The Windsor and Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra (WMSO) is made up of over fifty high-standard amateur and semi-professional players. Each year they present at least three exciting programmes of music to the people of the Royal Borough and beyond. This will be their first chamber concert comprising of pieces for main sections of the orchestra: Strings, Wind and Brass and from widely different eras of music.
Britten’s simple symphony for strings is one of his earliest pieces, written when he was only 20 and, reworking some tunes that he had written as a child, completed it in 1933. Gounod’s Petite Symphonie is scored for a nonet of wind instruments and was written late in his life around 1885, and is full of wit and musical maturity. Gabrieli wrote a wide range of regilious music during his life (1557 – 1612), and was particularly influencial as Baroque music was developed and established. His brass ensemble music is particularly well known.
The orchestra organises an annual Young Musician Concerto Competition. This year the competition has some exciting new features: the winner will receive a cash prize of £1,000 and a trophy presented by Tasmin Little OBE. The Competition Final will take place on Sunday 15 October at St Piran’s Centre, Maidenhead. On the basis of the videos submitted, eight finalists will be selected to perform an extract from a concerto in the Competition Final before a panel of adjudicators. The Competition Final is open to the public who are welcome to come and enjoy the performances of the young musicians and hear the adjudicators’ comments and decisions.
Britten: Simple Symphony
Gounod: Petite Symphonie
Gabrieli: Music for Brass