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Welcome to the website for the Banbury Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and its offshoot, the Banbury Chamber Orchestra (BCO). We are an enthusiastic group of local amateur musicians who rehearse in Banbury for ten weeks each term before giving four concerts a year.
Music to Honour the Brave 1914-1918 – Saturday June 28
A concert to raise money for ex-servicemen will be held in Banbury later this month.
Banbury Symphony Orchestra will perform ‘Music to Honour the Brave 1914-1918’ at St Mary’s Church on Saturday June 28 – the day of the town’s annual Armed Forces Parade.
Proceeds of the concert will go to the Royal British Legion and to the Army Benevolent Fund.
The orchestra of around 60 local musicians perform four main concerts each year, including the town’s annual Christmas Concert. Performances are always to a very high standard and it’s a real treat to experience the sound and excitement of a full symphony orchestra without leaving Banbury.
Emma Callery (Chair of the orchestra committee) said: “In future, all of our summer concerts will raise money for local good causes. We have chosen ex-service charities this year because 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1 – and it is appropriate that we recognise that and pay tribute to those who fought in the Great War and other conflicts”.
The concert is being organised in association with Banbury Town Council who run the Armed Forces parade and with the Rotary Club of Banbury.
Leader of the council Kieron Mallon, who is also president of the Banbury British Legion branch, said: “This is a wonderful gesture by Banbury Symphony Orchestra. I am sure the concert will be a success and will raise a large sum of money for two deserving charities.” Cllr Mallon is also the North Oxon representative of the Army Benevolent Fund. He added: “It is especially appropriate that the concert is on the day of Banbury Armed Forces parade.”
The highlights of the programme will be Elgar’s “Enigma Variations” and “Land of Hope and Glory”. The programme will also feature works by Britten and Kelly that speak vividly of this turning point in history.
The concert will begin at 7.30pm and tickets costing £10 are available from Banbury Tourist Information Centre and www.wegottickets.com.
@BanburySymphony on Twitter is where you can find further updates and ask anything else that you need to know about this memorable concert
Recent Concert Highlights
Recent highlights have included our charity concert in association with The Rotary Club of Banbury raising money for Help for Heroes in July 2013. We are proud to have been able to donate more than £2,500 to H4H and are looking forward to working with other charities in the future. We have also had great pleasure playing concertos with talented young soloists.
Find out more about us through this website and then come and join us, either playing or attending our concerts. You will always be warmly welcomed.
“We are blessed to have such talent in Banbury.”
“Congratulations to Banbury Symphony Orchestra – an excellent and inspiring concert last night.”
“Thank you for the fantastic evening & what a great performance !! Amazing concert for a great cause, amazing atmosphere , everything was just wonderful! BRAVO! BRAVO! BRAVO!” Mrs & Mr Beyxer from Brackley
For information about our forthcoming concerts, please go to the Concerts page.