Westbourne Orchestral Society

A high quality amateur orchestra based in Bournemouth

Next concerts!

Our next concerts are at 1930 on Sat 9 Jul 2016 at St Ambrose, Bournemouth, BH4 8BE and Sat 16 Jul 2016 at St Stephen's, Bournemouth, BH2 6JX. Tickets £10 on the door (accompanied children free). Please join us there!
Stop Press! This year's Concerto Competition was won (in a very strong field) by internationally renowned violinist Amarins Wierdsma who will perform Brahms' violin concerto with us on 9 and 16 July! Please join us at those concerts. Programme: Brahms Violin Concerto (violin: 2016 Concerto Competition winner Amarins Wierdsma), Saint-Saens Organ Symphony (organ: renowned local organist and pianist David Beeby).


2016 Concerto Competition winner international violinist Amarins Wierdsma, who will perform Brahms Violin Concerto with us on 9 and 16 July: do join us then!

international violinist Amarins Wierdsma

Some recent pictures


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.