Saturday 25 June 2022

St. Wins Church, Totton

The Solent Concert Orchestra gave a concert of ‘Summer Suites’ at a recently refurbished St. Wins Church, Totton, last Saturday afternoon in front of a most appreciative audience. Conductor Simon Wilkins congratulated the church on its excellent acoustics which undoubtedly contributed to another fine performance.

The first half featured two pieces by Schubert, namely, his ‘Rosamunde Overture’ and ‘Ballet Music No. 2’, the daintiness of the latter contrasting beautifully with the more boisterous nature of the former. Then came the ‘Dance of the Hours’ by Ponchielli whose main melody is perhaps better known in the comic song ‘Hello Mother, Hello Father’ about a young American boy’s less than joyous stay at a summer camp.

The second half of the concert started with the ever- popular ‘English Folk Song Suite’ by Vaughan Williams marking his 150th anniversary featuring such well-known pieces ‘Seventeen Come Sunday’, ‘My Bonny Boy’ and ‘Folk Songs From Somerset’.

Tony Kitcherside, a life-member of the orchestra, was present to play his own arrangement of Bach’s ‘Orchestral Suite No. 3’along with the rest of the orchestra. The well-balanced and varied performance concluded with Gustav Holst’s ‘Suite in E Flat’ comprising the ‘Chaconne’ followed by the ‘Intermezzo’ and finishing with the ‘March’.

The orchestra’s loyal patron, Dr. Julian Lewis MP, was once again in attendance and added his congratulations to what was a most enjoyable concert.

The Solent Concert Orchestra is next performing later in the year at All Saints Church, Milford-on-Sea on Saturday 26th November. Further details can be found at