Past performances

Below is a list of our season programmes since 2003.


The entire season was cancelled as a result of Coronavirus restrictions.  The orchestra re-grouped for socially-distanced rehearsals in June 2021 to prepare for the 2021/2 season


5th October 2019

Weber – Overture to ‘Oberon’; Dag Wirén – Serenade for Strings; – Richard Strauss -Serenade Op. 7 for wind;  Dvořák – Symphony No. 7

23rd November 2019

Beethoven – Overture – Coriolan; Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5 ‘The Emperor’; soloist Dominic Doutney; Beethoven – Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral’

14th March 2020 Concert for Youth

Rossini – Overture ‘Thieving Magpie’; Vivaldi – concerto for flute ‘Goldfinch’, soloist Charlotte Ballard; Robert Foster – Serpent concerto, soloist Philip Humphries; Liz Sharma – ‘Zoo Tales’ with Dorset Youth Choirs and narrated by Martin Clunes

9th May 2020

The concert was cancelled as a result of Coronavirus restrictions.


29th September 2018

Boyce – Symphony No. 4;  Liszt – Angelus;  Haydn – Cello Concerto in C, soloist Hannah McFarlane; Britten – Simple Symphony;  Mozart – Symphony No. 33

24th November 2018

Wagner – Siegfried Idyll; Richard Strauss – Horn Concerto No.1, soloist Diego Incertis Sanchez; Respighi – 3 Boticelli Pictures;  Mendelssohn – Symphony no. 4 ‘the Italian’

9th March 2019 Music for Youth

Suppé – Overture ‘Light Cavalry’;  Kabalevsky – Violin Concerto 1st mvt, soloist Elise Griffin; Jo Berry – A New Earth; Kleinsinger – Tubby the Tuba, narrator Martin Clunes, solo tuba Chris Gray; Beethoven – Symphony No 3 ‘Eroica’, last movement.

11th May 2019

Reznicek – Overture ‘Donna Diana’; Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto, soloist Frida Backman; Beethoven – Symphony No 3 ‘Eroica’


30th September 2017 –  30th Anniversary Gala Concert

Lalo – Overture Le Roi d’Ys;  Dvořák – Cello Concerto, soloist Rebecca Gilliver (Principal ‘cello – London Symphony Orchestra); Sibelius – Symphony No. 2

25th November 2017

Mendelssohn – Overture to ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Schumann – Piano Concerto in A minor, soloist Duncan Honeybourne;  Brahms – Variations on a Theme of Haydn;  Henselt – Piano Concerto in F minor, soloist Duncan Honeybourne

10th March 2018 Concert for Youth

Jarnefelt – Praeludium; Debussy – La Plus Que Lente; Weber – Bassoon Concerto 3rd mvt, soloist Lydia Bennett; Joseph Berry – Ad Astra; Saint-Saëns – Carnival of the Animals, Narrator Martin Clunes

12th May 2018

Mendelssohn – Overture ‘The Fair Melusine’;  Vivaldi – Concerto for 4 violins, soloists Jane Bultz, Rachel Greenwood; Craig McKenzie, Polly Orr-Ewing; Mozart – Sinfonia Concertante for 4 Winds and Orchestra, soloists David Ansell, John Candor, Julian Lockett, Sarah Shore; Beethoven – Symphony No. 7


1st October 2016

Mozart – Overture ‘The Impresario’; Respighi – Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No.3; Haydn- Sinfonia Concertante, soloists Jane Bultz, Jerry Ryall, Sarah Shore, Julian Lockett;  Vivaldi – Concerto for 2 cellos in G minor, soloists Hannah MacFarlane & Jerry Ryall; Haydn – Symphony No 104 ‘London’.

