The Taunton Sinfonietta, Somerset

Past Concerts

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Young Musician's Platform

Sunday 1st December 2019 - Temple Methodist Church, Taunton
Ella Leonard TYM Winner
Ralph Nicholson Concerto for Oboe & Strings
Tippett Little Music for String Orchestra
Harold Darke Fantasy in E Major
Corelli Concerto Grosso Op 6 No 4
Telemann Concerto in E minor
Vaughan Williams Accademico for Solo Violin & Strings

Strings & Reeds

Saturday 21st September 2019 - St James' Church, Taunton
Richard Strauss Duet Concertino for Clarinet & Bassoon
Grieg Fugue in F Minor
Rossini String Sonata No 1 in G
Dvorak Nocturne in B Major
Wormell Bassoon Concerto
Elgar Sospiri

Gems in June

Saturday 22nd June 2019 - St James' Church, Taunton
Zipoli Adagio for solo oboe
Cimarosa Oboe Concerto in C Minor
Dvorak Serenade for Strings Op 22
Elgar Idylle Op 4 No 1
Philip Glass Company for String Orchestra
Clive Jenkins Serenade for Strings

Collections & Connections

Sunday 10th February 2019 - Temple Methodist Church, Taunton
CPE Bach Cello Concerto in A Major
JS Bach Violin Concerto in A Minor
Mendelssohn Sinfoniesatz
Schubert German Dances
Trisagion Arvo Pärt
Rutter Suite for Strings

Young Musician's Platform

Sunday 2nd December 2018 - Temple Methodist Church, Taunton
Taunton Young Musician 2018
Concerti by Bach and Vivaldi
Mozart Serenata Notturna
Works by Wormell, Liszt and Rutter

September Strings

Saturday 22nd September 2018 - St James' Church, Taunton
Handel Concerto Grosso
Haydn Violin concerto in C with Mary as soloist
Respighi "Ancient Airs and Dances Suite
Kalinnikov "Serenade for Strings"
Vivaldi "Concerto Grosso in D Minor

Summer Suites

Saturday 23rd June 2018 - St James' Church, Taunton
Bartok - Romanian Dances
Bach - Triple Violin Concerto - soloists Mary Eade, Anna Cockroft, Tina Bennett
Ireland - A Downland Suite
Nielsen - Little Suite for Strings
Elgar - Chanson de Matin, Chanson de Nuit
Shostakovich - Romance from The Gadfly

Beautiful Bassoon

Sunday 11th February 2018 - St James' Church, Taunton
Music arranged for Bassoon, Clarinet and Strings
by Elgar, Spohr and Beethoven
Tchaikovsky Serenade for strings
Beethoven Romance in F for violin

Festive Flute

Sunday 3rd December 2017 - Temple Methodist Church, Taunton
Judy Hall in flute works by Vivaldi and Wormell, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, solo Mary Eade, and the 2017 Taunton Young Musician.

A Taste of the Orient

Saturday 23rd September 2017 - St James' Church, Taunton
Lynn Carter oboe solo in the concerto by Vaughan Williams, with Purcell, Mozart and Jenkins, plus a Taste of the Orient!

Summer Strings

Saturday 24th June 2017 - St James' Church, Taunton
Schubert 'Death and the Maiden' Quartet, plus Mozart Divertimento and works by two 20th century composers.

Schubert Octet

Saturday 6th May 2017 - St James' Church, Taunton
Mary Eade and Friends to perform the renowned Schubert Octet, with other works.

Good Vibes

Sunday 12th February 2017 - St James' Church, Taunton
This concert features local virtuoso Adam Bushell playing vibraphone.
Soloists for the Bach: Mary Eade and Anna Cockroft (violins).
Haydn - String Quartet op 54 no 1 in G in an arrangement for string orchestra
JS Bach - Double Violin Concerto with soloists Mary Eade and Anna Cockroft
Rossini - String Sonata in G
Amores Abis - "Echo" for vibraphone solo and strings - soloist Adam Bushell
Elgar - Idylle for string quartet in a string orchestra arrangement

Showground for Soloists

Sunday 4th December 2016 - Temple Methodist Church, Taunton
This concert will feature the Taunton Young Musician of 2016.
Soloist for the concert: Nicola New - French Horn.
Glazunov - Idyll for Horn and Strings Quartet (full strings)
Wormell - In Memoriam for Horn and Strings
Ernest Bloch - Concerto Grosso No.1
Corelli - "Christmas Concerto"
Manfredini - "Christmas Pastorale, Op.3 No. 12
Sarasate - Zigeunerweisen, soloist Mary Eade

