Richmond Orchestra

Recent Events

Sunday 17th April 2016, Stables Gallery, Twickenham

Small group performances by Richmond Orchestra members – one wind quintet and one small string orchestra – for the Arts Richmond 50th Anniversary ‘Golden Thread’.

Wednesday 3rd February 2016, 7.30pm - St. Margarets, Twickenham

Open Rehearsal (Beethoven Symphony No. 7 and Haydn Symphony No. 104) – Collection in aid of social projects on the Ivybridge Estate.

Wednesday 1st July 2015, 7.30pm - Barnes Methodist Church, Barnes

Mozart 2nd Horn Concerto – workshop with soloist Joel Ashford.

Saturday 25th April 2015 - St Marys, Teddington

Quiz Evening Fund Raiser

Wednesday 11th February 2015, 7.30pm - The Heathland School, Hounslow

Young Composers Workshop with school audience. We play two pieces by GCSE composition students at The Heathland School, Wellington Road South, Hounslow, Middx TW4 5JD.

Wednesday 25th June 2014 - Holy Trinity Centre Richmond

Concerto workshop with the young violinist Lara Caister studying the Bruch G Minor Violin Concerto.

Saturday 18th May 2013 - Sheen Lane Centre

Non-stop Sponsored Play-In Concert - Richmond Orchestra with Macmillan Cancer Support

This was the orchestra's third Play-In at the Sheen Lane Centre in conjunction with the East Sheen committee of Macmillan Cancer Support. The aim is to raise money for MCS and for the orchestra.

Full details - click here.

Wednesday 13th February 2013 - The Heathland School, Hounslow

Mozart 40 for secondary students

We discovered that Symphony No. 40 by Mozart is on the GCSE syllabus and were invited to present this work to the students at the Heathland School. The event was well attended not only by those students directly involved but also by those who were older, younger and even from feeder primary schools, and by parents.

The format was a presentation in words and music (by the RO) by Philip Hesketh including Mozart's place in the development of western classical music, his personality, the structure of the piece, the psychological meaning of key elements, and so on. Then after a short interval we played the whole energetic symphony to enthusiastic applause.

We are very fortunate in having received some financial support for the extra costs of this educational event from the HR Taylor Charitable Trust.

Wednesday 7th November 2012 - All Souls Church, Northcote Road, St Margarets, TW1 1PB

Open Rehearsal

We rehearsed and then played selected dances from Dvorak's Slavonic Dances in front of an appreciative audience.

Wednesday 27th June 2012 - United Reformed Church, East Sheen

Concert Workshop

We invited the very talented young violinist Laure Chan - prize winner at the Richmond Performing Arts Festival last year - to play the Sibelius Violin Concerto with us in rehearsal mode in the presence of a small but enthusiastic audience.

Saturday 19th May 2012 - United Reformed Church, East Sheen

Quiz Night!

Enjoy an evening with quiz, prizes, raffle, games, food and drink, and support our local live music making.

If you're not bringing a team then you can join one on the night.

To book a table or reserve tickets call 07989 974406 or buy at the door. Price includes food and two bottles of wine per table of 8

Tickets £12.50

Wednesday 21st March 2012 - St John the Divine Church, Richmond

Open Rehearsal and Workshop of Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto with Bruno Ferrari in preparation for his concert at St John's Smith Square.

Wednesday 19th October 2011 - St Philip & All Saints 'The Barn Church'

Open Rehearsal and Performance of Beethoven's 'Pastoral' Symphony at St Philip & All Saints 'The Barn Church' Kew in aid of the church heating fund.

Wednesday 8th June 2011 - Barnes Methodist Church

Young artists evening - we were joined by two promising young soloists who were invited to play a concerto/solo piece with the orchestra on one of our rehearsal evenings. The aim of these events is to provide young musicicans with an early opportunity to interact with an orchestra and gain feedback from our Artistic Dirctor.

On the same evening, we workshopped an original piece by a 16 year old composer studying at a local school. Both orchestra and composer found the experience illuminating and great fun.

Wednesday 1st December 2010 - United Reformed Church, East Sheen

Rehearsal premiere of new ballet suite - by young Italian composer, David Levi. The composer of this original piece, deriving from scenes from the novel 'The Master and Margarita' by Bulgakov, was provided with the first opportunity to hear what it sounded like with real instruments and gain insights into the opportunities and constraints of full scale performance.

Wednesday 13th October 2010 - St John the Baptist, Isleworth

Open Rehearsal and Performance of Hummel's Trumpet Concerto

Soloist: Erin Goodin

Conductor: Philip Hesketh

The evening involved rehearsal of this lively piece by Johann Nepomuk Hummel (a contemporary of Haydn) from scratch. Philip introduced it and commented on how he develops the first run-through into a performance

Saturday 15 May 2010 - Sheen Lane Centre, East Sheen, SW14 8LP

Non-stop Sponsored Play-In Concert - Richmond Orchestra with Macmillan Cancer Support

The publicity for this event said:

At last you can actually conduct your favourite piece or play your favourite instrumental solo or sing with the orchestra or even dance to the orchestra

An entertaining and light hearted way to make some money for good causes, to make music and to have fun.

It was a highly successful fundraiser run by Macmillan and the Orchestra in partnership. The non-stop music making, including Beethoven 7, the Grieg piano concerto, baroque, classical and comtemporary music lasted for over 4 hours.