Programme for 2022-23

2022 / 23 Season

The 2023-24 season started with a celebration of our 50th anniversary (delayed from 2020) of the founding of the orchestra, in front of a capacity audience at St Johns Smith Square.  A Fanfare for Time, composed and conducted by WLS founder Steve Block, opened the programme, followed by Kabalevsky’s thrilling orchestral showpiece, the Overture to his opera Colas Breugnon. The first half concluded with the Concerto for 3 Saxophones by the late Barbara Thompson; the first movement on the alto, the second on the tenor, and the third on the soprano. All three instruments were played by Jonathan Radford, one of the world’s leading classical saxophonists. We were privileged to have the composer’s daughter in the audience.  The second half featured the perfect piece to show off the orchestra at its half-century – Holst’s famous masterpiece; The Planets

15th October, 7.00pm at St John’s Smith Square SW1 – 50th Anniversary of West London Sinfonia  

  • Steve Block: Fanfare for Time
  • Kabalevsky: Overture Colas Breugnon
  • Barbara Thompson: Concerto for 3 saxophones (soloist Jonathan Radford)
  • Holst: The Planets

Conductor: Philip Hesketh
Leader: Iwona Boesche

 26th November 2022, 7.30pm at St. Michael and All Angels W4

  • Elgar: Froissart
  • Brahms: Symphony no. 3
  • Dvorak: Symphonic Variations

Conductor: Philip Hesketh
Leader: Iwona Boesche

11th December 2022, 3.00pm at St. Michael and All Angels W4

Children’s concert

  • The Snowman (Howard Blake/Raymond Briggs)

Conductor: Philip Hesketh
Leader: Iwona Boesche

28th January 2023, 4.00pm at St. Michael and All Angels

  • Finzi: Romance
  • Kilar: Orawa
  • R Strauss: Suite for Winds op 4
  • Jim Parker: A Londoner in New York

Conductor: Philip Hesketh
Leader: Iwona Boesche

11th March 2023, 7.30pm  at St. Barnabas Pitshanger Lane W5

  • Sibelius: Symphony no 3 [32222/4230 T stgs]
  • Gershwin: [Rhapsody in Blue 2.2.2+bcl+2asax+tensax.2/3331/T p stgs solo piano]
  • Respighi: Pines of Rome [3(picc).2+cor.2+bcl.2+cta/4.3+offstage.6flugel.4 T P organ cel pno gramophone stgs]

Conductor: Philip Hesketh
Leader: Iwona Boesche

10th June 2023, 7.30pm at St. Barnabas Pitshanger Lane W5

  • Sibelius: Finlandia [2222/4331/T p stgs]
  • Takemitsu: Green
  • Holst: The Perfect Fool
  • Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony

Conductor: Philip Hesketh
Leader: Iwona Boesche

8th July 2023, 7.30pm at St. Anne’s Kew Green TW9 [4 rehearsals from 13 June]

  • Mendelssohn: Die Schone Melusine overture
  • Haydn: Sinfonia Concertante soloists Iwona Boesche (violin), Bruno Bower (oboe), Rebecca Lewis (cello), Glyn Williams (bassoon)
  • Beethoven: Symphony no. 1

Conductor: Philip Hesketh
Leader: Iwona Boesche