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Margaret Sinfield - (020) 8504 7783

Vice-Chairman &
Membership Secretary

Francesca Fenn - (020) 8924 9370


Joy Park - (020) 8530 8559

Joy Park - (020) 8530 8559

Rosemary Fitchett

Position Vacant

Arie Niewerf, one of the woodwind section,
has played several concerti in recent years

Brief History
Woodford Symphony Orchestra is one of the leading amateur** orchestras serving Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Waltham Forest, and South-West Essex. Members come from a wide area roughly bounded by E1, Ware, Ongar, and Shenfield. It was formed in 1963 and has presented public concerts on a regular basis ever since.

(** The term "amateur" veils the true nature of the membership of the orchestra. Although many of the members, whilst being highly skilled, play purely for pleasure and have areas of professional expertise in their own fields, there are others who have professional training in music. This includes instrumental teachers, and those who are active in performance.)

The orchestra often engages professional soloists for concerti and similar works, but advanced members are also given the opportunity to perform in such a capacity.

Apart from presenting three major concerts each year, ensembles and various groups from Woodford Symphony Orchestra often perform at other events. The WSO Ensemble in particular gives extra concerts during each season.

REHEARSALS: The orchestra rehearses every Thursday from 7.45 - 9.45pm in the dining area of Roding Valley High School, Loughton and, usually, gives its concerts within the borough of Redbridge. Here is a LINK to a map of the area. (If a map doesn't appear in the new window, click on the REFRESH button for that window.)

For security reasons, many school gates are kept closed. This little map shows you where to find the orchestra's rehearsals once you have got to the main gate. (Follow the red line if you are driving, the black line if walking).

Position vacant
Rosemary Fitchett, Leader
Rosemary is a music graduate from Goldsmith's, London, and has a wide experience of violin teaching, performance, and general education. With this background, she is not only able to perform the major works which form part of the orchestra's repertoire but also to instruct the string section in matters of technique and musicianship. Her knowledge of education and how people learn enables her to maximize the effect and impact of what she teaches during general rehearsals. These qualities, combined with the structured rehearsal schedules produced by Philip Norman, make Woodford Symphony Orchestra a good place for players returning to the field to find their feet, and for people who want to expand their experience of orchestral playing.
Future Events
Due to the uncertainty of the present situation, no actual concert dates are planned at the moment.

Diana Lynch and Karen Eaves,
both members of
the orchestra at the time, play Bach's Double
Violin Concerto in D minor.

Joy Park, flautist and fixer.
Recent Works
Bach JC   Sinfonia in Bb
Beethoven   1 in C, 2 in D, 3 in E flat (Eroica), 4 in Bb, 5 in C minor, 6 in F (Pastorale), 7 in A Minor, 8 in F
Bizet   Symphony in C
Brahms   1 in C Minor, 2 in D major, 3 in F, 4 in E minor
Dvorak 8 in G, 9 in E minor (New World)
Gounod   1 in D 
Haydn   99 in E flat, 101 in D (Clock), 103 (Drum Roll) 104 in D (London)
Mendelssohn   1 in C minor, 3 in A minor (Scottish), 3 in A (Italian)
Mozart   31 in D (Paris), 35 in D (Haffner), 40 in G minor
Schubert   3 in D, 4 in C minor (Tragic), 5 in B flat, 6 in C,  7 in C (the Great), 8 in B minor (Unfinished)
Schumann   1 in D (Spring), 3 in E flat (Rhenish)
Tchaikovsky   5 in E minor

Bach   Brandenburg 4, Two Violins in D minor
Beethoven   Piano 4, Emperor
Barbella   Mandolin
Brahms   Piano 1
Bruch   Violin in G minor
Conforto   Mandolin
Dvorak   Cello
Elgar   Violin, Cello
Grieg   Piano
Handel   Oboe 3
Hummel   Trumpet
Mozart   Clarinet, Flute, Flute and Harp, Violin 5, Piano k595, Piano 21, Horn 3
Quantz   Flute in G minor
Rachmaninov   Piano 2
Saint-Saens   Cello
Schumann   Cello
Vivaldi   Summer from Four Seasons, Two Violins in A minor, Two Trumpets in C major, Two violins and Cello in D minor, Solo Violin in E
Verhey   Flute
Weber   Clarinet 2

