Wolverhampton Symphony Orchestra

Wolverhampton Symphony Orchestra

Performances  1978 – 1983

Programmes from the 1978 -1979 Season
Conductors – Meirion Williams, Sheila Freeman and Dennis Powell

9th December 1978 – Polytechnic Hall, Wolverhampton (MW & SF conducting)
M Williams – A Kingswood Overture          Program PDF
Gounod – Faust Suite
Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor – Soloist Gordon Back
Beethoven – Symphony No. 4 in B flat

10th March 1979 – Polytechnic Hall, Wolverhampton (MW & SF conducting)
Rossini – Overture to the Thieving Magpie            Program PDF
Sibelius – Finlandia
Mozart – Horn Concerto No. 3 in E flat – Soloist Alwyn Manley
Brahms – Symphony No. 1 in C minor

23rd March – Regis School Hall, Wolverhampton (DP conducting)
    Haydn – The Creation – A joint concert with Wombourne Choral Society

16th June 1979 – Regis School Hall, Wolverhampton (MW conducting)   Program PDF
Borodin – Prince Igor Overture
Shostakovitch – Piano Concerto No. 2 in F – Soloist Alan Booth
Dvorak – Symphony No. 9 in E minor (From the New World)

Programmes from the 1979-1980 Season    
Conductors – Meirion Williams, Sheila Freeman and Dennis Powell

8th December 1979 -Polytechnic Hall, Wolverhampton (SF conducting)   Program PDF
Smetana – Overture, The Bartered Bride
Elgar – Cello Concerto in E minor – Soloist Rod McGrath
Sibelius – Symphony No. 1 in E minor

3rd March 1980 – St. Bartholomew’s Church, Penn (MW conducting)    Program PDF
Wagner – Siegfried Idyll
Walton – Shakespeare Suite
Ives – The Unanswered Question
Mozart – Symphony No. 40 in G minor

23rd March 1980 – Colton Hills School, Wolverhampton (MW & DP conducting)
Combined concert with Wombourne Choral Society
M Williams – Fanfare
Elgar – Sea Pictures
Elgar – The Music Makers
Mozart – Symphony No. 40 in G minor

28th June 1980 – Polytechnic Hall, Wolverhampton (MW conducting)    Program PDF
Concert  repeated at Shifnal Parish Church
Shostakovitch – Festival Overture
Max Bruch – Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor – Soloist Erika Klemperer
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 5 in E minor

Programmes from the 1980-1981 Season
Conductor – Mark Finch

6th December 1980 – Polytechnic Hall, Wolverhampton      Program PDF
Copland – Appalachian Spring
Brahms – St. Anthony Variations
Borodin – Symphony No. 2 in B minor

21st March 1981 – Polytechnic Hall, Wolverhampton       Program PDF
Rossini – Overture The Italian Girl in Algiers
Mahler – Kindertotenlieder – Soloist Gloria Finch
Schubert – Symphony No. 9 in C (The Great)

13th June 1981 – St. Bartholomew’s Church, Penn, Wolverhampton    Program PDF
Copland – Quiet City
Gounod – Petite Symphonie de Ventes
Beethoven – Symphony No. 6 in F (The Pastoral)

4th July 1981 – Derry Hall, Wolverhampton Grammar School      Program PDF
Nielsen – Helios Overture
Holst – St. Paul’s Suite
Dvorak – Symphony No. 7 in D minor

16th July 1981 – St. Andrew’s Church, Shifnal      Program PDF
Mendelssohn – Hebrides Overture
Elgar – Chansons de Nuit et MatinA
Banchieri – Canzon L’Alcenagina for BrassA & G Gabrieli – Ricercar & Canzon for BrassAlbinoni – Adagio for Organ and Strings – Soloist Peter Richards
Beethoven – Symphony no 6

Programmes from the 1981-1982 Season
Conductor – Mark Finch

14th November 1981 – St. Bartholomew’s Church, Penn, Wolverhampton  Program PDF
Haydn – Trumpet Concerto in E flat – Soloist Stefan Astbury
Schubert – Symphony No. 5 in B flat
William Boyce – Symphony No. 5 in D major

28th November 1981 – Polytechnic Hall, Wolverhampton     Program PDF
Mendelssohn – Overture, The Hebrides
Rodrigo – Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra – Soloist Neil Smith
Beethoven – Symphony No. 1 in C minor

4th March 1982 – Polytechnic Hall, Wolverhampton    Program PDF
6th March 1982 – Polytechnic Hall, Dudley
Nielsen – Helios Overture
Richard Strauss – Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat – Soloist Alan Milnes
Schubert – Symphony No. 9 in C major (The Great)

19th May 1982 – Central Hall, Walsall                    Program PDF
22nd May 1982 – St. Peter’s Church, Wolverhampton
Mozart – Overture, The Marriage of Figaro
Copland – Clarinet Concerto – Soloist Martyn Parfect
Handel – Organ Concerto No. 4 in F major  – Soloist Andrew Newbury (22nd May only)
Beethoven – Symphony No. 7 in A major

26th June 1982 – Main Hall Compton Site, Wolverhampton Poytechnic   Program PDF
Rossini – Overture, The Italian Girl in Algiers
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor – Soloist Timothy Lissimore
Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 4 in A (The Italian)

15th July 1982 – St. Margaret’s Church, Great Barr     Program PDF
Bach – Brandenberg Concerto No. 4 in G major
Weber – Horn Concertino in E minor – Soloist Alwyn Manley
Gounod – Petite Symphonie de Ventes
William Boyce – Symphony No. 5 in D major
Schubert – Symphony No. 5 in B flat

Programmes from the 1982-1983 Season
Conductors – Mark Finch, Sheila Freeman, Ernest Dain & Peter Morris

9th October 1982 – Girls’ High School, Wolverhampton (MF & ED conducting)
  – Combined concert with Penn Choral Society
Rossini – Overture, The Italian Girl in Algiers
Borodin – Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, First Movement
Elgar – Chanson de Nuit & Chanson de Matin
Elgar – Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1
Verdi – Grand March from Aida
Strauss – Emperor Waltz

20th November 1982 – Polytechnic Hall, Wolverhampton (SF conducting)  Program PDF
Bizet – Jeux D’Enfants Suite
Barber – Adagio for Strings
Kodaly – Intermezzo from Hary Janos SuiteRichard
Strauss – Oboe Concerto – Soloist Stella Dickinson
Schumann – Symphony No. 4 in D minor

4th December 1982 – St. Matthews Church, Walsall (PM conducting)  Program PDF
Combined concert with Walsall Choral Society
Handel – The MessiahSoloists A Gray (soprano),
     J Bould (alto), G Heath (tenor) & A Scales (bass)

5th March 1983 – Polytechnic Hall, Dudley (MF conducting)     
Mozart – Overture, the Magic Flute
Grieg – Piano Concerto in A minor – Soloist Malcolm Wilson
Sibelius – Symphony No. 2 in D major

9th July 1983 – Main Hall Compton Site, Wolverhampton Poytechnic
(MF conducting)

Songs by Saint-Saens, Bizet, Gluck and Handel
  – Solo Soprano Gloria Finch     Program PDF
Mozart – Sinfonia Concertante in E flat for wind instruments  
    – Soloists Richard Anderson (oboe),   Di Cotterell (clarinet),      
       Ron Buckley (bassoon) & Percy Cotterell (horn)