Classy Clarinet

Saturday 24th September 2016 - St James' Church, Taunton
Weber - Clarinet Quintet arranged for clarinet and strings
Clive Jenkins - "Romance" for solo clarinet and strings
Janacek - Idyll Suite for String Orchestra
Vivaldi - Violin Concerto "La Stravaganza" Op. 4 No. 1 in Bb major
Bruch - "Kol Nidrei" - (solo cello Chris Sampson) with strings
Svendsen - "Variations on a Norwegian Folktune" Op 31
Leroy Anderson - "Plink, Plank, Plunk", "Blue Tango"

Songs and Strings

Saturday 25th June 2016 - St James' Church, Taunton
Britten - "Simple Symphony"
Clive Jenkins "Majesty"
Vivaldi - Double Concerto in A Minor
Telemann - Concerto for 3 Violins in F Major
Clive Jenkins - "White Bird" with soloist Suzanne Manuell
2 songs by Thomas Arne, 1 by Purcell - all arranged by Clive Jenkins, sung by Suzanne Manuell, with strings.

The Beacon Trio

Sunday 10th April 2016 - Temple Methodist Church, Taunton
The Beacon Trio playing piano trios by Haydn, Debussy and Arensky

Music for St Valentine

Sunday 14th February 2016 - St James' Church, Taunton
Kreisler - Liebesleid and Liebesfreud - soloist Mary Eade
Corelli - Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 7
Handel - Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 11
Clive Jenkins - "Thames Reflections"
J S Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 for 2 recorders & violin:
- soloists Pamela Canter, Hesther Somerville & Mary Eade
Telemann - Concerto for 2 Treble Recorders in A Minor: Pamela Canter & Hesther Somerville
Telemann - Trio Sonata in G Minor:
- soloists Pam Canter and Mary Eade; continuo Vicky Evans and Anna Cockroft

Showground for Soloists

Sunday 29th November 2015 - Temple Methodist Church, Taunton
Featuring stunningly talented flautist Victoria Creighton, winner of this year's Taunton Young Musician contest. Victoria played the CPE Bach - Flute Concerto in D Minor
Mozart - Violin Concerto in G Major. Soloist Mary Eade
Haydn - Symphony no.34 in D Minor
Handel - Concerto Grosso Op. 3 No.2
J C Bach - Sinfonia Concertante in A Major

With Minehead Choral

Saturday 28th November 2015 - Regal Theatre, Minehead
Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
Mozart - Violin Concerto in G Major - soloist Mary Eade

Soprano and Strings

Sunday 27th September 2015 - Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport
Programme as for Saturday 26th in Taunton

Soprano and Strings

Saturday 26th September 2015 - Temple Methodist Church, Taunton
Vivaldi - Nulla in Mundo Pax - soloist Amy Carson
Torelli - Concerto Grosso in G Minor Op 8 No 6(2 violin solos)
Vivaldi - Double Cello Concerto in G Minor-soloists Luke Millard & Chris Sampson
Monn - Cello Concerto - soloist Luke Millard
3 Handel Arias - solist Amy Carson
Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No 3
Arthur Foote - Suite for String Orchestra Op 63

Miss Austen Invites

Sunday 19th July 2015 - Crowcombe Court, Crowcombe
An Evening of Georgian Music and Words - with music from Handel, Boyce, Arne, Karl Davis (Jane Austen film music) and dancers. Words - Brian Cresswell.
PLEASE NOTE: We performed at this event but it was actually part of the 2015 Taunton Festival of the Arts and not a Taunton Sinfonietta concert.


Saturday 27th June 2015 - St James' Church, Taunton
Vivaldi - Concerto Grosso in D Minor Op3 No.11 RV565
Purcell - Sonata in 4 Parts in G Minor
Clive Jenkins - Fanfare and Fugue
Vivaldi - Violin Concerto in G Minor Op. 6 No. 1 RV324
Clive Jenkins - Tarte au Citron
Vivaldi Concerto for 4 Violins in B Minor Op. 3 No. 10 RV580
Dvorak - Miniature Suite: Cavatina, Capriccio, Romance and Elegie Op. 75 for 2 violins and viola
Glazunov - Theme and Variations for String Orchestra.

Chamber Concert

Saturday 9th May 2015 - St James' Church, Taunton
Beethoven - String Quartet Op. 18 No. 2
Shostakovich - Opus 36 for String Quartet: Elegy and Polka.
Glazunov - Orientale Reverie for clarinet quintet.
Christopher Ball - Clarinet Quintet - this will be the public performance premiere of this new work.
Puccini - Crisantemi
This concert featured renowned clarinettist Colin Parr.

