Music for a Summer’s Evening with the Royal Wootton Bassett Orchestra

By Barrie Hudson - 2 June 2023

Arts and Culture

Royal Wootton Bassett Orchestra will give a summer concert on 15 July from 7.30pm in the Sixth Form Centre of Royal Wootton Bassett Academy.

It follows the success of the orchestra's English Idyll concert in Malmesbury Abbey in April. 

The summer concert, entitled Music for a Summer’s Evening, will be an orchestral showcase of music from light classics to film and pop, and will feature the world premiere of a chamber suite by Mike Beale, a local composer and musician.

It was originally written for a small group of musicians, but Mike re-worked his Chamber Suite in lockdown, creating full orchestration. 

Inspired by Scottish folk rhythms, the suite is melodic with four contrasting movements. 

Mike said: “I’m very excited that such a good orchestra as RWBO will be the first to play this piece in public.”

The summer concert will also showcase some soloists from the orchestra for what is billed as a very relaxing, easy listening evening. 

A spokesperson said: "See how many well-known Proms tunes you can recognise in ‘Jubilee Clips’, and in Radio 4 UK themes. Singalong with Abba and Bacharach medleys. Drift away with Masseney’s Meditation or Delibes’s The Flower Duet. Enter the world of film with Big Country and Pirates of the Caribbean. 

Wine and chilled soft drinks will be served in the interval. Tickets are £10 (Under 16s free) and available from the orchestra’s website



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