Arditti   Comic Overture (First Performance)
Beethoven   Egmont, Leonora 1, Fidelio, Coriolanus, Prometheus, The Ruins of Athens
Boiledieu   The Calife of Bagdad, La Dame Blanche
Brahms   Academic Festival
Cimarosa   The Secret Marriage
Glinka   Russlan and Lumilla
Gounod   Faust, Mirielle, Symphony No. 1
Mendelssohn   Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Hebrides, Ruy Blas,
Mid Summer Night's Dream, Fair Melusine
Moussorgsky   Khovanchtchina
Mozart   Figaro, Idomeneo, Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Seraglio, La Clemenza di Tito, The Impressario
Nicolai   Merry Wives of Windsor
Offenbach   La Belle Helene
Rossini   Barber of Seville, Thieving Magpie, Semiramide, Cenerentola
Schubert   Rosamunde, Italian in C and D
Schumann   Manfred
Smetana   Vlatava
Strauss 1   Fledermaus
Sullivan   Pirates of Penzance, Yeoman of the Guard, Iolanthe
Suppé   Poet and Peasant, Light Cavalry, The Mistress
Verdi   Forces of Destiny
Wagner   Flying Dutchman, Master Singers
Weber   Oberon, Freischutz, Euryanthe, Preciosa

Performed with a Choir
Antegnati   Missa Brevis
With Chorale Cantando
Beethoven   Mass in C Major
With the New Essex Choir
Bizet   Te Deum
With Epping Phoenix Choir
Elgar   Te Deum & Benedictus
With Epping Phoenix Choir
Haydn   The Little Organ Mass
With Chorale Cantando,
The Maria Theresa Te Deum
With The New Essex Choir
Handel   Messiah
With All Saints Woodford Wells Choir and other singers
Pergolesi   Stabat Mater
With The Woodford Singers
Telemann   Laudate Jehovum
With Chorale Cantando
  Folk Songs of the Four Seasons
With The Woodford Singers

Also Played at Charity Concerts
and Other Times
Arne: Rule Britannia,
: Little Suite 1,
: Woodford Suite,
Suite in B Minor (extracts),
: Sheep May Safely Graze (as bassoon solo)
Baermann: Adagio for Clarinet and Strings,
Beethoven: Romances for Violin 1 & 2, Ah! Perfido (with soprano Inge-Lise Nygaard Parsons), Contra Tänze,
: Hungarian March from Faust,
The Watermill, Elizabethan Serenade,
: L'Arlésienne Suites 1 & 2, Carmen Suites 1 & 2,
: Steppes of Central Asia, Boyce: Symphony IV, 
: Sinfonia in D Minor,
: Soirées Musicales,
: Variations on a theme by Haydn,
: The Banks of Green Willow,
G Grasshopper's Dance,
: Dambusters March, Suite - London Day by Day, Suite - The Three Elizabeths,
: Petite Suite - complete,
Ballet from Sylvia, Coppelia Suite 1, Le Roi S'Amuse
La Calinda from Koanga,
Pizzicato Minuet,
: Waltz; Rondo for Cello and Orchestra; Romance for Violin and Orchestra, Carnival Overture,
Elgar: Chanson de Matin; Pomp and Circumstance Marches 1 & 4; Enigma Variations, Bavarian Dances, Three French Dances,
Fauré: Masque et Bergamasques,
Gabrieli: Canzona in 8 parts for Brass,
Three Dances from Henry VIII,
a Life for a Czar - Fantasia, 
: Dance of the Blessed Spirits,
: Serenade from Faust,
Norwegian Dances; Peer Gynt Suite 1, Lyric Pieces, Symphonic Dances, Holberg Suite, Elegiac Pieces, Sundry songs,
Halvorsen: Entry of the Boyards,
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Overture-Messiah, Fireworks Music,
Suite in Eb,
Holzmann: Blaze Away,
A Good Day for Once,
: Symphonie Espagnole,
: Waltz from The Merry Widow,
le Fleming:
Homage to Beatrix Potter,
: Symphonic Poem 3,
: Intermezzo from Cavlleria Rusticana,
: String Sinfonia 2 in D, Suite from Midsummer Night's Dream,
: Spanish Dances 2 & 5,
Exsultate Jubilate, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Andante in C for Flute, Divertimento in F, Adagio and Fugue for Strings,
: Lady Radnor's Suite,
Saint Saens
: Suite Algerienne, Danse Macabre,
: Zigeunerweisen,
On the Banks of the Roding (First Performance),
: Finlandia, Karelia Suite,
: Vltava,
: Introduction and Allegro, Suite in G,
Strauss I
: Radetzky March,
Strauss II
: Voices of Spring; Tritsch-Tratsch Polka; Blue Danube Waltz, Emperor Waltz,
: Pineapple Poll Suite,
Tchaikovsky: Waltz from Eugene Onegin; Polonaise from Eugene Onegin, Suite from Casse Noisette, Mozartiana Suite 4, Rococo Variations, Sérénade Melancholique,
Vaughan Williams: English Folk Song Suite, Five Mystical Songs, Folk Songs of the Four Seasons,
: Motet - Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera,
Wagner: Overture - The Flying Dutchman, Grand March - Tannhauser,
: Skaters' Waltz,
: Crown Imperial, Suite from Henry V, Orb and Sceptre March,
Wilson: Wanstead Quadrilles,
Haydn Wood
: Three Famous Pictures ...

