We were very lucky to have Jeannette as our guest conductor back in July. The concert she presented this week in Taunton was a feast of local composers including our own conductor Emily. The orchestra and soloists played an excellent enjoyable program, many thanks to them all.
Last term ended with our successful concert in Blenheim Gardens. It was a lovely hot sunny day this year as you can see from the photos taken by Elizabeth, which are now in the Gallery. Our program included, Jupiter Symphony 1st movement, excerpts from Swan Lake, Abba Medley, Linden Lea and Gold & Silver.
We have an exciting repertoire for this coming year including Beethoven, Glen Miller and Dvorak and also hopefully a Christmas Concert.
The orchestra had it’s ups and downs this term. Due to covid and holidays we didn’t seem to have one rehearsal with everyone present.
Gerry on viola has been sadly missed as he had an operation, happily we look forward to his return next term. Earlier we were delighted to have two cellos join us but they could not make a Sunday concert. On the up side we have been fortunate to gain George on flute and trumpet players Alan and Jenny. I hope you will both continue to enjoy playing with us.
Disaster struck when three rehearsals before our concert our conductor Emily caught covid. Very luckily Jeannette Owen was available and offered to stand in. She was an excellent guest conductor and we hope will return in the future – she did say she had enjoyed the experience! Thank you Jeannette. Happily Emily made a quick recovery and returned to us the following week.
Last but not least our last rehearsal was due on the hottest day of the heatwave, 34 degrees was forecast. The Exmoor Room was available on the Thursday but would our players be available? They were and seventeen of us enjoyed a fairly cool evening’s play, thanks to Toni Bloomfield for switching our booking so quickly.
After all these hurdles I hope our concert is a success and is enjoyed by all.
BLENHEIM GARDENS, 2 – 4pm, SUNDAY 31st JULY 2022
Our birthday celebration was a huge success.
A big thank you to all who contributed to a successful MCO 10th birthday celebration: Tim organising the hall; Emily making a splendid birthday cake; Anne and her daughter supplying the decorations; Val submitting the article to the Free Press together with photos taken by Lynda’s husband for the website gallery, and everyone helping to set-up the room, contributing to a friendly community feel.
The programme of the evening was:
1st Movement, Minuet & Trio from the Jupiter Symphony by Mozart; The Snowman Suite by Howard Blake; Flute Dance by F Herold; White Christmas by I Berlin; Extracts from the Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky; and Gold & Silver by F Lehar.
The orchestra continues to welcome new players, we now have 29 on our register.
Here’s looking forward to the next 10 years!
The MCO are very pleased to have two new players join us during November: another excellent clarinettist, Becky, and Hattie as our second cello. We hope you enjoy playing with us.