroy Anderson: A Christmas Festival, Belle of the Ball, Sleigh Ride,  

André Messager: Ballet Suite: Two Pigeons,  

Gustav Holst: Four Old Christmas Carols (3 and 4), Audience Carols

Autumn 2018 – Saturday 17 November 2018

‘The Great Composers’ – Autumn Concert with Choir and Orchestra

Beethoven: First piano concerto, with soloist: Tom Kimmance

Schubert: Symphony No. 2

Mendelssohn: Overture: ‘The Fair Melusine’ Hear My Prayer – choir and orchestra

Verleih uns Frieden – choir

Dame Ethel Smyth: March of the Women (for the centenary of votes for women)

Summer 2018 – Saturday 30 June 2018

“Entente Cordiale” – Ormskirk Music Society – Summer Concert with Choir and Orchestra To mark the Centenary of the end of the First World War, the Ormskirk Music Society Orchestra and Choir present an “Entente Cordiale”, featuring the music of English and French composers. Programme included:

  • Cooke: The Great War – medley for Choir and Orchestra
  • Malcolm Arnold: English Dances and Serenade for Guitar and Strings
  • Cecile Chaminade: Concertino for Flute & Orchestra.
  • William Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad and The Banks of Green Willow.
  • Faure: Cantique de Jean Racine,
  • Ravel: Pavanne pour une Infante Defunte,

Soloists: Helena Cooke, Flute; Jerome Ness, Guitar

Conductor: Jim Cooke, Choral Director: Daniel Adams

Concert Supported by the Malcolm Arnold Trust