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Jingle Spells cast for a Wicked Concert!

posted 21 Nov 2018, 06:01 by Amanda Williams

 “Jingle Spells” is the title of the Warminster Philharmonic Orchestra’s Christmas concert this year on Saturday December 15th at 7.30pm to be held at Warminster School, in the new purpose built Thomas Arnold Hall, Church Street, Warminster.

 

Plenty of overtures to get the evening underway including Verdi’s The Sicilian Vespers, Strauss’s Gypsy Baron and the very well-known Romeo and Juliet overture by Tchaikovsky. The second half shall open with fun and toe tapping highlights from the hit musical Wicked. The orchestra shall be welcoming Luke Willmore’s Love2Sing choir to perform City of Star’s from La La Land before joining forces to support the audience participation carols with descants and harmonies.  

 

Amanda Williams, founder and conductor of the orchestra comments “As per our long-standing tradition, we shall be inviting the audience to join us for a good old sing along carol fest. We look forward to raising the roof of the purpose built Thomas Arnold Hall as we get into the festive spirit. With stunning acoustics and a cosy atmosphere we shall be fully equipped for a memorable evening of community music making.”

 

“I believe that classical music should be fun and accessible to everybody. Firstly, we especially wish to reach out to non-classical concert goers and young people. Classical music can seem daunting and too serious for some, as Warminster’s community orchestra for local people, we aim to make music approachable and enjoyable to all. As an orchestra we continually welcome musicians of all ages and skill to come and have a go in an informal, social atmosphere. The fact that many of the musicians shall be sporting reindeer antlers and flashing earrings should prove we don’t take ourselves too seriously – we’re even inviting the audience to come in seasonal dress!” 

 

The orchestra is keen to support people who can’t easily leave the home, offering a free ticket to anyone who is accompanying a client (in a caring capacity), including nursing homes. To arrange, please call Amanda Williams 01985 216376.

 

Tickets can be purchased by calling 01985 216376 and leaving a message or email wiltshiremusicmaking@hotmail.com £8 in advance, £10 on the door.

 


Winter Term 2018 Rehearsals commencing soon....September 4th

posted 26 Aug 2018, 08:06 by Amanda Williams

Rehearsals are held on alternate Tuesdays, 1930 to 2130 at The Minster Church of St Denys, Church Street, Warminster. We have weekly rehearsals in the run up to each concert.

Membership costs £25 per season (two seasons a year), either cash or cheque made payable to "The Warminster Philharmonic Orchestra" payable at the beginning of the term.

Confirmed rehearsals for our forthcoming 2018 Christmas concert are as follows:

Sept 4th
Sept 18th
Oct 2nd
Oct 16th
Oct 30th
Nov 13th
Nov 20th
Nov 27th
Dec 4th
Dec 11th

The Christmas concert is on Saturday 15th December 2018 at 7.30pm at The Thomas Arnold Hall within the grounds of Warminster School, Church Street, Warminster.

A Musical Adventure - Sunday 1st July

posted 22 May 2018, 02:03 by Amanda Williams

The Warminster Philharmonic Orchestra are looking forward to guiding you through the stormy seas of the Carribean, moving around to the West Side and landing in America. They hope to make your toes tap during Molly's Reel and delight in the calm of The Banks of Green Willow. An exciting, invigorating and thought provoking mixture of works for a fun, easy going and entertaining concert.

Ticket sales, refreshments and raffle taking all in aid of WHY? We Hear You Cancer Counselling Charity.

Contact Amanda Williams 01985 216376 for tickets and information.

Dates for your diaries - 2018 concerts

posted 21 Feb 2018, 09:28 by Amanda Williams

Summer Concert:

Sunday 1st July

Minster Church, Warminster

7.30pm


Christmas Concert:
Saturday 15th December
Thomas Arnold Hall, Warminster School.
7.30pm

Merry Music for a Merry Christmas

posted 14 Nov 2017, 05:19 by Amanda Williams

  “Merry Music” is the title of the Warminster Philharmonic Orchestra’s Christmas concert this year on Saturday December 9th at 7.30pm to be held at The Athenaeum Theatre in the High Street, Warminster.

Trumpet fanfares, trio-ing trombones and recognisable classics shall open the concert this year with classics from Sibelius and Grieg. The concert shall continue with a medley of British Sea Songs complete with a speedy sailor’s hornpipe and rousing Rule Britannia.

Amanda Williams, founder and conductor of the orchestra comments “As per our fourteen year tradition, we shall be welcoming some members of the U3A Singing for Well-Being group to join the orchestra and the audience for a good old sing along carol fest. The musicians and the public have voted for their top five carols this year and we look forward to raising the roof of the Athenaeum as we get into the festive spirit.” 

“We shall be welcoming a new compere this year, Rob Yuill who has attended almost every concert with his young family since the orchestra’s formation in 2004. His wife plays viola in the orchestra and there is rumour that his eldest child Catherine is joining us for the carols with her viola next to Mum. A true family affair! Rob shall be introducing the musical works with his wonderful charismatic charm and fresh approach. Break a leg Rob!”

