Westbourne Orchestral Society

A high quality amateur orchestra based in Bournemouth

Next concert!

Our next concert is by the finalists of our 2016 Concerto Competition (1930 Fri 12 Feb 2016, Kimmeridge Hall, Bournemouth University, FREE with retiring collection). The Orchestra's next concert is at 1930 on Sat 19 Mar 2016 at St Ambrose, Bournemouth, tickets £7.50 on the door (accompanied children free). Please join us there!
Stop Press! This year's Concerto Competition has been the most hotly contested ever (over 25 participants) and the Finals on Friday 12 Feb 2016 at Bournemouth University will be very exciting! By popular request, our programme this term (concert on Sat 19 March!) contains a lot of film music): Gershwin: Cuban Overture (very similar to the Marquez Danzon that we did last Spring), Copeland: Billy the Kid suite, John Williams: Star Wars suite, Elmer Bernstein: Magnificent Seven theme, Danny Elfman: Batman theme.

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The Westbourne Orchestral Society, 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.