We’re delighted to report that our long-serving Chair and Secretary John and Jennifer Moorhouse (violinist and cellist respectively) have been awarded a Citizenship Award by Todmorden Town Council.
Nominations for the awards are made by members of the community to recognise people or organisations who have shown exceptional service to the town and great community spirit. John and Jennifer were nominated for their amazing contribution to the orchestra and the community of Todmorden.
John and Jennifer were presented with the award by the outgoing mayor of Todmorden Tony Greenwood in a presentation at the annual mayor’s day in May.
Are you intrigued by what goes on behind the scenes as an orchestra rehearses for a concert?
Come and join the orchestra and our conductor, Nick Concannon Hodges, on Tuesday 31 January at 7:30pm to get a unique insight into how we shape and prepare a piece of music for performance.
We will be rehearsing Sibelius’s Symphony No 1 ahead of our concert on 11 March 2017.
We also look forward to welcoming any string players who would like to take part in this rehearsal.
Todmorden Orchestra Open Rehearsal
When: Tuesday 31 January, 7:30pm-9:30pm (with tea and coffee in the break)
Where: Todmorden Central Methodist Church, OL14 5AW
Are you interested in what goes on behind the scenes as an orchestra prepares for a concert?
We’re throwing open our doors on Tuesday 4 October so you can listen in on our rehearsal as we rehearse Berlioz’s groundbreaking Symphonie Fantastique, ahead of our concert on 12 November.
We’ll also be welcoming any string players who’d like to come along and play alongside our string section that evening. And you’ll be able to find out more information about how to join us on a more regular basis.
Where and when?
Tuesday 4 October at 7.30pm
Todmorden Central Methodist Church, Union Street OL14 5AW
Our 2016-17 season has some real treats in store for our audiences. In November the incomparable Les Neish will perform Vaughan Williams’ Tuba Concerto – quite possibly a first for many, and surprisingly tuneful. In the same concert we will perform Berlioz’s groundbreaking Symphonie Fantastique, which demands a larger than usual orchestra and includes two harps and two sets of timpani.
The Spring concert begins and ends with Sibelius (Karelia Suite and Symphony No 1) and in the middle is An Orkney Wedding With Sunrise by the late Peter Maxwell-Davies. This is Scottish music at its best – and most authentic – ending as it does with the entry of a piper in full Highland dress.
To end the season, the orchestra, together with Todmorden Choral Society, will present A Night At the Opera. We will be joined by two top class soloists in a wonderful mix of arias, choruses and orchestra items from operas by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Bernstein and Wagner.