“I believe that classical music should be fun and accessible to everybody. As an orchestra we welcome people of all ages and skill to come and have a go in an informal, social atmosphere. The fact that many of the musicians will be sporting reindeer antlers and flashing earrings should prove we don’t take ourselves too seriously – we’re even inviting the audience to come in seasonal dress!”   

Tickets can be purchased from the theatre box office on 01985 213891

£8 full / £7 concessions.

For further information please contact Amanda Williams on www.warminsterorchestra.org.uk, telephone 01985 216376 or email wiltshiremusicmaking@hotmail.com

 

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Christmas 2017 Concert - rehearsals confirmed

posted 8 Aug 2017, 05:33 by Amanda Williams

Winter Term Rehearsal Dates 2017

7.30pm-9.30pm at The Minster Church of St Denys, Church Street Warminster.

5th Sept
19th Sept
3rd Oct
17th Oct
31st Oct
7th Nov
14th Nov
21st Nov
28th Nov
5th Dec

Day rehearsal and concert on Saturday 9th December at The Athenaeum theatre.

Competition to win tickets!

posted 12 Jun 2017, 04:24 by Amanda Williams

Competition Time:

#WIN! | It's your chance to win four tickets to our "Dancing Notes" summer concert on Saturday 1st July 2017 and a lovely bottle of prosecco to celebrate! To be in with a chance of winning, Like our page https://www.facebook.com/warminsterorchestra/

comment with the phrase "Supporting community music" and share. We'll announce the winner on Monday 26th June. Good luck! #warminster #warminsterphilharmonic #communitymusic

Over 18s only.



Dancing notes and frantic fingers

posted 6 Jun 2017, 09:50 by Amanda Williams

  Our local community orchestra, The Warminster Philharmonic Orchestra are all set to present their summer concert “Dancing Notes” on Saturday 1st July at 7.30pm at The Minster Church of St. Denys, Church Street, Warminster.

The musicians are looking forward to performing the Carnival of the Animals with two pianists, some jolly show tunes from Gilbert & Sullivan's Pineapple Poll, Dance of the Hours by Ponchielli and Delibes' Sylvia; a real mixture of works for a light, easy-going and entertaining concert. 

“Carnival of the Animals is a really accessible and exciting piece. During our rehearsals, we have enjoyed some fantastic moments and the orchestra are really delighted to perform this work. The added interest of dueting, or should that be duelling pianos, performing very well known melodies shall certainly add to the success of the evening” comments the orchestra’s founder and conductor Amanda Williams.

This is the orchestra’s 25th concert since the group’s formation in 2004, proudly boasting a sum of over £23,500 donated to local charities. This concert will be no different with the Warminster Branch of Cancer Research benefiting from the ticket sales, refreshments and raffle monies raised during the evening. Amanda Williams was the recipient of the Warminster Town Council’s Civic Award 2016 in recognition of her work within the community.

“Cancer has sadly brushed yet more of our members and their families and it seems fitting to once again support this cause as a mark of respect, support and comfort to our musical family. I am sure with the national statistic of one in every two people being affected by Cancer in their lifetime people will agree with our choice.”

The orchestra would really appreciate your support on the evening and look forward to sharing a Pimms with you!

Tickets can be purchased via wiltshiremusicmaking@hotmail.com, call 01985 216376 or available on the door £8 full / £7 concessions.

 

For further information please contact Amanda Williams on www.warminsterorchestra.org.uk, telephone 01985 216376 or email wiltshiremusicmaking@hotmail.com

 

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New faces, worried learners, anxious oldies and dusty instruments are very welcome!

posted 16 Jan 2017, 06:45 by Amanda Williams

Rehearsals for our summer concert 2017 start at 7.30pm - 9.30pm on Tuesday 31st January at The Minster Church of St Denys, Church Street, Warminster.

See you there!

Founder presented with the Council's Civic Award

posted 16 Jan 2017, 06:42 by Amanda Williams

This year’s Civic Award was presented to Amanda Williams in recognition of her services to the community in several roles.

Amanda is the founder of the Warminster Philharmonic Orchestra which has been in existence for 12 years and has raised thousands for local and national charities. 

She has also extended her love of music to early years children with her Minster Musical Monsters pre-school music group which meets weekly at the Minster Church and is a great social event for the children and their parents, grandparents or childminders, who all get the opportunity to make music and sing.

As a mother of twins Amanda recognised the need for a support group for parents with multiple births and set up the ‘Twins and More Group’ which provides support, ideas and friendship for families who regard her group as a lifeline.

Amanda gives her time and musical talent freely and enthusiastically to provide continual support to the community.

Her award was presented by the Mayor at the Warminster Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual ‘Musical Merriment’ at the Athenaeum on 4th December 2016.

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