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Concerts Archive

Saturday 10 February 2024

TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin: Waltz
SCRIABIN Piano Concerto Juanjo Blazquez
DVORAK Symphony No. 7

Saturday 18 November 2023

TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme (original version) Soloist Hugh MacKay
RACHMANINOV Symphonic Dances

Saturday 8 July 2023

Film Music Concert

KROGSTAD Curtain Up!
BOCK Fiddler on the Roof
BERNSTEIN West Side Story
LLOYD WEBBER Jesus Christ Superstar
MIRANDA Hamilton
SCHONBERG Les Miserables


Saturday 29 April 2023

FARRENC Overture No.1
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1 Soloist Alexander Doronin
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 4

Saturday 11 February 2023

ARNOLD Peterloo Overture
BRUCH Scottish Fantasy Madeleine Pickering, Violin
MOERAN In the Mountain Country
HOLST A Somerset Rhapsody

Saturday 19 November 2022

TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No.1 Juanjo Blazquez Garre
BEACH Gaelic Symphony

Saturday 9 July 2022

Film Music Concert

BERNSTEIN To Kill a Mockingbird
WILLIAMS A Child's Tale: Suite from the BFG
WILLIAMS Theme from Jurassic Park
MANCINI Overture to a Pops Concert
GIACCHINO Music from Up
MENKEN Beauty and the Beast Overture
MORRICONE Cinema Paradiso
WILLIAMS Adventures of Indiana Jones

Saturday 7 May 2022

ARNOLD Beckus the Dandipratt Overture
ELGAR Cello Concerto Indira Grier
ARNOLD Symphony No. 6

Saturday 12 February 2022

TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto Fenella Humphreys
BORODIN Symphony No. 2

Saturday 20 November 2021, 7.30pm

BRAHMS Tragic Overture
GRIEG Piano Concerto Stephen Meakins
DVORAK Symphony No. 8

Saturday 8 February 2020, 7.30pm

SUPPE Light Cavalry Overture
DVORAK Cello Concerto Dan Brandon
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 1

Saturday 23rd November 2019, 7.30pm

ELGAR Froissart
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto Alex Lomeiko
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

Saturday 6 July 2019, 7.30pm

FILM MUSIC CONCERT including....

Dances With Wolves
Thunderbirds March
ET: Adventures on Earth
Harry Potter Suite
Schindlers List
Back to the Future: Suite
Star Wars Suite
Hook: The Flight to Neverland

Saturday 27 April 2019, 7.30pm, St. Mary's Church

SCHUBERT Rosamunde Overture
BRAHMS Violin Concerto Clare Howick
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 1

Saturday 9 February 2019, 7.30pm, St. Mary's Church

DELIUS The Walk to the Paradise Garden
TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet Overture

Saturday 24 November 2018, 7.30pm, St. Mary's Church

BORODIN Prince Igor Overture
RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto 2  Ben Bachmann 

Sunday 24 June 2018, 4.00pm, Aylesbury Vale Academy

JOHN WILLIAMS Highlights from Jurassic Park

JOHN WILLIAMS Excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind
ELMER BERNSTEIN The Magnificent Seven
HANS ZIMMER Music from Gladiator
KLAUS BADELT Pirates of the Caribbean: Symphonic Suite
HOWARD SHORE The Lord of the Rings

Our season concludes another of our popular film mic concerts, none of which would be complete without contributions from John Williams. On this occasion we are performing pieces he wrote for science fiction films Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Jurassic Park. Music from the Magnificent Seven and Gladiator should stir the heart, whilst we also have something a little softer from Gabriel’s Oboe. This is a concert that should appeal to all ages and is an excellent opportunity to inspire children to take up an instrument.

Sunday 29 April 2018, 4.00pm, Aylesbury Vale Academy

MENDELSSOHN Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage
ARNOLD English Dances

ARNOLD Trumpet Concerto
Matilda Lloyd Trumpet
ELGAR Enigma Variations

Our spring concert features rising star Matilda Lloyd. Matilda made her solo debut at the BBC Proms in July 2016, performing the third movement of Haydn's Trumpet Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic. Matilda graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge with a First in June 2017 and is now studying for her Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2014, Matilda won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Brass Final. She is one of Making Music UK's Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artists 2017-19, performing both concertos and solo recitals across the UK .