The Beacon Piano Trio

Sunday 12th April 2015 - Taunton
Benefit Concert: The Beacon Piano Trio
Telemann - Trio Sonata in F
Haydn - Piano Trio No. 8 in E flat
Suk - Elegie
Smetana - Piano Trio

Mendelssohn Elijah

Saturday 28th March 2015 - Minehead
Minehead Choral Society with Taunton Sinfonietta

Romance in the Air

Sunday 15th February 2015 - Taunton
Beethoven - Romance for violin in F major - soloist Mary Eade
Grieg - Holberg Suite
Christopher Ball - Oboe Concerto - soloist Lynn Carter
Sarah Wormell -" Synethesia a Triptych of Colours" . A premiere of this piece.
Sibelius - Romance Op. 42
Karl Jenkins - Palladio

In Celebration

Sunday 23rd November 2014 - Taunton
Corelli - Christmas Concerto
Vivaldi - Violin and Cello Concerto
Vaughan Williams - Variations on Dives and Lazarus
Respighi - Ancient Airs and Dances Suite no.3

September Serenades

Saturday 27th September 2014 - Taunton
This concert featured the winner of Taunton Young Musician as has now become tradition! This year it was bassoonist Mollie Stallard performing Mozart's Concerto K191.
Elgar - Serenade for Strings
Saint Saens - Rondo Capriccioso
Tchaikovsky - "Serenade for Strings"
William Lloyd Webber - "Romance" from 'Serenade for Strings'
Paul Lewis - "Rosa Mundi"
John Williams - "Schindlers List" for solo violin and strings


Saturday 28th June 2014 - Taunton
Gershwin - "Summertime"
Vivaldi - "Summer" from The Four Sesaons
Haydn - "The Bird Quartet"
Mendelssohn - String Symphonie No.9 in C
Gerald Finzi - "Romance"
Bach - Double Concerto for Violin and Oboe
Morricone - "Gabriel's Oboe"
Shostakovitch - "Romanze" from The Gadfly

A Little Night Music

Saturday 10th May 2014 - Taunton
Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Elgar - "Chanson de Nuit"
Borodin - "Nocturne" from the 2nd Quartet
Clive Jenkins - Five Pieces for Clarinet
Brahms - Clarinet Quintet

Suites and Concerti

Sunday 9th February 2014 - Taunton
JS Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No.4
Vivaldi - Concerto for Two Flutes
Locatelli - Concerto Grosso in C minor,Op 1 No.2
Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on Greensleeves
Clive Jenkins - Sinfonietta for Strings
Nielsen - Little Suite for Strings Op 1
Gluck - "Dance of the Blessed Spirits" from Orpheo e Eurydice
This concert featured flautists Judith Hall and Jonty Hedges

Emphasis on Elgar

Sunday 10th November 2013 - Bridport
Elgar - Introduction and Allegro for Strings
Elgar - Salut d'Amour
Sweeney - CEOL Concertante (World Premiere)
Haydn - Cello Concerto in C
Soloist Sarah Padday - Menuhin School

Emphasis on Elgar

Saturday 9th November 2013 - Taunton
Elgar - Introduction and Allegro for Strings
Elgar - Salut d'Amour
Sweeney - CEOL Concertante (World Premier)
Haydn - Cello Concerto in C
Soloist Sarah Padday - Menuhin School

'Larking About...'

Sunday 29th September 2013
Richard Strauss - Oboe Concerto
Soloist - Lynn Carter
Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending
Soloist - Mary Eade
Binge - Elizabethan Serenade
Mozart - Symphony No. 40 in G Minor

'Larking About...'

Saturday 28th September 2013
1st Movement Mozart Concerto K459
Taunton Young Musician 2013 Edward Creed
Richard Strauss - Oboe Concerto
Soloist - Lynn Carter
Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending
Soloist - Mary Eade
Binge - Elizabethan Serenade
Mozart - Symphony No. 40 in G Minor

Best of British

Saturday 8th June 2013
Jim Parker - Concerto for Clarinet and Strings
Soloist - Colin Parr
Paul Lewis - English Suite
Walton - Two pieces from Henry V
Handel - Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 12
Boyce - Concerto Grosso in E major

All The B's

Saturday 20th April 2013
Britten - Serenade for Tenor Horn and Strings
Britten - Simple Symphony
Bach - Violin Sonata in E minor

Chamber music concert

Sunday 10th February 2013
Mendelssohn - Octet
Schubert - Double Cello Quintet

Baroque Concert

Sunday 18 November 2012
Including Stanley - Harpsichord concerto and Bach - E major violin concerto.

