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Young Soloist Competition


Jenny Whitby with the trophyLast night the Winchester Symphony Orchestra accompanied three fantastic young soloists: Jenny Whitby on flute, Matthew Crisp on violin and Mike Huang on 'cello. They all played wonderfully and the judges’ decision was not easy. In the end Jenny won with her performance of the Nielsen Flute Concerto.

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We were grateful to our main sponsor, Bargate Homes, for providing the trophy and to the other sponsors of the event for providing prizes for the soloists.

We are hopeful this will become an annual event. If you would like to sponsor or take part in next year’s competition please contact the orchestra through the website. For all those who missed out by not making it to the concert, here is a clip of the soloists rehearsing with us as shown on ITV news on Friday 9th May.

We look forward to welcoming you back for the Winchester Symphony Orchestra concert on 23rd November 2014 when we will be playing Mahler's 5th Symphony.

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Last Updated on Monday, 09 November 2015 04:17

Young Soloist Competition

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Young Soloist Competition





SATURDAY 10th MAY 2014, 7.30pm

The final of the first Winchester Young Soloist Competition will take place on Saturday 10th May 2014 at St. Swithun’s Performing Arts Centre at 7.30pm.

The competition is open to all young people of school age in the Winchester area.

The heats took place in February 2014, and three competitors have been selected to play in the Final.

The finalists are:

Jenny Whitby:  Nielsen Flute Concerto

Michael Huang:  Elgar Cello Concerto

Matthew Crisp:  Bruch Violin Concerto Book now

The finalists will be accompanied by the Winchester Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Wilks.

The competition will be judged by a panel of 3 judges, including Howard Ionascu, Director of the Junior Royal Academy of Music, who will award the prizes at the end of the evening.

We hope that this will become an annual event.

For further information please contact the WSO chair, Lucy Kinton.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 22:31

Young Soloist Competition

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In an exciting new venture for the Winchester Symphony Orchestra, we are running a competition this year for promising young local musicians.

The final of the competition will be a concert on Saturday 10th May 2014, when entrants will perform one movement of a concerto of their choice with the orchestra under conductor Nicholas Wilks.

The first round takes place on Saturday 1st February 2014, in the main hall of Winchester College Music School (see map), from 10:00am to 12:30. The entrants will perform with piano accompaniment, the works offered being:
Elgar: Cello Concerto (1st movement)
Bruch: Violin Concerto (1st movement) (x2)
Mozart: Piano Concerto op. 21 (1st movement)
Ibert: Flute Concerto, (1st movement)
Marcello: Concerto for Soprano Saxophone
Bruch: Kol Nidrei (cello)
This is open to the public without charge. You are most welcome to attend.
Last Updated on Monday, 27 January 2014 15:51

Next Concert - 23 March 2014

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Robert Bridge

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Elgar: Cockaigne Overture ("In London Town")

Shostakovich: Piano Concerto no. 2

Vaughan Williams: Symphony no. 6

Described by The Times as ‘that most gifted of young British pianists’ on the occasion of his Park Lane Group recital debut, Robert Bridge has followed a varied and acclaimed career as soloist and chamber music recitalist, including broadcasts for the BBC Promenade Concerts, Wigmore Hall concerts with the Koenig Ensemble and tours abroad. He joins the Winchester Symphony Orchestra this evening to play the uncharacteristically lively and light-hearted Concerto no. 2 for Piano, written for Maxim Shostakovich on the occasion of his birthday by his father Dmitri. This delightful work will be presented with two others, Symphony no. 6 by Ralph Vaughan Williams and the Cockaigne Overture by Elgar.

From Stokowski claiming the Symphony ‘will take its place with the great creations of the masters,’ to the composer threatening to tear up the draft, Vaughan Williams' Symphony no. 6 is a fascinating and challenging work still grappled with by audiences and performers alike. Some interpret its vast open phrasing and clashing harmonic sequences as a description of the aftermath of Nuclear War, however the composer himself commented ‘It never seems to occur to people that a man might just want to write a piece of music!’ Winchester Symphony Orchestra under their musical director, Nicholas Wilks, have dared to set themselves the task of scaling its heights and plumbing its depths, and couple this with Elgar’s Cockaigne Overture, a lively account of ‘stout and steaky’ character (Elgar’s words).

Come and enjoy this evening of superb music on Sunday 23rd March 2014 at 7.30pm, in Thornden Hall, Chandlers Ford.

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Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 15:27

Next Concert - 17 November 2013

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Our next concert will take place on Sunday 17th November 2013. Jean Sibelius AlexanderSitkovetsky

Come and enjoy a fabulous evening of music with the Winchester Symphony Orchestra. Under their Musical Director Nicholas Wilks, the orchestra will be accompanying the virtuoso violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky. From New York to Melbourne this Russian-born Menuhin prodigy has been hailed "intuitive," "thrilling," "dazzling," and "sensitive," - and he joins the orchestra once again, this time to play the passionate and beautiful Sibelius' Violin Concerto.

This gorgeous work will be followed by Shostakovich's darkly magnificent 11th Symphony. Once described as 'A film score without the film,' the symphony evokes the turbulent Russian uprisings of 1905, portraying Shostakovich's deeply-felt love for his homeland amidst the scenes of war and destruction.

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Note: New Hall is closed for refurbishment. This concert will take place in Thornden Hall.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 March 2018 23:50

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