Sunday 4 February 2018, 4.00pm, Aylesbury Vale Academy

HUPPERTZ Metropolis
A film screening with live orchestra

The Metropolis restoration project, which attracted international attention, began in 2008 in Buenos Aires with the surprise discovery of a long-forgotten unique version of the film, including scenes that were previously believed lost. It is these new parts that sets Metropolis apart from the earlier, substantially shorter 1988 and 2001 versions. Against the breath-taking science fiction background, the human element has been given a more prominent role, adding a different slant to the storyline. The music plays a crucial role in the reconstructed montage of the premiere version, the primary source being the original score by Gottfried Huppertz.

FILMPHILHARMONIC EDITION Film by courtesy of Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, Music by courtesy of EUROPEAN FILMPHILHARMONIC INSTITUTE.

Sunday 19 November 2017, 4.00pm, Aylesbury Vale Academy

VERDI The Force of Destiny: Overture
BIZET Arias and Excerpts from Carmen
Ciara Hendrick Mezzo-Soprano

TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.5 in E minor

To open our 2017/18 season we welcome Ciara Hendrick to perform arias and excerpts from Carmen. Ciara is a regular soloist with St Martin in the Fields and a recitalist with Baroque ensembles at prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall and Lille Opera House. The programme also includes the Tchaikovsky’s fifth symphony, a work that is popular with both players and audiences.

Sunday 25 June 2017, 4.00pm, Aylesbury Vale Academy

A Film Music Concert including;

R. STRAUSS Also Sprach Zarathustra: Sunrise
JOHN WILLIAMS Hook: The Flight to Neverland
J. STRAUSS II The Blue Danube
ALAN SILVESTRI Back to the Future: Suite
KLAUS BADELT Pirates of the Caribbean: Symphonic Suite
MICHAEL GIACCHINO Star Trek Into Darkness: Symphonic Suite
JOHN WILLIAMS Star Wars: Suite for Orchestra

Our season concludes with an exciting programme of some of the best and most popular music associated with films. Starting with pieces by Richard Strauss and Johann Strauss, which were used for 2001: A Space Odyssey, the programme also includes scores by John Williams and Michael Giacchino and is sure to be appreciated by audiences of all ages.

Sunday 7 May 2017, 4.00pm, St Mary's Church

Gershwin  Rhapsody in Blue
Piano Jinah Shim
Arturo Marquez Danzon No. 2
Dvorak Symphony No. 9 in E minor 'From the New World'

This concert has an American theme, including George Gershwin’s instantly recognisable Rhapsody in Blue, performed by Jinah Shim, winner of the 2015 Phillip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists. Continuing the theme is Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”. Written whilst Dvorak was in America, it includes the popular Largo, which is often seen as an expression of his longing to be home in his native land. People of a certain age will know this piece from the famous bread advert of the 70’s, where a boy is pushing his bike up a steep cobbled street. Completing the programme, Jinah Shim will again join us on piano for Marquez’s Danzon No. 2 which celebrates a dance style with its origins in Cuba but is a part of the folklore of Mexico. Written for full orchestra, the piece features solos for clarinet, oboe, piano, violin, trumpet and piccolo, and will be sure to have everyone tapping their feet!

The Battle of the Somme (1916)

Saturday 4 February 2017, 7.30pm, Aylesbury Vale Academy

Film screening with live orchestra, with music by Laura Rossi

A screening of the Imperial War Museum's 1916 silent film The Battle of the Somme by Geoffrey Malins and J. B. McDowell, featuring a live performance of Laura Rossi's orchestral score. ASO is one of 100 orchestras taking part in Somme100 Film, The Battle of the Somme Centenary Tour.

Sunday 13 November 2016, 4.00pm, St Mary's Church

Korngold  Violin Concerto in D
Soloist Fenella Humphreys
Rachmaninov Symphony No.2 in E minor

Sunday 26 June 2016, 4.00pm, St Mary's Church

A Fairy Tale Family Concert

Humperdinck  Hansel and Gretel : Prelude
Mussorgsky Night on a Bare Mountain
Ravel  Mother Goose : Cinq Pieces
Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty
Stravinsky  The Firebird : Berceuse and Final

Our season concludes with a programme of music inspired by fairy tales. From the witch's spell in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, to the Beauty and the Beast in Ravel's Mother Goose, to the triumphant conclusion of Stravinsky's ballet The Firebird, this enchanting concert will delight the whole family. Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite fairy tale character, and there will be a prize for the best costume!

