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First performance with a new name

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

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West Mendip Orchestra is the new name of the orchestra that started more than 35 years ago in Winscombe with a performance in the local primary school.

Over the years it has grown to a full-size symphony orchestra tackling major pieces of classical music.

The orchestra took a major step forward with the appointment of Mark Gateshill as musical director in 2009.

Under his leadership the orchestra has moved to higher standards and expanded its ambitions.

It now regularly includes professional soloists in its concerts and has performed world premieres of new music.

It also attracts players from a much wider area, from Wells to Weston-super-Mare and from Bristol to Bridgwater.

Mark said: "The orchestra is a regional musical force with a reach and importance beyond the village where it started.

"The new name lets people know the scale of the orchestra's ability and range.

"As the orchestra grows there are opportunities for competent string players. Anyone who is interested should just get in touch."

The orchestra's first performance under its new name will be on Friday, November 16.

The programme includes Holst's Somerset Rhapsody and The Planets and Vaughan Williams' The Wasps Overture and English Folk Song Suite

Venue for this performance is the Friends Meeting House in Sidcot at 7.45pm.

Entrance is £7 (concessions £6. children under 16, £2).

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