A high quality amateur orchestra based in Bournemouth

Next concerts!

Our next concerts are at 1430 and 1930 on Sat 12 Nov 2016, The Battle of the Somme, at Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth, BH4 8BE. Tickets £13.50. Don't miss this unforgettable memorial to those who died 100 years ago!

Featured album:

(Rehearsal 11 Jul 2015)

Stop Press! Our next concerts are on Sat 12 November (The Battle of the Somme) at Pavilion Dance at 1430 and 1930 and Sat 2 Dec (Beethoven 6 and Christmas fun). Please join us at those concerts.


Do join us on 12 November 2016 for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in two showings of the specially commissioned film!


The Westbourne Orchestral Society (registered charity no. 282074) , average strength 50 instrumentalists, was formed in 1930 and has given regular concerts ever since, even during world war 2, when it gave 248 concerts for troops stationed in Bournemouth!  

Sir Dan Godfrey, then conductor of the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra (now the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra) who lived in Westbourne, was the first President of the Society.  

The orchestra continues to flourish and performs all kinds of music from classical to selections from musical shows. It gives six concerts annually, many in aid of charities and good causes. The orchestra rehearses at St. Ambrose Church, West Cliff Road, Westbourne, on Friday evenings from 7.30 to 9.30 pm.   

The objectives/aims of the Westbourne Orchestral Society are to:

  1. promote and help popularise classical music by the presentation of concerts, normally six per year, and thereby providing education in the art and science of music,
  2. provide a means by which musicians of various grades of competence can share the joy of making music together, 
  3. form its playing members into a symphony orchestra to encourage musical talent and appreciation and 
  4. raise funds for various charities.