Lunchtime Concert - The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra

Lunchtime Concert - The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra

Friday, January 20, 2017 - 13:00

On 3 March 2014 Her Majesty The Queen graciously approved the title of ‘The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra’ for the new Army String Orchestra in recognition of the Corps of Army Music’s Colonel in Chief, The Countess of Wessex GCVO.

The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra was created as part of recent changes within the Corps of Army Music and came into being on 1 April 2014 and perform at events such as investitures, ceremonies at Royal Households, state banquets and dinners.

There have been string players in the Army for over 250 years and The Royal Artillery Regiment could boast of having the first professional orchestra in Britain. However this is the first time the Army has a dedicated ensemble where its members can concentrate solely on playing stringed instruments without the need to learn a marching band instrument as was the case in the past.

The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra is based at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich and is named after the Corps of Army Music’s Colonel in Chief.

String Symphony No 3 in E minor
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Praeludium from Suite for Strings in E
Arthur Foote (1853-1937)
Serenade for Strings
John Jeffreys (1927-2010)
Variations on the Eton Boating Song
Clive Jenkins (1938-)
1st movement: Andante con moto from Serenade for Strings in E flat
Josef Suk (1874-1935)
Rob Wiffin ()
The Minstrel Boy
Traditional ()
Toss the Feathers
Traditional Irish ()
Les Patineurs, 'The Skaters' Waltz'
Emile Waldteufel (1837-1915)
In RE don Giovanni
Michael Nyman (1948-)


Regent Hall (The Salvation Army)
275 Oxford Street
London W1C 2DJ
United Kingdom
51° 30' 54.1044" N, 0° 8' 35.9844" W
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