MSO’s New Season!

MSO’s new 2018/19 season is about to start – our 57th Concert Season.

Charis Sykesud who joined us as Leader last season is returning to lead us through an exciting season of programmes. Charis will feature as the soloist in two of our three concerts.

Rehearsals commence on Thursday 27th September, 8:00pm at Amersham School, Stanley Hill, Amersham for the first concert of the season on November 24th at St. Mary’s Church, Chesham.

There’s still time to join us if you would like to join our (Amersham) local, friendly orchestra. Please call our Membership Secretary, Christine, on 01494 776758

MSO community outreach – “Toe Tapping Tea-Time” – Sept. 17th 2016

Following the success of MSO’s Wartime Favourites Tea-time concert last year for elderly Amersham residents, we are scheduling a similar concert for this September. The theme will be “Toe Tapping favourites”.

The concert will take place in the King’s Church, Raans Road, Amersham at 3pm on Saturday, September 17th 2016.

Ticket price will include a scrumptious tea!

Make a date in your diary!

MSO Community Outreach – Wartime Memories Concert – April 18th

As part of our community outreach programme, MSO is presenting a programme of music to commemorate the centenary of World War I and the 70th anniversary of VE Day featuring favourite songs and orchestral pieces from and reminiscent of the period. This concert is aimed particularly, but not exclusively, at elderly residents in the local Amersham community.

Wartime displays from Amersham Museum.

Complimentary tea and cake is included in the ticket price.

Date/Time – Saturday April 18th, 3pm (doors open at 2:30pm)

Tickets are £3 each (£1.50 for carers) from or from Julia Hughes-Morgan 01494 762559

Venue – The King’s Church, Raans Road, Amersham HP6 6LX

Passing the baton …


… well, not literally. We are not getting a new conductor, but MSO will have a new leader next season.


Leader Alan Morris

We said farewell to our leader, Alan Morris at our June 29th concert. We have been extremely fortunate Leader Alan Morristo have had Alan’s leadership; his quiet guidance and encouragement has helped to shape MSO into the orchestra it is today.


Many thanks, Alan, and we hope you’ll come back to visit us!


Read all about our new leader, Dora Chatzigeorgiou, here



Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait

Abraham LincolnAaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait is on MSO’s programme this Saturday (29th) – Jason Koczur (pic) narrates.JKOCZUR

In the aftermath of the bombing of Pearl Harbour, Copland was commissioned to compose a musical portrait of an “eminent American”. Copland chose Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States. Lincoln served as President from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865.

Copland’s Lincoln Portrait became part of America’s WW2 war effort in raising patriotic feeling. It contains quotes by Lincoln (including extracts from the Gettysburg Address) and musical “quotes” of traditional American tunes: the C18th ballad “Springfield Mountain” and Stephen Foster’s minstrel song “Camptown Races”.

‘V’ is for villain!

Yes, the letter ‘V’ is certainly a favourite with villains – Voldemort, Darth Vader, Cruella de Vil – and all of these will be present (in one way or another) at MSO’s “Heroes and Villains” concert on Sunday afternoon.

Who are you coming as? Come over to the dark side and bring out your inner villain for the concert …

Prom in the Playing Field

MSO will be taking part in Speen Festival ‘Prom in the Playing Field’ on Sunday, September 15th 3pm-5.30pm.

We took part in the first ever Prom at Speen Festival in 2011. The weather was not kind but it was a fantastic afternoon nonetheless with the audience swathed in whatever warm, waterproof attire they could find. The cold and rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of either the audience or the players. We’re hoping for better weather this year but whatever happens we know it will be a fun and rewarding afternoon.

Entrance if FREE though there is a collection for local charities on the day. Bring the whole family to sing, dance and wave flags: I can guarantee a fine time will be had by all.

Programme includes: Walton – Orb and Sceptre; Gray – Thunderbirds March; Coates – The Dambusters March;  Gershwin – Porgy and Bess selection; and much more with, of course, your Prom favourites, Elgar Pomp and Circumstance March no.1 and Parry’s Jerusalem.


Our audience on Sunday, June 30th is going to have such a treat with the performance of RV Williams Tuba Concerto with soloist, Guy Button. Each of the three movements display different characters of the tuba. The first is lyrical and fun, the second portrays a most beautiful, mournful quality and the third is both explosive and acrobatic. Just fantastic!

The whole programme for our summer concert is excellent family entertainment: Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Dvorak’s symphonic poem The Noon Witch and film music including Pirates of the Caribbean, The Magnificent Seven, Themes from James Bond, The Godfather and Harry Potter.

Concert dress for June 30th

So, we have been asked to ‘embellish’ our concert dress for the June 30th concert in line with the film music extracts we’ll be playing. This could be very exciting!

How about a series of hat changes for Richard? – a Stetson for The Magnificent Seven; a pirate captain’s tricorn for Pirates of the Caribbean; a mafia gangster hat for The Godfather.

Could members of the brass section don Austin Powers wig, prominent chest hair and glasses for Soul Bossa Nova?

I think I’ll go for something more subtle – little finger nail varnished in gold and a Martini (shaken not stirred) under my seat for emergency refreshment in homage to James Bond!

New Website is Live!

Still more work to do, but hope everyone likes the new website so far.