CONCERTS GIVEN BY THE WOODBRIDGE ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY

 

The earliest evidence of the existence of a Woodbridge Orchestral band was in 1883, when they performed with the Woodbridge Choral Society on Tuesday February 6th, 1883. The Choral Society was formed in 1882, and this was their first concert.  A photostat copy of the programme is in existence. The first half comprised ten short items, a number of them solo items, whereas the second half  was devoted to van Bree’s Cantata,  St.Cecilia’s Day”. In the orchestra there were 2 Violin I’s, 5 Violin II’s, 3 Violas, 2 Cellos, Double-Bass, 3 flutes, 2 Clarinets, 1 Bassoon. 2 Horns, 2 Cornets, Drums, Piano and Organ.  The leader of the band was a Mr. Cullingford (1st Violin).

 

It seems that the Woodbridge Orchestral Society officially came into being 25 years later in 1907.

 

W.O.S. = Woodbridge Orchestral Society   W.C.C. = Woodbridge Choral Society 

W.P.S. = Woodbridge Philharmonic Society (Choir)

For most of the concerts, listed beneath, a programme and list of participants exists

 

 

Concert description

Societies participating

 

Date of concert

 

Conductor

7th concert

W.E.A. Orchestra

Tue Apr 1st, 1924.

Alfred J. Dye

8th concert

W.O.S.

Tue Feb 3rd, 1925.

Alfred J. Dye

9th concert

W.O.S.

Tue Dec 1st, 1925.

Alfred J. Dye

10th concert

W.O.S.

Tue Feb 8th, 1927

Alfred J. Dye

11th concert

W.O.S.

Wed Feb 29th, 1928.

Alfred J. Dye

12th concert

W.O.S.

Tue Apr 1st, 1930.

Alfred J. Dye

 

W.O.S.

Apr 5th, 1938

Alfred J. Dye

 

W.O.S.

Apr 1st, 1939**

Alfred J. Dye

 

W.O.S.

Wed Nov 12th, 1941

 

Deben and Woodbridge Warship week

W.O.S.

Wed Feb 11th, 1942

 

Wings for Victory Week

W.O.S.

Wed May 12th, 1943

 

 

W.O.S.

Wed May 3rd, 1944

 

 

W.O.S.

Wed Apr 18th, 1945

 

 

W.P.S. ass. by W.O.S

Wed Apr 10th, 1946

Philip Haines

 

W.P.S. and W.O.S

Wed Apr 17th, 1946

Philip Haines

 

W. S.S

25th Nov, 1946

Philip Haines

Handel’s Messiah

W.C.S. and W.O.S

December 18th, 1946

Philip Haines

Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast

W.C.S. ass. by W.O.S

Wed Apr 9th, 1947

Philip Haines

Felixstowe Ladies College

W.O.S.

March 13th, 1948

 

Haydn’s Creation

W.C.S. ass. by W.O.S

Wed Apr 7th, 1948

Philip Haines

Messiah Christmas Carols

W.C.S. ass. by W.O.S

Wed Dec 22nd, 1948

Philip Haines

“Tom Jones” Edward German

W.C.S. ass. by W.O.S

Fri Apr 8th, 1949

Philip Haines

The Sailor and his Lass

W.C.S. ass. by W.O.S

Frid Apr 14th, 1950

Roger Quilter

Composer

Masonic Hall

W.O.S.

Mar 15th, 1950

 

Clopton Church thanksgiving

W.O.S.

Wed 23rd May, 1951

Philip Haines

Conducted own composition

W.O.S.

Febr 25th, 1952

Bernard Barrell

Framlingham College

W.O.S.

1st Mar, 1952

Philip Haines

Varied programme

W.C.S. ass. by W.O.S

Fri Apr 4th, 1952

Philip Haines

Sutton

W.O.S

Sat, Jul 27th, 1952

 

Melton Church

W.O.S.

May 17th, 1953

 

Christmas music

W.C.S. and W.O.S

Thu, Dec 10th, 1953

Philip Haines

Conducted own composition

W.O.S.

Mar 6th, 1954

Bernard Barrell

Varied programme

W.C.S. and W.O.S

Wed 7th Apr, 1954

Philip Haines

Varied programme

W.O.S.

Tue, 19th Apr, 1955

Dora Fox,

Bernard Barrell

Varied programme

W.O.S.

Fri, 6th Apr 1956

Dora Fox,

Bernard Barrell

Masonic Hall

W.O.S.

Mon, Mar 25, 1957

Bernard Barrell

The Bartered Bride

W.C.S. and W.O.S

Tue, 26th Apr, 1960

Gordon Hawkins,

 Bernard Barrell

Crown Assembly Rooms

W.O.S.

Mar 16th, 1961

Bernard Barrell

Carmen and Highways

W.C.S. and W.O.S

Tue, 3rd April 1962

Gordon Hawkins

Hymns of Praise

Missa Brevis

W.C.S. and W.O.S

Tue, 4th Dec, 1962

Gordon Hawkins,

 Bernard Barrell

At home

W.O.S.