26th November 2016

Glinka – Overture Ruslan and Lyudmila;  Saint-Saëns – Piano Concerto No. 2, soloist Kirsty Chaplin; Brahms – Symphony No.1

4th March 2017 Music for Youth

Mendelssohn –Wedding March;  Samuel Watkins – Fairy Waltz; Charpentier – Te Deum, soloist Tom Stevens; Prokofiev – Peter and the Wolf, narrator Martin Clunes; Copland – The Promise of Living

13th May 2017

Sibelius – Karelia Suite; Castelnuova-Tedesco – Guitar Concert No.1, soloist Alexandra Whittingham; Dvorak – Symphony No.8


17th October 2015

Pachelbel – Canon;  Vivaldi – Autumn and Winter (The Seasons), soloists Jane Bultz & Lucy-Anne Allen;  Telemann – Concerto for 2 Chalumeaux, soloists John Candor & Walter Brewster;  Mozart – Divertimento for Wind K.213;  Haydn – ‘Farewell’ Symphony.

5th December 2015

Arnold – Serenade;  Schumann – ’Cello Concerto, soloist: Laura van der Heijden;  Sibelius – Scene with Cranes;  Sibelius – Valse Triste;  Mozart – Symphony No. 35

5th March 2016Music for Youth

Music included Buzzard or Kestrel (Sharma/Baker) and other orchestral favourites. Soloists: Jon Valender (narrator) & Elise Griffin (violin)

14th May 2016

Dvořák – Legends Nos. 5 & 9;  Arriaga – Symphony in D;  Brahms – Violin Concerto, soloist: Frida Backman


11th October 2014

Vivaldi – Concerto for 2 trumpets, soloists Katharine Curlett & Denis Curlett;  Albinoni – Concerto for 2 oboes, soloists Sarah Shore & Helen Simpson;  Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No 3;  Beethoven – Adagio for Wind;  Weber – Symphony No 2

29th November 2014Tribute concert for Sir John Tavener

Soloists: Sofia Tavener (violin) & Sophie Gallagher (soprano)

Stravinsky – Pulcinella;  Mozart – Exsultate Jubilate;  Tavener – The Song of the Angel;  Tavener – The Smile of the Buddha (‘For Sofia’);  Mozart – Symphony No. 39

7th March 2015Music for Youth

Mozart – Overture The Marriage of Figaro;  Dvořák – Rondo;  Sharma/Baker – In The Beginning;  de Falla – Ritual Fire Dance. Soloists: Martin Clunes (narrator) & Hannah McFarlane (’cello)

16th May 2015

Rossini – Overture Cinderella;  Grieg – Piano Concerto, soloist Cordelia Williams;  Schubert – Symphony in B minor (‘Unfinished’);  Schubert — Rosamunde Entr’acte No 1


12th October 2013

Britten – 6 Metamorphoses for solo oboe, soloists Sarah Page, Sarah Shore & Helen Simpson (oboes);  Sibelius – Pelleas and Melisande;  Chris Brown – Bridge of Bows;  Mozart – Divertimento K. 166;  Britten – Simple Symphony;  Mozart – Piano Concerto K. 456

7th December 2013

Purcell/Holst – The Gordian Knot Untied;  Saint-Saëns – ’Cello Concerto No. 1, soloist Jun Sasaki;  Dvořák – Silent Woods;  Schubert – Symphony No. 3

8th March 2014Music for Youth

Mendelssohn – Overture Fingal’s Cave;  Mozart – Concerto for Flute & Harp;  Sharma/Baker – Ballad of the Village Boy, narration by Martin Clunes;  Bartók – Romanian Folk Dances

17th May 2014

Beethoven – Overture King Stephen;  Bruch – Violin Concerto No. 1, soloist Jennifer Pike;  Bizet – Symphony in C;  Vaughan Williams — The Lark Ascending


6th October 2012

Sibelius – Andante Festivo;  Fauré – Dolly Suite;  Bach – Double Concerto, soloists Jane Bultz (violin) and James Baker (oboe);  Strauss – Wind Serenade Op. 7;  Mozart – Symphony No. 25

8th December 2012

Coles – Fanfare for a Royal Occasion;  Fauré – Pavane;  Schumann – ’Cello Concerto; Tchaikovsky – Nocturne, soloist Jun Sasaki;  Saint-Saëns – Symphony No. 2

