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.
Next orchestral concert
15th June 2019
Schubert – Unfinished Symphony | Grieg – Peer Gynt Suites No. 1 & 2 | Sibelius- Karelia Suite | Borodin – In the Steppes of Central Asia
Previous orchestral concerts
Mendelssohn – Overture Midsummer Night’s Dream | Mozart – Serenade (K388) | Beethoven – Symphony No. 8
Gounod – Petite Symphonie (wind) | Rimsky Korsakov (arranged Cross) – Trombone Concerto (Tony Cross trombone) | Elgar – Serenade for Strings | Mendelssohn – Symphony No 3 “Scottish”
Dvorak – Wind Serenade Opus 44 | Vanhal – Double Bass Concerto in E flat – Anthony Williams soloist | Haydn – Symphony 104 “London”
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
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
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
Hirst – Roundhay Frolic | Bruch – Violin Concerto in G minor soloist Madeleine Easton | Beethoven – Symphony No 5
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
Mozart – Symphony No 35 “Haffner” | Haydn – Cello Concerto in C soloist Jamie Walton | Beethoven – Symphony No 6 “Pastoral”
Beethoven – Egmont Overture | Delius – On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring | Mozart – Clarinet concerto soloist Matthew Dunn | Beethoven – Symphony No 3 “Eroica”
Handel – Suite for the Royal Fireworks | Mozart – Symphony No 40 | Haydn – Trumpet concerto soloist Kevin Moxon | Haydn – “Clock” Symphony