Sunday 8 May 2016, 4.00pm,  St Mary's Church, Aylesbury

Bach/Busoni  Chaconne in D Minor
Beethoven  Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor
Wagner  Parsifal: Transformation Music
Mendelssohn  Symphony No. 5 "Reformation"

Daniel King Smith  piano 

Our spring concert has a distinctly German theme, with music by Bach, Beethoven, Wagner and Mendelssohn. Opening with Bach's famous Chaconne, expanded from a solo violin piece into a work for full orchestra, the concert concludes with music from Wagner's last opera, Parsifal, and Mendelssohn's Reformation Symphony, both of which feature the famous 'Dresden Amen'. Daniel King Smith is the outstanding soloist for Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3.

Sunday 7 February 2016, 4.00pm, St Mary's Church, Aylesbury

Scottish Landscapes

Arnold  Tam O'Shanter
Niels Gade  In the Highlands: Scottish Overture
McCunn  In the Land of the Mountain and the Flood
Arnold  Four Scottish Dances
Bruch  Scottish Fantasy

We present a programme inspired by the Scottish landscape and folklore. The concert begins with Malcolm Arnold's overture Tam O'Shanter, based on the famous poem by Robert Burns, which tells the legend of the hard drinker who ignores his wife's warnings that he will one day be "catch'd wi' warlocks" for his misdeeds. 


Sunday 15 November 2015, 5.30pm, St Mary's Church, Aylesbury

Brahms  Tragic Overture
Brahms  Double Concerto in A minor

Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D

Francesca Barritt  violin
Morwenna Del Mar  cello

Sunday 28th June 2015 St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury, 4:00pm

John Williams - E.T.: Adventures on Earth, Star Wars Suite, Harry Potter: Symphonic Suite and Schindler’s List
Klaus Badelt - Pirates of the Caribbean: Symphonic Suite
John Barry - Dances with Wolves: The John Dunbar Theme
Jerome Moross - The Big Country

Sunday 10th May 2015 St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury, 4:00pm

MUSSORGSKY Boris Godunov: Prelude and Polonaise
RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5 in D minor

Sunday 16th November 2014 St Mary's Church, Aylesbury

Holst : A Somerset Rhapsody
Vaughan Williams :Symphony No. 3 'Pastoral'
Beethoven : Symphony No. 6 in F 'Pastoral'

Sunday 29th June 2014 St Mary's Church, Aylesbury, 4:00pm

A summer concert of popular music from the shows and films, including;

My Fair Lady
The Sound of Music
Coates : Dambusters March
Walton : Spitfire Prelude and Fugue
Goodwin : 633 Squadron

Sunday 4th May 2014 St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury, 4:00pm

Parry : Symphonic Variations
Bruch : Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor (Soloist: Fran Barritt)
Dvorak : Symphony No. 8 in G major
Conductor : Ben Palmer

Sunday 9th February 2014 St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury, 4.00pm 

Rimsky Korsakov  : Sinfonietta on Russian Themes
Tchaikovsky : Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor (Soloist: Michael McHale)
Sibelius: Symphony No. 7 in C
Conductor : Ben Palmer

Sunday 17th November 2013 St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury, 4:30pm 

Verdi : Overture Nabucco
Mahler  : Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs Of A Wayfarer) (Soloist: Njabulo Madlala)
Tchaikovsky: Excerpts from Nutcracker
Conductor : Ben Palmer 

Sunday 30th June 2013 Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School 3.30pm
Family Concert hosted by Dave Benson Phillips and featuring...

