Past Programmes

Below is a list of all the past concerts performed by Bristol Chamber Orchestra since 2009, clicking on the links for each soloist will take you to their entry on our soloists page.

March 2024 

Serenade for String Orchestra Wirén

Oboe Concerto in D minor – Soloist: Sam Willsmore

Romance Finzi
An Evening in the Village Bartók
A Downland Suite


December 2023 

Suite: Masques et Bergamasques op. 112 Fauré

Piano Concerto no. 23 in A K488

Soloist: You-Chiung Lin

Symphony no. 99 in E flat Haydn

June/July 2023 

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St Paul’s Suite op. 29 no. 2 Holst

“Summer” and “Winter” from The Four Seasons

Soloist: David Lewis

Little Suite op. 1 Nielsen
Simple Symphony Britten
Chanson de Matin


March 2023 

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Arrival of the Queen of Sheba Händel

Divertimento in D K136

Clarinet concerto no. 4 in B flat – Soloist: Nicholas Shipman  Stamitz
Valse triste Sibelius
Serenade for Strings op. 22


November 2022

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Overture: The Marriage of Figaro Mozart
Violin Concerto in E minor op. 64 – Soloist: Ellabeth Little  Mendelssohn
Symphony no. 4 in B flat op. 60 Beethoven

July 2022 

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Charterhouse Suite Handel

Concerto in A minor for Two Violins

Two Waltzes from op. 54 Dvořák
String Symphony no. 8 Mendelssohn
Molly on the Shore


April 2022 

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Allegro vivace Walters

Concerto Grosso in B minor op 6 no 12

Cello Concerto in C Haydn
Elegiac Melodies Grieg
Serenade for Strings


November 2021 

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Overture: “The Fair Melusine” Mendelssohn

Piano Concerto no. 5 in E flat, Op.73, “Emperor”

Soloist: Rustom Battiwalla

Dance of the Furies from Orfeo ed Euridice Gluck
Symphony no. 103 in E flat, “Drumroll” Haydn

Concerts between Spring 2020 and Summer 2021 were cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions

November 2019 

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 Overture: Peter Schmoll C.M. Weber

Clarinet Concerto in A major K62

Soloist: Nicholas Shipman

 Opening to Act II Die Zauberflöte: March of the Priests and Sarastro’s aria “O Isis und Osiris” Mozart
 Symphony no. 8 in F major Beethoven

June 2019

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Abdelazer Suite Purcell

Oboe Concerto in D minor 

Soloist: Lucy Keeley

Divertimento in F Mozart
Slavonic Dances from op 46 Polka and Furiant Dvorak
Chanson de Matin et Nuit Elgar
Lady Radnor Suite Parry

April 2019

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Palladio, concerto grosso for string orchestra (first movement) Jenkins

Concerto in C major for two flutes RV533 

Soloists:Jane Foister, Gareth Williams 

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 BWV 1048 J.S. Bach
Adagio for Strings op.11 Barber
Serenade in E flat for Strings op. 6 Suk

November 2018

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The Hebrides Overture (Fingal’s Cave) Mendelssohn
Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor – Soloist: Jason Anderson Mozart
Aria ‘Erbarme dich, mein Gott’ J.S. Bach
Symphony No 1 in C Major Beethoven

June 2018

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Holberg Suite op. 40 Grieg
“Molly on the Shore” Grainger
Two Waltzes from op. 54 Dvorák
Exsultate Jubilate K165 – Soloist: Alison Bell Mozart
Symphony no.1 Boyce
“Summertime” from Porgy and Bess  – Soloist: Alison Bell Gershwin
Serenade for Strings op.20 Elgar
Radetzky March Strauss

March 2018

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Concerto ‘Rustica’  –  Soloist: Dennis Simons Vivaldi
Violin Concerto in D  –  Soloist: Dennis Simons Marcello
Simple Symphony Britten
Divertimento in B flat Mozart
String Symphony No.7  Mendelssohn

November 2017

Italian Girl in Algiers – Overture Rossini
Cello Concerto   – Soloist:  Sooyeon Lee (Royal Academy of Music) Saint Saëns
Élégie Fauré
La Traviata, Prelude to Act 3 Verdi
Symphony No.3    Schubert

June 2017

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba Handel
Brandenburg No.4 –


Jane Foister,Gareth Williams – Flute

Clare Wilding – Harpsichord

Bob Pinniger – Violin

J.S. Bach

Variations on a theme of TchaikovskyArenskyValse TristeSibeliusNocturneBorodinElegiac MelodiesGriegSerenade for Strings Dag Wiren

April 2017

Violin Concerto in E major – Soloist: Lisa Orton J.S. Bach
Divertimento in F K138 Mozart
Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana Mascagni
Serenade for Strings op. 48. Tchaikovsky

November 2016

Symphony No.25 Mozart
Horn concerto No.1 in E flat – Soloist: Timothy Ellis (Royal Academy of Music) Strauss
Symphony No.3 The Scottish Mendelssohn

July 2016

Concerto for 2 violins D minor  – Soloists: Dennis Simons, Bob Pinniger J.S.Bach
Concertino Pastorale    John Ireland
Light Music for Strings  Alan Rawsthorne
Concerto Grosso op.6 no.4 A minor    G.F. Handel
Serenade for Strings op.12   Lennox Berkeley
Capriol Suite    Peter Warlock

April 2016

Concerto Grosso Op6 No.1 in D Corelli
Concerto for Bassoon RV484 in E minor  – Soloist: Matthew Petrie Vivaldi
Suite No. 3 ‘Ancient Airs and Dances’ Respighi
St. Paul’s Suite Holst
String Symphony No8 Mendelssohn

