We are committed to producing varied and exciting repertoire for the enjoyment of both our members and audience.
A previous theme, ‘Heroes, Heroines and Villains’, featured music from Gioachino Rossini’s ‘William Tell Overture’ and Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Candide Suite’, alongside the more modern heroes of John Williams’ ‘Indiana Jones’ and Michael Giacchino’s superhero family ‘The Incredibles’. We also paid homage to real-life hero Amelia Earhart with ‘Sounds of Courage ‘by Robert W. Smith.
In the summer of 2016, we also took audiences on a musical adventure through Russia, featuring the ‘Finale to Symphony No.5′ and ‘Festive Overture’ by Dimitri Shostakovitc alongside Sergei Prokofiev’s ‘Spartakiade’ and ‘In the Steppes of Central Asia’ by Alexander Borodin.
This term we are excited to be taking a Celtic adventure, featuring highlight’s from Pixar’s 2012 hit ‘Brave’, the classic ‘Asterix an Obelix’ and Irish and Welsh Rhapsodies by Clare Grundman.
We also work regularly with professional soloists. In December 2015, we welcomed Raymond Hearne for a performance of Simon Gregson’s Tuba Concerto, one of the most prominent works for solo tuba. It was enjoyed by both players and audience alike.
SWON has also enjoyed performing the fruits of its ‘Young Composer Competition’. From a journey along the Trans-Siberian Railway by Alfie Pugh to an exploration of The Circadian Rhythm of Mr Nails by Henry Mitton, these compositions have challenged both our skill and ideas of concert band repertoire. For more information on this, please see our Young Composers’ page.
We are always keen to involve our members in our choice of programming, with regular polls and suggestions often leading to some of our most popular repertoire. So whether you’d like to play the Game of Thrones theme or plan a space themed concert, we’re always happy to hear about it!