Vaughan Williams : Overture The Wasps
Britten : Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Offenbach : Orpheus in the Underworld Overture
J Strauss II : Thunder and Lightning Polka
Saint-Saens : Danse Macabre
J Strauss I : Radetsky March
Tchaikovsky : 1812 Overture

Conductor : Ben Palmer

Sunday 21st April 2013 Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School 3.30pm

Schumann : Konzertstuck for Four Horns in F
(Soloists: Hugh Sisley, Elise Campbell, Francisco Gomez-Ruiz, Anna Douglass)
Bruckner : Symphony No. 4 in E flat "Romantic"
Conductor : Ben Palmer

Sunday 3rd February 2013 St Mary's Church 3.30pm

Tchaikovsky : Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
Grieg : Piano Concerto in A minor (Soloist: Anna Markland)   
Dvorak : Symphony No. 7 in D minor

Conductor : Ben Palmer

Sunday 18th November 2012 St Mary's Church 3.30pm

Alfven : Swedish Rhapsody No. 1
R Strauss : Four Last Songs (Soloist: Daniela Bechly)
Prokofiev : The Love for Three Oranges Symphonic Suite
Poulenc : Les Biches
Conductor : Ben Palmer

Sunday June 24th 2012 3.30pm

A concert featuring some popular pieces, including

Greig - Morning from Peer Gynt 
Ketelby - In a Persian Market
Khachaturian - Adagio
Mussorgsky - Night on a Bare Mountain
Sibelius - Finlandia

Sunday May 6th 2012 7.30pm

Piano Concerto No.2 in C Minor
Soloist: Lara Melda - BBC Young Musician of the Year
Symphony No. 1

Venue : St Mary's Church, Aylesbury



Sunday February 5th 2012 3.30pm

A special concert featuring a range of film music, including;

Barber - Adagio for Strings
Barry - Dances with Wolves
Coates - Dambusters March
Moross - Big Country Theme
Shore - The Lord of the Rings
Steiner - Gone with the Wind Suite
Williams - Adventures on Earth (E.T.)
Williams - Harry Potter Suite
Williams - Star Wars Suite
with Guest Conductor John Beswick

Venue : St Mary's Church, Aylesbury


Sunday November 6th 2011 3.30pm

Imperial March
Triple Concerto
Violin : Francesca Barritt
Cello : Morwenna Del Mar
Piano : Susie Summers

Symphony No. 4

Venue : St Mary's Church, Aylesbury



Sunday May 8th 2011 3.30pm                                                       

Overture Romeo & Juliet
Piano Concerto No. 1
Soloist : Karl Lutchmayer
Symphony No. 1

Venue : St Mary's Church, Aylesbury





Sunday February 6th 2011 3.30pm

Freischutz Overture
Horn Concerto No. 1
Soloist : Thomas Molloy
Symphony No. 4

Venue : St Mary's Church, Aylesbury

Richard Strauss



Sunday November 7th 2010 3.30pm

Spitfire Prelude & Fugue
Sea Pictures
Soloist : Mae Heydorn
Symphony No. 3

Venue : St Mary's Church, Aylesbury


Rutland Boughton

 May Heydorn appears in association with the Philip & Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists

Sunday May 16th 2010 3.30pm

Overture Forza del Destino
Concerto for Piano & Orchestra No 3
Soloist : Michael Ierace
Symphony No. 1 in E Minor Op. 37

Venue : St Mary's Church, Aylesbury



 Michael Ierace appears in association with the Philip & Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists

Sunday March 14th 2010 3.30pm

Quiet Music
Scottish Fantasy for Violin&Orchestra
Soloist : Francesca Barritt
Symphony No. 2 in D (A London Symphony)

Venue : St Mary's Church, Aylesbury


Vaughan Williams


Sunday January 17th 2010 3.30pm

Jon Ensor

Family Concert themed “Dance & Music” for all age groups; including such items as Dance Macabre, Dance of the Hours, Tubby the Tuba, Dam Busters March & Dance of the Clowns. Featuring the ever popular JON ENSOR magician, Claydon Academy of Dance and Drama & St. Louis’s Roman Catholic Combined School Choir. Programme commences at 3.30 pm and will be completed by approximately 4.45 pm

Venue : Civic Centre, Aylesbury


Sunday November 15th 2009 3.30pm

Masquerade Suite
Concierto d’Aranjuez for Guitar& Orchestra
Soloist : Christopher Evesham
Symphony No.9 in E Minor (New World Symphony)

Venue : St Mary's Church, Aylesbury