Platinum Jubilee Concert – Sunday, May 15th 2022
It was wonderful to be back playing for a live audience after more than two years due to covid. St Mary’s Priory Church in Monmouth was packed and the audience throughly enjoyed the programme of patriotic music from all four corners of the British Isles. The programme included Purcell’s English Suite, Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Song Suite, Mathias Serenade for Small Orchestra and Henry Wood’s Fantasia on British Sea Songs. In the Fantasia the orchestra’a pianist was transformed into Britannia and gave a rousing rendition of Rule Britannia complete with helmet and shield.
Another highlight of the concert was the world premiere of MCO viola player and celebrated local musician Ken Hunt’s Welsh Folk Songs Suite.
A retiring collection raised £400 which will be given to the Ukranian support group in Monmouth to help buy essentials for refugees who have settled locally to escape the war in Ukraine.
December 1st 2019 –Music for a wintry afternoon (Trellech Church)
Monmouth Concert Orchestra’s Christmas concert raised more than £500 for local charities including the Ted Senior Foundation.
Held at the Church of St Nicholas in Trellech, the orchestra wowed the packed church with a wide programme of music including Elgar’s Nimrod and Imperial March, the Pastorale from Corelli’s Christmas Concerto and Vaughan Williams Christmas Music.
The 150-strong audience was encouraged to join in with carols and Christmas favourites including White Christmas, Sleigh Ride and the Christmas Song.
Money raised from the concert will be split between the Ted Senior Foundation and church funds.
May 18th 2019 – Music from the movies (Drill Hall, Chepstow)
November 25th 2018 – Winter concert (Millennium Hall, Llandogo)
May 20th 2018 – Summer concert (Memorial Hall, Usk)