9th March 2013 – Music for Youth

Rossini – Tancredi Overture;  Sharma – A Day on Temperate Earth, narration by Martin Clunes;  Prokofiev – Classical Symphony

18th May 2013

Mozart – Symphony No. 31;  Strauss – Horn Concerto No. 1, soloist Alex Hamilton;  Tavener – Song of the Angel, soloists Saskia Williams (soprano) and Sofia Tavener (violin);  Beethoven — Symphony No. 8


8th October 2011

Gounod – Petite Symphonie;  Puccini – Chrysanthemums;  Beethoven – Grosse Fugue;  Mozart – Exsultate Jubilate, soloist Abbi Temple (soprano);  Mozart – Symphony No 40

19th November 2011

Mendelssohn – Overture Ruy Blas;  Chaminade – Flute Concertino, soloist Abigail Smith;  Chausson – Poème, soloist Marian Givens (violin);  Brahms – Symphony No.1

10th March 2012Music For Youth

Delius – The First Cuckoo in Spring;  Respighi – The Birds;  Solos by young artists;  Sharma/Baker – Buzzard or Kestrel (World Première), narration by Martin Clunes

19th May 2012

Schubert – Overture in the Italian Style;  Beethoven – Piano Concerto No.5 (‘Emperor’), soloist Fiona Dalzell ;  Grieg – Symphony in C minor


16th October 2010

Mendelssohn – Nocturne and Scherzo – A Midsummer Night’s Dream;  Viotti – Violin concerto No 22, soloist Jennifer Barrett;  Tchaikovsky – Suite No 1

4th December 2010

Schumann – Overture, Scherzo and Finale;  Haydn – Trumpet Concerto, soloist Katharine Curlett;  Vaughan Williams – Symphony No.5

12th March 2011Music for Youth

Rossini – Overture The Italian Girl in Algiers;  Solos by young artists (tba);  Sharma/Baker – Dave the Musical Caveman (World Premiere);  Rimsky-Korsakov – The Flight of the Bumblebee, narration by Martin Clunes

21st May 2011

Schubert – Overture Alfonso and Estrella;  Liszt – Piano Concerto No 1, soloist John Lill;  Liszt – Piano Sonata, soloist John Lill;  Beethoven – Symphony No.5


10th October 2009

Purcell – Overture, the Faery Queen;  Handel – Oboe concerto in G Minor, soloist Helen Simpson;  Tavener – Song of the Angel, soloist Sofia Tavener (violin);  Arnold – Serenade;  Mendelssohn – Symphony No.1

12th December 2009

Mozart – Overture, Don Giovanni;  Weber – Bassoon concerto, soloist Amy Harman;  Beethoven – Symphony No.7

13th March 2010 4.30pm

Saint-Saëns – Danse Macabre;  Solo by a young artist;  Sharma/Baker – Pass the Baton (World Premiere);  Mussorgsky – Night on the Bare Mountain, narration by Martin Clunes

15th May 2010

Borodin – In the Steppes of Central Asia;  Chopin – Piano Concerto No.1, soloist Simon Callaghan;  Schumann – Symphony No.4


11th October 2008

Dvořák – Czech Suite;  Neruda – Trumpet concerto (Katharine Curlett);  Vaughan Williams – Lark Ascending (Adam Hill);  Haydn – Symphony 104

6th December 2008

Sibelius – Karelia Suite;  Brahms – Symphony 2;  Rodrigo – Concierto de Aranjuez (Christopher Evesham)

14th March 2009 4.30pm

Humperdinck – Hansel and Gretel Overture;  Fauré – Elegy (Christopher Hedges);  World Premier TBA (Sharma/Baker) narrated by Martin Clunes;  Other pieces TBA inc Solo by a young artist

16th May 2009

Stravinsky – 4 Norwegian Moods;  Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto 2 (Fiona Dalzell);  Tchaikovsky – Symphony 1 ‘Winter Daydreams’


20th October 2007

Gluck (arr. Mozart) – Overture Iphegenia in Aulus;  Saint-Saëns – Piano Concerto No 2 with Faith Leadbetter;  Elgar – Elegy for strings;  Elgar – Soliloquy for Oboe with Rosanna Brewster;  Haydn – Symphony No 100 (Military)

