2021 GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY
In 2021 City of Southampton Orchestra celebrates its 50th anniversary!
The orchestra started in March 1971 when an ad-hoc group of musicians from the Southampton area was asked by Ward Gardner, an enthusiastic amateur conductor, to accompany his choral group, the New Forest Singers, at a concert in Beaulieu Abbey Church.
The success of this concert led to the permanent formation of the orchestra, later renamed the City of Southampton Orchestra, reflecting its growth in size and its broader musical repertoire.
Our main celebratory concert will be in November 2021, with a newly commissioned piece and we hope as many people will join us in this memorable and very special event.
WHO WE ARE
City Of Southampton Orchestra is one of the leading non-professional orchestras in the south of England, performing a wide variety of popular and interesting music from across the orchestral repertoire. We have been established for over forty years and perform five concerts each year, including one concert designed specifically to introduce children to orchestral music.
CELLOS IN LOCKDOWN
We hope you enjoy this performance of Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus. Our cello section came together to make music virtually.
Our thanks go to Trish Kiy for editing the video and uploading it to YouTube.