Orchestral Concert

Saturday 29th September 2012
Concert featuring Allan Schiller (President of the Taunton
Sinfonietta) and including
Mozart - Piano concerto K 414
Tchaikovsky - Andante from his String Quartet No. 1 in D major.
Shostakovich - Quartet No 8 Op 110 (arr for String Orchestra)
Monti - Czardas
Concerto Grosso - Handel

Orchestral Concert

Saturday 9th June 2012
Featuring the TYM winner 2012 - Weng Soon Tee (pianist)
Haydn - Piano Concerto in F major
Massenet - Meditation from Thais
Georg Philipp Telemann -Tafelmusik, Part 2: No 3, Concerto for
3 Violins in F major
Bartok Rumanian Dances
Delius - Two Aquarelles

Featuring Music for Piano Trio

Sunday 20th May 2012
A programme of light music and readings to celebrate the Queen's diamond jubilee and other notable anniversaries.

Programme included:
Kreisler ~ Viennese March
Shostakovich duets ~ 3 Little Dances
Boccherini ~ Hornpipe
Also a selection of Gilbert and Sullivan as well as music from Schumann, Elgar and Brahms.

Mary Eade, Violin
Vicky Evans, Cello
Andrew Carter, Piano

Readings, Sue Watts

Pop Classics

Saturday 21st April 2012
Mozart - Clarinet Concerto
Frank Bridge - 2 Old English Songs for String Quartet ('Cherry Ripe' and 'Sally in Our Alley')
Pachelbel - Canon and Gigue
Vivaldi - Four Seasons

Concert featuring The Colin Parr Clarinet Quintet

Sunday 12 February 2012
Mozart and Weber Clarinet Quintets

Winter Warmer - Kirsty Chaplin

Sunday 27th November 2011
Mozart - Piano Concerto K 414
Handel - Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 2
Donizetti - Quartet in D major
Corelli - Christmas concerto
Vivaldi - Winter from 4 Seasons

Autumn Reeds (Lynn Carter - oboe)

Saturday 24th September 2011
Vivaldi - Double Concerto for Violin and Oboe in B flat
Bellini - Oboe Concerto
Grieg - Two Elegiac Melodies
Corelli - Concerto Grosso in C minor Op. 6 No. 6
Stamitz - Orchestral Quartet in F
Vivaldi - Autumn from 4 Seasons

Beethoven and Mozart

Saturday 4th June 2011
Beethoven - Overture to Fidelio
Beethoven - Violin Concerto
Mozart - Symphony No 41 (Jupiter)

'Death and the Maiden'

Sunday 27th March 2011
Handel - Conc Grosso Op 6 No 1
Boyce - Symphony No 4 in F
Tchaikovsky - Variations on a theme of Arenski
Mahler - Arrangement of 'Death and the Maiden' (Schubert)

Four Square

Sunday 13th February 2011
J. S. Bach - Concerto for 4 Harpsichords BMV 1065
Telemann - Concerto for 4 violins in D TWV 40:202
Mozart - Divertimento in F, K138
Grieg - Holberg Suite ('Suite in alten style')
Grainger - Irish Tune from County Derry
Grainger - Handel in the Strand - Clog Dance

Christmas Concert

Sunday 12th December 2010
Vivaldi - Concerto Grosso Op. 3 No. 8
Bach - Brandenburg Concerto no 6 in B flat, BWV 1051
Bach - Concerto for 2 violins in D minor, BWV 1043
Borodin - Nocturne from 2nd string quartet (1881)
Finzi - Dies Natalis

Viva Italia

Saturday 24th April 2010
Vivaldi - Concerto Grosso op 3 no 11 from 'L'Estro Armonico'
Donizetti - Allegro for Strings in C major
Pergolesi - Violin Concerto in B flat
Cherubini - 1st mvt (Allegro comodo) from String Quartet no. 3 in D minor
Rossini - String Sonata no 1 in G
Puccini - Crisantemi
Vivaldi - Spring from 'The Four Seasons'

Popular Classics

Sunday 21st February 2010
Pachelbel - Canon and Gigue in D major
Vivaldi - Concerto for flute op 10 no 3 'Il Gardellino'
Strauss brothers - 'Pizzicato Polka'
Bach - Concerto in A major, BWV 1055
Telemann - Concerto for flute, oboe d'amore and viola d'amore
Gluck - Dance of the Blessed Spirits
Mozart - Serenade in G major 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik'

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