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Previous Concerts

Previous concerts

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

Sunday 17 March 2024 at Ormskirk Civic Hall

Anthony Hedges – Overture: Heigham Sound

Poulenc – Gloria

Dvořák – Symphony No. 5 in F major





Saturday 16 December 2023 at St John the Baptist Church

Saturday 18 November 2023 at Ormskirk School

Tom Kimmance plays Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto

JS Bach, ‘Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring’ and ‘O Jesu Mein Lebens Licht’

Donald McCullough, ‘Crossing the Bar’ (setting of poem by Tennyson)

Schubert, Symphony No 8, the ‘Unfinished’.


Saturday 1 July 2023 – the Music of Stage and Screen

Full programme

🎬 The Sea Hawk (Korngold)

🎭 Les Misérables medley (Boublil/Schönberg)

🎬 Bambi selection (Frank Churchill)

🎭 Morris Dance & Gavotte from Tom Jones (Edward German)

🎭 Oklahoma selection (Rogers & Hammerstein)

🎭 Dance a Cachucha from The Gondoliers (Gilbert & Sullivan)


🎭 The Phantom of the Opera selection (Andrew Lloyd Webber)

🎭 Anvil Chorus from Il trovatore (Verdi)

🎬 Theme from The Deer Hunter (Stanley Myers)

🎬 ‘Music Plays’, No. 2 from Richard III Suite (Walton)

🎭 Being Alive from Company (Sondheim)

🎬 Themes from 007 (Various)

🎭 Do I hear a Waltz? (Richard Rogers)

🎬 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Badelt)


Saturday 25 March 2023 at 7.30pm at St John the Baptist Church, School Lane, Burscough, L40 4AE 


Edward German, Overture—Nell Gwyn

Randall Thompson, Frostiana (for choir and orchestra)

Edward Elgar, Enigma Variations







Saturday 17 December 2022 at 7.30pm at St John the Baptist Church, School Lane, Burscough, L40 4AE 

Coleridge-Taylor: Christmas Overture
Buxtehude: The Little Newborn Jesus Child
Moszkowski: Spanish Dances
Swedish Trad. arr. Perkins: Walking Tune (Paul Heptinstall – Bassoon)
Delius: Sleigh Ride
Scottish Trad. arr. D. Adams: Taladh Chriosda (Christ’s Lullaby) with Helena Cooke – Harp
English Trad. arr. Percy Grainger: Country Gardens
Billy Mayerl: Autumn Crocus
Leroy Anderson: China Doll
Edward White: The Clockwork Clown
Leroy Anderson: Sleigh Ride

Plus audience carols

Saturday 19 November 2022 at Ormskirk School

An unforgettable collaboration with Tom Kimmance, showcasing the very best of the classical tradition.

Mozart: Overture, The Magic Flute
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5 ‘Emperor’

Haydn: Little Organ Mass
Beethoven: Symphony No 5

Piano – Tom Kimmance

Soprano – Aimee Harris

Conductors – Jim Cooke and Daniel Adams







Sat 25 June 2022 – Summer Concert

A festival of English music and classical favourites, including Haydn’s famous trumpet concerto played by Adrian Morris and the first known UK performance of Haydn Wood’s choral medley, A Bouquet of Happy Memories, with soloists, Ian Dunning and Aimee Harris.

John Ansell: Overture Plymouth Hoe
George Dyson: Four Songs for Sailors
Joseph Haydn: Trumpet Concerto
Edward Elgar: Caractacus Triumphal March
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Sea Songs
Montague Philips: Hillside Melody
Haydn Wood: A Bouquet of Happy Memories
Eric Coates: London Every Day Suite

Great music making in the heart of our local community with our honoured guests the Mayor and Mayoress of West Lancashire.




Sat 2 April 2022 – Spring Concert

The church was packed for a mesmerising concert of romantic classics and Eastern European sacred music.

Full programme:

BORODIN Overture Prince Igor
RACHMANINOV Bogoroditse Dyevo
TCHAIKOVSKY Cherubic Hymn from 9 Sacred Pieces
TCHAIKOVSKY Capriccio Italien
EKMALIAN (arr Daniel Adams) Ave Verum Corpus
KALINNIKOV Symphony No 2 in A major

Sat 11 December 2021 – Winter Concert

Our first post-lockdown concert featured a range of classical treats and festive favourites, marking the Society’s comeback after a long lay off due to the pandemic. 

Mozart: Overture ‘Il Seraglio’ Beethoven: Turkish MarchSchubert: Symphony No. 3Delibes: Le Roi S’AmuseThe Whistler and his DogDance in the ShadowsAmerican PatrolSkaters WaltzSleigh Ride

Choir members provided crucial vocal support for audience carols which made for a very special experience for all involved. Raise a glass to live music!


Sat 14 March 2020 –  Spring  Concert

Without knowing what lay in store for the Society and the country as a whole, this final concert before the 2020 lockdown was a truly unforgettable experience. It was great to be back at Ormskirk’s own arts venue, The Civic. Without the support of Liz and her wonderful team, the concert would not have been half as good.

Gade – Overture: Echoes of Ossian

Faure – Requiem

Brahms – Symphony No 4



Sat 16 November 2019 – Autumn Spooktacular! 

Trick or Treat? A spine-tingling Programme including:

Danse Macabre: Saint Saens
Chasseur Maudit (Accursed Huntsman): Cesar Franck
Night on the Bare Mountain: Modest Mussorgsky
Mephisto Waltz No.1: Franz Liszt
Harry Potter Symphonic suite: John Williams
Mischief and Magic: Gabriel Ness (premiere)
Hall of Mountain King: Edward Grieg
Carmina Burana extracts: Carl Orff
Evening Prayer from Hansel and Gretel: Englebert Humperdinck


Summer Concert – Last Night of the Proms – Saturday 29 June 2019

All your Proms favourites, including Pomp and Circumstance March, Henry Wood Fantasia on British Sea Songs, Jerusalem, Rule Britannia, plus:

Manuel Ponce Concierto del Sur for guitar and orchestra, 1st Movement, soloist: Jerome Ness

Farnham Festival Overture – R. Bennett
Cortege – Rob Howard
Somerset Rhapsody and Songs of the West – G. Holst
La Vida Breve, Dance no 1 – de Falla
Four Songs for Sailors – Dyson

Spring Choir Concert – A Little Light Music – Saturday 4 May 2019

Ormskirk Music Society Choir, led by Dan Adams perform a concert of light music. 

The programme will include vocal arrangements of popular Light Music Classics including Elizabethan Serenade, Roses of Picardy, Blue Tango, and even the Dam Busters March! The concert will also feature Viennese favourites to keep you in a party spirit!

Also featuring Jerome Ness on Classical Guitar, and Willow Brass.

A great event if you’d like to see a choir in action and are considering joining yourself!

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