Welcome to the Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra

Music is a vital part of our county’s cultural heritage, and the Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra is determined to keep it that way.

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Adults: £12 Concessions: £10
Children: 1 free per adult ticket, £5 per additional child.

Latest News

Artwork by Dominic Heppner, inspired by “The Magic Bojabi Tree”, a piece specially commissioned for WSO, to be performed at our November concert!

Welcome to our new season of music! Our concert dates for 2016/17 have been announced here including our upcoming annual Family Concert on Saturday 12th November (2 showings, at 2pm and 4pm).

This concert is an exhilarating tour “Around the World in 52 minutes”,  featuring Copland’s Hoedown, Marquez’ Danzon No. 2 and specially commissioned pieces by composer Peter Davis – a narrated piece (like Peter and the Wolf) “The Magic Bojabi Tree” (based on the children’s book by Dianne Hofmeyr) and “Carnival”, an exciting new piece for steel band and orchestra!

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Our History

Edward Elgar: The orchestra, which was founded over 100 years ago with the help of Edward Elgar, continues to recruit new players of all ages, bringing pleasure to audiences across Worcestershire. We perform at least four concerts a year.

Founded: The orchestra gave its first concert in the Public Hall on 26 April 1906, with Ivor Atkins conducting more than 100 players. Elgar assisted in drawing up the programme, and conducted occasionally in performances of his own works. His daughter, Carice, played the violin in the orchestra for many years.

Keith SladeConductor: Today, Keith Slade is Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra’s dynamic young conductor. He studied clarinet at the Royal Northern College of Music and is a former BBC Young Musician of the Year Woodwind Finalist. Keith was one of a handful of local people invited to meet HM the Queen during her visit to Worcester in 2012.  Click on the sidebar under ‘Social Profiles’ for Keith’s Twitter account.

New Members: We currently have more than 60 regular players but are always keen to hear from potential new members, particularly in the lower strings.