November 2015

Symphony No. 4 Op.18 J.C. Bach
Piano Concerto in A Minor  Op.54  – Soloist: Bo Lyu (Royal Academy of Music) Schumann
Banks of Green Willow   Butterworth
Symphony No 2 in D Major Op.36 Beethoven

June 2015

Andante Festivo Jean Sibelius
Oboe Concerto – Soloist: James Watts Alessandro Marcello
Battalia Heinrich Biber
Romance, Op. 11 Gerald Finzi
Serenade for strings Vasily Kalinnikov
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Mozart
Rumanian Folk Dances Bela Bartok

March 2015

Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 3 Handel
Little Suite Nielsen
Suite no 2 in B minor for flute and strings – Soloists:  Sally Adams (Weston Concert)  Jane Beck (Bristol Concert) J.S. Bach
Serenade for Strings Dvorák

December 2014

Overture – Coriolan Beethoven
Violin concerto in E minor Op.64 – Soloist:  Julia Pusker (Royal Academy of Music) Mendelssohn
Airs de Danse et Chanson Delibes
Symphony No.104 in D major Haydn

July 2014

Concerto in A minor for violin and string orchestra – Soloist: Dennis Simons J.S. Bach
Divertimento K 136 in D W.A. Mozart
Concerto Grosso op. 6 No 1 G. F. Handel
Adagio for Organ and Strings (1st Movement only) Tomaso Albinoni
Serenade for Strings Op. 6 Josef Suk

 March 2014

Brandenburg Concerto No.3 J.S. Bach
Exsultate Jubilate – Soloist:  Stephanie Spragg Mozart
Chanson de Nuit   Elgar
Chanson de Matin Elgar
Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky, Op 35a Arensky
Holberg Suite Grieg

November 2013

Overture – Tancredi Rossini
Guitar Concerto – Soloist:  Jonathan Wiseman Rodrigo
Pavane   Fauré
Symphony No.4 –  ‘The Italian’ Mendelssohn

July 2013

Memorial concert for Roger Thomas
Vicar of Frenchay Parish Church and Leader of the Orchestra

Including performances from family members

Serenade for Strings Elgar
Oboe Concerto  (1st Movement) – Soloist: Sarah Bence Vaughan Williams
Concerto for Violin, Oboe in C minor BWV1060 – Soloists: Emma Welton – Violin, Sarah Bence – Oboe J.S. Bach
Serenade for Strings Tchaikovsky
Serenade No.13 in G major, “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” Mozart
“Dargason” from St Paul’s Suite Holst

April 2013

Symphony No. 68 in Bb Major Haydn
Flute Concerto No2 in D major – Soloist: Christopher Green Mozart
Dance of the Blessed Spirits Gluck
Water Music Suite  (a selection of movements from Suites No.1, 2 and 3) Handel

December 2012

Overture  – Don Giovanni Mozart
Piano Concerto in  Eb major –   Soloist – Rustom Battiwalla Beethoven
Symphony No.6 in C Schubert

June 2012

Chaconne in F Maj Purcell
Romance Finzi
2 Bagatelles for Clarinet –  Soloist: Emma Tenison Finzi
Serenade for Strings, Op 20 Elgar
2 Pieces from Film Music for Henry V Walton
Clarinet Concerto –  Soloist: Emma Tenison Jim Parker
Simple Symphony, Op 4 Britten

March 2012

An Irish Melody Bridge
Concerto for trumpet, oboe and strings Hertel
Adagio for Strings Barber
Lullaby Gershwin
“Quiet City” for trumpet, cor anglais and strings – Soloists :

Colin Bloch – Trumpet
Jennifer Mears – Oboe/Cor Anglais

Serenade for Strings Herbert
“Molly on the Shore” Grainger

November 2011

Overture on Russian Themes Rimsky-Korsakov
Concerto for Double Bass “Reminiscences” – Soloist: David Heyes Johnathan Palmer
Prelude & Romance from Gadfly Suite Shostakovich
Symphony no. 103 “Drum Roll” Haydn

June 2011

Concerto in G for String Orchestra RV151 Vivaldi
Nulla in mundo pax sincera RV630 – Soloist: Charlotte Newstead Vivaldi
Ancient Airs and Dances Suite no. 3 Respighi
Songs of Summer for soprano and strings (first performance) Lloyd-Jones
Serenade for Strings op. 22 Dvorák

March 2011

Danse sacrée et danse profane for harp and strings – Soloist: Megan Garrity Debussy
Five Variants of ‘Dives and Lazarus’ Vaughan Williams
Holberg Suite Grieg
Lachrimae or Seven Teares Dowland
Serenade for Strings Wiren

        November 2010

Overture ‘The Italian Girl in Algiers’ Rossini
Bassoon Concerto – Soloist: Thomas Russell Porter Weber
Scherzo and Nocturne (from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’) Mendelssohn
Symphony no. 8 Beethhoven

June 2010

Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 8 (“Christmas Concerto”) Corelli
Suite in D major for trumpet and strings – Soloist: Colin Bloch Handel
Capriol Suite Warlock
Sonata no. 1 for trumpet and strings Purcell
String Symphony no. 11 Mendelssohn
Rumanian Dances Bartok

November 2009

“Jeux d’Enfants” Suite Bizet
Piano Concerto in A minor (Soloist: Rustom Battiwalla) Grieg
Symphony in C Bizet
String Symphony no. 11 Mendelssohn
Rumanian Dances Bartok