Wolverhampton Symphony Orchestra

Wolverhampton Symphony Orchestra

Performances  1973 – 1978

Conductor – Hugh Watkins

The Orchestra was formed in 1973 and gave its first performance in 1974

6th July 1974 – Regis School, Wolverhampton   Program PDF
Weber – Der Freischutz Overture
Schumann – Piano Concerto in A minor – Soloist Gordon Hardman
Liszt – Tone Poem “Les Preludes”
Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker Suite

Programmes from the 1974-1975 Season
Conductors – Hugh Watkins, Peter Barlow and Dennis Powell

4th December 1974 -Civic Hall, Wolverhampton (HW conducting)  Program PDF
Tchaikovsky – 1812 Overture
Haydn – Trumpet Concerto in E flat – Soloist David Haines
R Strauss – Horn Concerto in E flat – Soloist Alwyn Manley
Holst – St. Paul’s Suite

24th April 1975 – Regis School Wolverhampton (HW conducting)  Program PDF
Glinka – Russlan and Ludmilla Overture
Mozart – Violin Concerto in G major – Soloist Joanne Cohen
Dvorak – Symphony No. 7 in D minor
Rossini – Britten – Soirees Musicales

15th June 1975 – Civic Hall, Wolverhampton (PB & DP conducting)   Program PDF
Combined concert with Civic Choir and Wombourne Choral Society
Glinka – Russlan and Ludmilla Overture
Faure – Pelleas et Melisande
Copland – Billy the Kid
Vaughan Williams – A Sea Symphony

Programmes from the 1975-1976 Season     Conductor – Peter Barlow

22nd November 1975 – Regis School, Wolverhampton
John Gardner – Overture, Half Holiday
John Joubert – Bassoon Concerto – Soloist Graham Rudland
Borodin – Symphony No. 2 in B minor

28th February 1976 – Regis School, Wolverhampton     Program PDF
Gounod – Petite Symphonie de Ventes
Liadov – Eight Russian Folksongs
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4 in F minor

22nd May 1976 – Derry Hall, Wolverhampton Grammar School   Program PDF
Humperdinck – Overture, Hansel and Gretel
Janacek – Hary Janos Suite
Prokofiev – Peter and the Wolf – Narrator Denis Grayson
Beethoven – Symphony No. 1 in C

Programmes from the 1976-1977 Season    Conductor – Peter Barlow

11th December 1976 – Derry Hall, Wolverhampton Grammar School  Program PDF
Sibelius – Finlandia
Sibelius – Karelia Suite
Mozart – Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat – Soloist James Handy
Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 4 in A (The Italian)

5th March 1977 – Girls’ High School, Wolverhampton      Program PDF
Mozart – Overture, Don Giovanni
Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major – Soloist Alan Booth
Beethoven – Symphony No. 3 in E flat (The Eroica)

28th May 1977 – Derry Hall, Wolverhampton Grammar School   Program PDF
Jarnefelt – Praeludium
Prokofiev – Lieutenant Kije Suite
Delius – On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Grieg – Peer Gynt Suite No. 1Copland – John HenryBizet – Jeux D’Enfants Suite

Programmes from the 1977-1978 SeasonConductors – Meirion Williams and Sheila Freeman

26th November 1977 – Polytechnic Hall, Wolverhampton (MW & SF conducting)
Wagner – Overture, The Flying Dutchman                 Program PDF
Debussy (orch. Henri Busser) – Petite Suite
Mussorgsky – Night on a Bare Mountain
Cesar Franck – Symphony in D minor

11th March 1978 – Polytechnic Hall, Wolverhampton (MW & SF conducting)
Mendelssohn – Overuture, Ruy Blas         Program PDF
Weber – Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E flat – soloist Peter Bayliss
Bartok – Rumanian Folk Dances
Dvorak – Symphony No. 8 in G major

10th June 1978 – Main Hall, Wolverhampton Grammar School    (MW & SF conducting)
Dukas – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Ravel – Mothe Goose Suite
Saint-Saens – Dance Macabre
Charles Ives – Variations on America
Haydn – Symphony No. 45 in F minor (The Farewell)