About the orchestra
Sutton Coldfield Orchestra has approximately fifty regular members, several of whom are music teachers, either in the classroom or in practical tuition, but with many more from all walks of life and a wide variety of musical backgrounds.
The name chosen originally was Sutton Coldfield Chamber Orchestra. Some of the original members are still ascociated with the orchestra today, and recently we held a 30th anniversary dinner.
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There are several ways to support the orchestra, not least of which is attending concerts! You can also become a Friend of SCO or sponsor us, and we always welcome assistance behind the scenes for publicity and at concert venues.
As a registered charity, we’re able to make the most of donations through Gift Aid. Friends and sponsors will be named in our programmes.
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These days the orchestra plays up to five different concerts per year, starting with a Young Soloists concert with members of the Birmingham Schools Symphony Orchestra playing concerto movements (usually for the first time in public), and ending with a Family Christmas Concert. In between, concert programmes include small and medium sized orchestra repertoire, and recently there has been an annual chamber concert for ensembles of less than orchestra size and without a conductor. Sutton Coldfield Orchestra is affilliated to Making Music. The orchestra conductors vary - we don't have a regular conductor, as we prefer to have guest conductors. This keeps the orchestra on its toes, musically, as it has to get used to different styles of conducting. For the main concerts, there are five or six rehearsals before each on on Thursday evenings, followed by one on the day of the concert to make sure it has all come together.
The orchestra has put on a number of concerts to raise money for charity and is itself a registered charity. The orchestra has played a number of interesting twentieth century works by English composers, Britten, Walton, Butterworth, Arnold and Berkeley. In recent years concerts have been put on at over twenty different schools, churches and theatres.
Sutton Coldfield Orchestra rehearses at the Church Hall, Boldmere Road, from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Tea and coffee is served in the middle of each rehearsal (for a small fee), when members can relax and socialise briefly before the serious business continues. Where these are available, details of rehearsals appear on the Next Concert page. A full list of rehearsal dates appears on the Key Dates page.
So you want to get involved?
As a Friend, you will get a list of concerts for the year posted to you. Friends membership costs just £5 per individual for the calendar year, and by way of thanks we print your name in the programme. The Orchestra is a registered charity, and if you pay tax and fill out a GiftAid form, for every pound you give to us, we can claim back from the taxman the basic rate of tax, which helps us even more!
If you can't or don't want to play in the orchestra but would llike to help out in some other way, there are other tasks that need doing. We need help with publicity, front of house, concert venue lighting and sponsorship. Any time you can spend on these jobs is well worth it, and releases hard-pressed committee members from some of the multiple tasks thay do.
Classical concerts in London
Considering all the old architecture, beautiful sights, breathtaking landscapes, amazing people and rich culture, there are many reasons to visit Great Britain. By doing so you will be able to experience some of the best places that our world has to offer and enjoy something you cannot find everywhere. That something is classical music, orchestras and all kinds of venues that are special in many ways.
London music scene is pretty big, there are pubs and clubs with all kinds of themes and music of all genres, there are festivals, events and concerts that show how music can be amazing. But besides all that, there is one more thing, considering music, that you can hear here, that will make your imaginations go back in the past and awake your memories and long lost feelings - that one more thing is classical music.
One of the best places to experience classical music in London and be mesmerized by its beauty would be the Royal Opera House. You can hear some of the world's most famous orchestras and see the best operas there and listen to music like nowhere else in London. The building is old, but with some new details. To be able to experience all that, you should consider to book earlier and get a behind - the - scenes tour. If you are the first time in London, don't worry you can take also an escort from http://www.eros.com that will help you get around.
Classical music is alive in London
One of the most interesting, and most famous buildings in London must be the London Coliseum, that was built in 1904 as a great music hall. To this day it serves its duty as a place of music, in 2004 it was restored to its former glory and that cost 80 million pounds. But it is the money worth, because today you can sit in one of the 2,359 sitting places and listen to beautiful music there. In case you went to the Royal Opera House first and had to listen to a two hour long opera where they were talking and singing in Italian, than you can go to London Coliseum without any thoughts, because here they perform only in English.
Located in South Bank just next to Queen Elizabeth's Hall, there is a building called the Royal Festival Hall. It is a place where you can enjoy some music, spend your evening in a fancy dress or suit with your family or friends. This is not only a place of classical music, this is a place of art, many call it the most vibrant arts centre in Britain. And it truthfully is that, the place of art, music, performances and incredible energy, just go, visit it and you will see the beauty of this place.
London seems so royal, but not as royal as the Royal Albert Hall, the place where music meets other forms of art. But you can't only enjoy classical music here, because also singers like Adele, and others come here to perform in front of the huge audience.