Wish List

The choice of appropriate music is the responsibility of the Musical Director and involves a delicate balance of resources and abilities. But suggestions are welcome…

Click here to view the repertoire from previous concerts.

Click here to see a compilation of suggestions so far (up to June 2017).

If you have a favourite piece of music that you would like to be considered for future rehearsals or concerts, please give the details in the comment box below (scroll down). It would be helpful if you could also indicate how this music might be sourced.

Suggestions so far (most recent first)…

33 Responses to Wish List

  1. Katie Turner says:

    My partner is a big fan of Game of Thrones, and has asked if we’d be able to play the theme tune, as he would love to hear us play it and thinks it would be a big hit with the rest of the audience too. I don’t like the show, but have to agree that the theme tune is fantastic!

  2. Susie Jackson says:

    I think Klaus Badelt’s New Pirates of the Caribbean would be tremendous fun to play!

  3. Kristen Wood says:

    Always loved the thought of playing Hans Zimmer’s Pirates of the Caribbean theme tune or Alexandre Desplat’s more dramatic Harry Potter scores from the later films. Or the original John Williams scores of course! Mendelsshon’s Fingals Cave and Mussorgsky’s Night on the Bare Mountain!

  4. Karen Withey says:

    Wallace and gromit theme tune

  5. Anne Richards says:

    Young person’s guide to the itchestra

  6. Moira Milkar says:

    Ravel’s Bolero. Available on IMSLP.

  7. Alan says:

    Are we allowed to use arrangements from the BBC “Ten Pieces” project?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/Z1hMFSnKf95bxKlymzLwyC/orchestral-and-choral-arrangements

    Lots of good stuff, with a range of parts for different ability levels.

  8. Alan says:

    Some more suggestions…

    Butterworth – A Shropshire Lad – http://imslp.org/wiki/A_Shropshire_Lad_(Butterworth,_George)

    Handel – Zadok the Priest (orchestral version) – http://imslp.org/wiki/Zadok_the_Priest,_HWV_258_(Handel,_George_Frideric)

    Mahler – Blumine (?? tough trumpet solo)

  9. Children’s Corner Suite –Claude Debussy.

    Not the best quality of recording

  10. Alan says:

    Émile Waldteufel – The Skater’s Waltz, Op. 183
    …for winter concert? (http://imslp.org/wiki/Les_patineurs,_Op.183_(Waldteufel,_Emile))

  11. Jenny says:

    Something by Benjamin Britten? Soirees Musicales? one of the Suites? Tend to have a good range of instruments 🙂

  12. Sean Damer says:

    Further to an earlier suggestion by Alex, how about a Rossini overture? There are any number of contenders – La Cenerentola, La Gazza Ladra, Il Signor Bruschino and, of course, W*ll**m T*ll!

  13. Liza dimbleby says:

    Sorry that should be suite for Variety orchestra, not jazz orchestra. Although many of the recordings are mistakenly labelled Jazz orchestra! see here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suite_for_Variety_Orchestra_(Shostakovich)

    Still think it would be great.

  14. Alan says:

    Beethoven Symphony No. 1 – 1st mvt? (maybe even all of it??)

  15. Liza dimbleby says:

    Shostakovitch Waltz no 2 from Suite for Jazz orchestra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmCnQDUSO4I would be something we could do justice to I think. Good percussion parts too.

  16. Jenny says:

    Rimsky Korsakov – Sadko (Musical Tableau) Op 5? Realise too late for this session so super organised for next time!

  17. Moira Grant says:

    can I suggest Brahms Academic Festival Overture for next season
    thanks, Moira

  18. Gib FitzGibbon says:

    An arrangement of Scott Joplin rags would be a novelty for us.

  19. Alex says:

    It would be nice to play a complete symphony (which could come after an interval to give players a chance for a breather). Something like:
    Schubert, Symphony No.5
    Haydn, Symphony No.104
    Sibelius, Symphony No.2

    I also like ‘The Hobbit’ symphony by Johan de Meij. There’s an arrangement for symphony orchestra – one or two movements from that would be fun, if the whole thing is deemed too much.

    A piece for the wind and brass to get stuck into would be fun – something like the music for the royal fireworks, then offset against something for the strings – e.g. Vaughan Williams’s ‘Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis’.

    Other works would include:
    Rimsky-Korsakov, ‘Scheherezade’
    Beethoven, ‘Egmont’ Overture
    Wagner, ‘Der Meistersinger’ Overture
    Mozart, ‘Idomeneo’ overture
    Rossini, ‘Thieving Magpie’ Overture

    I could go on…

  20. Jenny says:

    Vaughan Williams 8th symphony? Maybe last mvt but maybe quite tricky?

  21. Percussion :) says:

    Berlioz Roman Carnival and
    1812 overture

  22. Joanna says:

    May I second Brian’s suggestion of the Borodin “In the Steppes of Central Asia” and repeat my suggestion of Victor Hely-Hutchison’s Carol Symphony: I think it is the third movement that was used by the BBC in The Box of Delights.

  23. Brian says:

    Mendelssohn, Symphony No 3 (Scottish) – Introduction, Scherzo or Finale
    Borodin, In the Steppes of Central Asia

    (both these pieces are available from the Petrucci Music Library)

  24. admin says:

    On the lighter side, this might be fun…

    “Gershwin by George” – orchestral medley of Gershwin tunes.
    Available from: https://www.jwpepper.com/Gershwin-by-George/10496078.item#.V5tOAxIllCo

  25. Jennifer Buntin says:

    That would be great!

  26. Katie says:

    After a bit of chat over curry last night…..thoughts on playing a musical overture? “Anything Goes”, “South Pacific”, or “Me and My Girl” all have some great tunes in them!

  27. Gib FitzGibbon says:

    A movement from Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony would be fun.
    Something by Leroy Anderson based on familiar melodies.
    Also one or more instrumental interludes, or instrumental arrangements of vocal numbers, from Purcell’s the Masque in Dioclesian

  28. Alan says:

    Luigi Boccherini (arr. Berio) – Ritirata notturna di Madrid
    Lots of percussion & brass – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qt5EtfMZSnY

  29. Alan says:

    Mozart – Overture: Abduction from the Seraglio, K.384
    …something for everyone, lots of percussion (clarinets in C, but could transpose), available on IMSLP

  30. Sean Damer says:

    Berlioz’s “Rob Roy” Overture – great fun, great music, very Scottish!

  31. Katie Turner says:

    I think The Land of the Mountain and the Flood has been suggested before – I would also love to play this! And for Christmas (can’t believe I’m talking about Christmas in March!!), how about something from The Nutcracker?

    If we were looking at doing anything just for strings, my old school string orchestra played Corelli’s Christmas Concerto and it was always a favourite (but not too Christmassy for November!). Or I love Grieg’s Holberg Suite…. But I guess they wouldn’t be much fun for the rest of the orchestra…

  32. Alan says:

    Delius “La Calinda” – full orchestra version has something for everyone

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