Orchestra, Sinfonia, Ripieno Strings

ORCHESTRA

  • Comprises approximately 40 string players and full woodwind, brass and percussion sections
  • Conducted by the Director of Music
  • Rehearses weekly, with string sectionals taken by the Carducci Quartet
  • Performs in the Bacon Theatre, Pittville Pump Room and Prince Michael Hall

RECENT REPERTOIRE HAS INCLUDED:

Bruch                                       Violin Concerto

Elgar                                        Cello Concerto in E minor

Elgar                                        Pomp and Circumstance March no.2

Gershwin                                 Rhapsody in Blue

Grieg                                       Piano Concerto in A minor

Mendelssohn                           Ruy Blas

Mendelssohn                           Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture

Richard Rodney-Bennett         Murder on the Orient Express

Rossini                                     William Tell Overture

Sibelius                                    Finlandia

Tchaikovsky                             The Nutcracker Suite

Vaughan Williams                   English Folksong Suite

Walton                                    Crown Imperial

Wood                                       Fantasia on British Seasongs

SINFONIA

  • Comprises the department’s most advanced string players
  • Rehearses weekly, directed by the Carducci Quartet
  • Performs in the Bacon Theatre, Pittville Pump Room and Prince Michael Hall

RECENT REPERTOIRE HAS INCLUDED:

Elgar                                        Serenade for Strings

Grieg                                       Holberg Suite

Haydn                                      Cello Concerto in C major

Holst                                        St. Paul’s Suite

Mozart                                    Clarinet Concerto in A major

Mozart                                    Violin Concerto in D major

Vaughan Williams                Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis

RIPIENO STRINGS

  • Training orchestra for strings
  • Directed by the Carducci Quartet
  • An opportunity for leadership from more advanced players