15th December 2007

Weber – Overture Oberon;  Dvořák – Violin Concerto with Oliver Nelson;  Elgar – Romance for Bassoon with Tess Maybury;  Sibelius – Symphony No 3

8th March 2008 4.00pm

MUSIC FOR YOUTH compèred by Mark Freestone;
Sibelius – Finlandia;  Solo by a young artist (to be announced);  Sharma/Baker – Jurassical Music (world premier) with Martin Clunes;  Rossini – Overture William Tell

17th March 2008

Schubert – Symphony No 5;  Mahler – Symphony No 4 with Sophia Grech (Soprano)


14th October 2006

Respighi – 3 Botticelli Pictures;  Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No 4;  Sibelius – Scene with Cranes & Valse Triste;  Schubert – Symphony No 1

2nd December 2006

Mussorgsky – Night on the Bare Mountain;  Haydn – Sinfonia Concertante, soloists: Jennifer Holt, Katie Holt, Sarah Shore, Tess Maybury;  Balakirev – Symphony No 1

10th March 4.00pm

MUSIC FOR YOUTH Story-teller: Martin Clunes
Rossini – Overture: The Thieving Magpie;  Solo by a Young Artist (to be announced);  Sharma/Baker – The Forbidden Music (First Performance);  Arnold – A Grand, Grand Overture

12th May 2007

Beethoven – Overture: Leonora No 2;  Tchaikovsky – Variations on a Rococo Theme, soloist: Natalie Clein;  Dvořák – Symphony No 7


15th October 2005

Handel – Water Music;  Strauss – Duet Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon, soloists: John Candor and Julian Lockett;  Beethoven – Symphony No 4

3rd December 2005

Glinka – Overture: Ruslan & Ludmilla;  Brahms – Viloin Concerto (soloist: Christina Ball);  Shostakovich – Symphony No 1

4th March 2006 4.00pm

MUSIC FOR YOUTH Story-teller: Martin Clunes
Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker;  Solo by a Young Artist (soloist: Rosi Brewster, oboe);  Coles/Baker – The Amazing Animal Band (First Performance);  Smetana – The River Vltava

27th May 2006

Overture: Il Seraglio;  Piano Concerto in C minor K491 (soloist: John Lill);  Symphony No 41 (Jupiter)


16th October 2004

J S Bach – Sinfonia (Cantata 29);  Handel – Organ Concerto (soloist: Naomi Gregory);  Mozart – Sinfonia Concertante K 297b;  Cimarosa – Double Flute Concerto;  Haydn – ‘Surprise’ Symphony (No 94)

4th December 2004

Verdi – Overture: The Force of Destiny;  Respighi – Suite: The Birds;  Berlioz – Harold in Italy (soloist: Rebecca Chambers)

5th March 2005 4.00pm

MUSIC FOR YOUTH Story-teller: Martin Clunes
Rossini – Dance of the Soliders;  Grieg – In The Hall of the Mountain King;  The Tale of Tubby the Tuba;  Villa-Lobos – The Little Train;  Dukas -The Sorcerer’s Apprentice;  Saint-Saens – Reverie (soloist: Roseanna Brewster)

7th May 2005

Nielsen – Overture: Saga-drom;  Grieg – Piano Concerto (soloist: Valerie Tryon);  Sibelius – Symphony No 5


6th December 2003

Rossini – Overture: The Thieving Magpie;  Elgar – ’Cello Concerto (soloist: Guy Johnston);  Shostakovich – Symphony No 9

6th March 2004 4.00pm

Children’s Games – Bizet;  Vivaldi – Violin Concerto (soloist: Millie Than);  Prokofiev – Peter and the Wolf (narrator: Martin Clunes);  Ibert – Divertissement

8th May 2004

Schubert – ‘Unfinished’ Symphony;  Sibelius – En Saga;  Tchaikovsky – Piano Concert No 1 (soloist: John Lill)