 and other works by Coates, Franck, Greenwood, Hurd, Monteverdi, Purcell, Rameau, Rossini, Weinberger etc etc.

Also, a variety of strings-only pieces at various mid-term concerts, such as those for the Woodford Festival and at fund raising concerts for various churches.
New Members
If you are interested in joining the orchestra, please contact the Secretary. There are no formal auditions as such, but each new person is offered a term's free attendance, and a mutual decision with the conductor will be made about playing in the forthcoming concert and/or permanent membership towards the end of the term.

No general indication of the standard required is made, but members of the orchestra should be able to cope with the demands of major orchestral works after a term's rehearsal. For woodwind and brass players this includes making such transpositions as are necessary to play their instrument from the published orchestral part. (e.g, playing trumpet in E parts on a B flat trumpet). Similarly, it is not unusual for clarinet parts in Classical symphonies to be printed for clarinets in C.
WSO Ensemble
The main business of Woodford Symphony Orchestra is playing major orchestral work: overtures, concerti and symphonies, in the context of large-scale concerts.

WSO Ensemble concentrates on presenting shorter works in informal environments and, apart from playing its own pieces, provides a platform for solos, duets and trios from the orchestra to perform.

WSO Ensemble works include:
  • Mozart: Church Sonatas;
  • Bach: Musical Offering Extracts;
  • Corelli: Sonatas;
  • Haydn: German Dances;
  • Haydn: Musical Clock Pieces;
  • Wilson: Wanstead Quadrilles;
  • Stanley: Suite in G;
  • ... and the list is growing.
Woodford Symphony Orchestra is affiliated to Making Music (The National Federation of Music Societies).

Part of the cello section.
Press Notices
Good climaxes and phrase building
(Ilford Recorder)

A model of efficiency
(Guardian and Gazette)

The wind section played well as an ensemble and individually
(Ilford Recorder.)

Ambitious and varied programme ... adventurous
(Ilford Recorder)

All the best qualities of a local orchestra
(Guardian and Gazette)

Playing music of expressive quality and rhythmic urge...
to be congratulated
(Ilford Recorder)

Firm and accurate support for the soloists
(Ilford Recorder)

Deep emotional intensity...........high degree of ensemble
(Ilford Recorder)

... orchestra and soloist skilfully interweaving ...
(Ilford Recorder)

... well able to express the many ideas and nuances
within the work ... a vibrant finale.

Associated Links
Philip Norman Music Services
Providing a range of advisory and practical music services.

The London Sangerstevne
An annual, international, non-competitive choral festival open to all choirs.

Organists Online
A searchable site putting choirs and churches in contact with organists and pianists.

Small Choirs International
A site providing free, downloadable music for church choirs with few or no men and also organising annual festivals.

Some of the first violins.