Photo: Alan Wastell

In 1997, under the leadership of Tony Mason, Saint Hilda’s Festival Orchestra was formed to accompany Saint Hilda’s Festival Chorus.

The Orchestra is drawn from the best professional and amateur players from the Whitby and surrounding area.
The Orchestra consists of around 40 musicians and has always had the policy of including talented young musicians so they can experience orchestral playing. In September 2006, the Orchestra performed its first solo orchestral concert in a programme including Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto and Clock Symphony plus Mozart’s Symphony No. 40.
Since that beginning, the Orchestra has given concerts in most years (full list shown below) and has been fortunate to secure the services of talented young professionals to play concertos with the Orchestra.


If you play an instrument to a good level and would like to be involved, please contact Tony Mason.

Photo: Alan Wastell

Next orchestral concert

15th June 2019
7:00pm

Schubert – Unfinished Symphony | Grieg – Peer Gynt Suites No. 1 & 2 | Sibelius- Karelia Suite | Borodin – In the Steppes of Central Asia

Previous orchestral concerts

2017
Mendelssohn – Overture Midsummer Night’s Dream | Mozart – Serenade (K388) | Beethoven – Symphony No. 8

2016
Gounod – Petite Symphonie (wind) | Rimsky Korsakov (arranged Cross) – Trombone Concerto (Tony Cross trombone) | Elgar – Serenade for Strings | Mendelssohn – Symphony No 3 “Scottish”

2015
Dvorak – Wind Serenade Opus 44 | Vanhal – Double Bass Concerto in E flat – Anthony Williams soloist | Haydn – Symphony 104 “London”

2014
Mozart concert: Divertimento in B flat for wind, K270 – oboes Stephen Norval, Cathy Hawley, bassoons Philip Trevelyan, June Emerson, horns Isaac Wilsher, Tony Cross | Piano Concerto in D minor, K 466 with soloist Adam Johnson | Symphony No 41 in C, K 551

2013
Bach – Brandenberg Concertos Nos 2 & 3 | Boyce – Symphony No 4 | Fasch – Concerto for Trumpet | Vivaldi – Concerto for Violin in A Minor | Bach – Orchestral Suite No 3. Soloists David Staff trumpet and Tony Mason violin

2012
Haydn – “Drumroll” Symphony | Mozart – Symphonie Concertante for Violin and Viola soloists Tony Mason and Robert Ellis (principal viola) |  Beethoven – Piano Concerto No 5 soloist Adam Johnson

2011
Hirst – Roundhay Frolic | Bruch – Violin Concerto in G minor soloist Madeleine Easton | Beethoven – Symphony No 5

2010
Grieg – Holberg Suite | Grieg – Piano Concerto in A minor soloist Daniel Grimwood | Dvorak – Symphony No 9, From the New World

Simply Strings: Elgar – Serenade for Strings | Vaughan Williams – Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus and Fantasia on Greensleeves | Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No 3  Barber – Adagio for Strings | Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

2009
Mozart – Symphony No 35 “Haffner” | Haydn – Cello Concerto in C soloist Jamie Walton | Beethoven – Symphony No 6 “Pastoral”

2008
Beethoven – Egmont Overture | Delius – On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring | Mozart – Clarinet concerto soloist Matthew Dunn | Beethoven – Symphony No 3 “Eroica”

2006
Handel – Suite for the Royal Fireworks | Mozart – Symphony No 40 | Haydn – Trumpet concerto soloist Kevin Moxon | Haydn – “Clock” Symphony

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