Tue, Apr 30th, 1963

Bernard Barrell

At home

W.O.S.

Tue, Apr 28th,1964

Bernard Barrell

National Hall, Sun Lane

W.O.S.

Tue, Apr 27th,1965

Bernard Barrell

National Hall, Sun Lane

W.O.S.

Tue, May 3rd,1966

Bernard Barrell

At home

W.O.S.

Mon, Apr 17th, 1967

Bernard Barrell

At home

W.O.S.

Mon, Apr 28th, 1968

Bernard Barrell

At home

W.O.S.

Mon, Mar 31st,1969

Bernard Barrell

At home

W.O.S.

Mon, May 4th, 1970

Bernard Barrell

At home attended by Imogen Holst

W.O.S.

Mon, May 3rd, 1971

Bernard Barrell

At home

W.O.S.

Mon, May 1st, 1972

Bernard Barrell

At home

W.O.S.

Mon, May 7th, 1973

Bernard Barrell

At home

W.O.S.

Mon, May 6th, 1974

Bernard Barrell

At home

W.O.S.

Mon, May 5th, 1976

Bernard Barrell

At home

W.O.S.

Mon, May 17th, 1975

Bernard Barrell

At home

W.O.S.

Mon May 16th, 1977

Bernard Barrell

At home

W.O.S.

Mon, May 15th, 1978

Bernard Barrell

At home

W.O.S.

Mon, Apr 2nd, 1979

Bernard Barrell

At home attended by William Alwyn

W.O.S.

Mon Apr 6th 1981

Bernard Barrell

At home 75th birthday Imogen Holst

W.O.S.

Mon 29th Mar, 1982

Bernard Barrell

100th Anniversary of W.C.S.

W.C.S. and W.O.S

Sat, 19th Mar,1983

Gordon Hawkins

At home

W.O.S.

Mon, 21st Mar, 1983

Bernard Barrell

At home comm. Imogen Holst’s death

W.O.S.

Mon, 2nd Apr, 1984

Bernard Barrell

At home

W.O.S.

Mon, 29th Apr, 1985

Bernard Barrell

At home

W.O.S.

Mon, 28th Apr, 1986

James Butt

At home

W.O.S.

1987

 

At home

W.O.S.

1988

 

At home

W.O.S.

1989

 

At home

W.O.S.

Mon, 2nd Apr, 1990

Andrew Fairley

At home

W.O.S.

1991

Andrew Fairley

At home

W.O.S.

Mon, 6th Apr, 1992

Andrew Fairley

At home

W.O.S.

Mon, 29th Mar, 1993

Andrew Fairley

At home

W.O.S.

Mon, 21st Mar, 1994

Andrew Fairley

At home

W.O.S.

Mon, 3rd Apr, 1995

Andrew Fairley

At home

W.O.S.

Mon, 25th Mar, 1996

Andrew Fairley

At home

W.O.S.

Mon, 24th Mar, 1997

Andrew Fairley

At home

W.O.S.

Mon, 30th Mar, 1998

Andrew Fairley

At home

W.O.S.

Mon, 29th Mar, 1999

Andrew Fairley

Millennium Concert

W.O.S.

Sun. 16th Apr, 2000

Andrew Fairley

Neville Reeder

At home

W.O.S.

Mon, 2nd Apr, 2001

Neville Reeder

At home

W.O.S.

Mon, 18th Mar, 2002

Neville Reeder

At home

W.O.S.

Mon, 7th April, 2003

Neville Reeder

Community Hall, Wdbge

W.O.S.

Sun. 4th Apr, 2004

Neville Reeder

Snape Maltings

Suffolk Coastal and English Sinfonia

Sat. 12th Feb, 2005

Patrick Bailey

Community Hall, Wdbge

W.O.S.

Sun. 2nd Apr, 2006

Neville Reeder

Andrew Fairley

100th Anniversary

Seckford Theatre, Wdbge

W.O.S. and friends

Sun. 4th Feb, 2007

Patrick Bailey

Neville Reeder

Andrew Fairley

At home(Kyson school)

W.O.S.

Mon 17th Mar, 2008

Neville Reeder

At home(Kyson school)

W.O.S.

Mon 30th Mar, 2009

Neville Reeder

Piano Concerto Concert

W.O.S.

Sun 28th Feb 2010

Neville Reeder

Paul Benyon

At home(Methodist Church)

W. O. S.

Mon 4th Apr 2011

Neville Reeder

Paul Benyon

Chris Robinson

At home(Methodist Church)

W. O. S.

Mon 19th Mar 2012

Neville Reeder

Paul Benyon

Chris Robinson

Public (Methodist Church)

W. O. S.

Mon 25th Mar 2013

Neville Reeder

Paul Benyon

Chris Robinson

** The 1939 concert included a piece Diversions on an Original Theme by our late President Bernard Barrell.

 

The programmes for the years 1986-89 and 1991 are missing. If anyone has a copy that they could let me have, I would be grateful if you would please send an E-mail to let me know.