Royal Wootton Bassett Orchestra Celebrates


Royal Wootton Bassett Orchestra is celebrating both Beethoven’s 250th Birthday and VE Day 75 with two concerts this Spring. The first, will be held in Royal Wootton Bassett’s Memorial Hall, on April 18 at 7.30pm. The second will be in the splendid surroundings of Malmesbury Abbey on May 2, also at 7.30pm.


The programme will include Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and his Symphony No 5, with its famous and instantly recognisable four-note opening. Symphony No 5 was first performed in Vienna in 1808.

The second half of the concert will include many WW2 favourites from Glen Miller to Walton’s ‘Crown Imperial’, ‘Dambusters’ and ‘633 Squadron’. The concert will end with a selection of popular WW2 songs and singalongs: ‘A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square’, ‘White Cliffs of Dover’, ‘We’ll Gather Lilacs’ and a grand finale of ‘We’ll Meet Again’.


We are pleased to welcome our guest conductor for both concerts – Alexander Harris. Alexander grew up in Royal Wootton Bassett and has been an active member of local music and arts groups and festivals. He was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He has conducted at the Royal College of Music and on tour with the London Schools Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig. He is currently a student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he is studying the horn under the tutelage of Richard Bissill.


Tickets for both concerts are available on the door or can be reserved by email –  Children with accompanying adults are free. Tickets for RWB are £8 and there will be a bar and raffle. Tickets for Malmesbury Abbey are £10 and are also available from the Malmesbury Abbey Bookshop.


Please join us for one or both evenings of musical celebration.


Royal Wootton Bassett Orchestra, founded in 1982, is a friendly, fully inclusive orchestra welcoming members from all walks of life, and all ages.  Our youngest member is twelve and our oldest members are in their eighties. The orchestra plays a range of music centred around at least three major concerts a year and an open rehearsal


If you would like to join the orchestra please email the above contact email address, message via Facebook or our website