Autumn Term 2023
- Rehearsals 9 Sept to 9 Dec
- Half term 21 Oct
- Saturday 4th November - Sectionals
- 25th November - Rehearsal in church due to Christmas Fayre
- Autumn Concert - Sunday 10 Dec, 7pm.
Spring Term 2024
- 6 Jan to 16 March
- Half-term 17 Feb
Summer Term 2024
- 20 April to 6 July
- Half-term 25 May
Autumn Term 2024
- 7 Sept to 7 Dec
- Half-term 26 Oct
AUTUMN CONCERT 2023
Sunday 10th December
Saint James Church Hall, SW20 9LB. See below for map
Free entry, donations welcome on exit. No advance booking needed.
- R. Strauss, Melodies from Der Rosenkavalier
- Williams, Schindler’s List (soloist, Judy Brown)
- Borodin, Symphony No. 2 - 1st Mvt
Interval with raffle and drinks
- Coleridge-Taylor, Christmas Overture
- Wenshan Yu*, Ancient Market - World Premiere
- Schifrin, Misson Impossible
- Chris Childs**, Twelve Days of Christmas - World Premiere of this arrangement
*Wenshan is a Wimbledon-based composer and a composition student of Peter Longworth's. She will be starting her undergraduate in Film Music at the Guildhall this September.
** Chris plays Timpani with the Wimbledon Community Orchestra
JOINING THE ORCHESTRA
We don't hold auditions so just contact us to let us know you would like to come along!
Our Conductor - Peter Longworth
Peter Longworth grew up in Scotland before studying composition at London’s Royal College of Music with Mark-Anthony Turnage, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Matthew King. Described as “dazzlingly atmospheric” (Glasgow Herald) and “uniquely colorful” (ITG Journal), Peter’s music has been performed throughout Europe and the United Kingdom, as well as in the United States, Canada, and Japan. Ensembles who have commissioned his work include the London Mozart Players, the Edinburgh Quartet, the Hebrides Ensemble, the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, and the Orchestra of Opera North. An alumnus of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Young Composers Programme and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Composers Hub, his music has also been workshopped publicly by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, whilst his orchestral piece, In the Golden Shadows of Dawn, was recorded by the Brno Philharmonic for Ablaze Records in 2018. Upcoming performances include the American premiere of Manhattan Matins - written for, and premiered by, the Wimbledon Community Orchestra - which will be performed by the New Conductors Orchestra in New York City in 2023.
His highlights as a conductor have included giving the premiere performances of Matthew King’s ballet, A Glass Slipper, in Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre; conducting the London Mozart Players as part of their 2016 Christmas concert; and appearing as a guest conductor with Belgium’s ORFEO Kamer Orkest. Since 2018 he has taught at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he is principal conductor of the Guildhall Session Orchestra.
Following several years as a member of the Wimbledon Community Orchestra’s trumpet selection, Peter is immensely proud to be the orchestra’s new musical director.
We rehearse in the church hall of the Parish Church of St James:
St James' Church and Hall
Saint James Church Hall, 1 Beaford Grove, London SW20 9LB
From Morden Underground:
17 minute walk, or Bus 164 or 413
From Wimbledon Station:
Bus - 164
South Merton Station:
7 minute walk, or Bus 164 or 413
Street parking nearby is free. Disabled parking only in the church car park.