Sunderland Symphony Orchestra


Founded October 1999         Charity registration no. 1082431

Founders & Vice-Presidents - John Lennox, Mark Greenfield, Winifred Lundgren

Musical Director – Paul Judson

Newsletter – New Year 2017



Next concert

Saturday 25th March 2017   7.30pm

 ‘Music from the British Isles’

In West Park Church




Future concerts


Saturday 1st July 2017    7.30pm


Saturday 14th October 2017    7.30pm


Saturday 9th December 2017   4.00pm


Saturday 24th March 2018    7.30pm


Saturday 7th July 2018   7.30pm


Venues to be announced (Hopefully, in West Park Church)





Musical Director


Paul Judson’s wife, Fay, recently had a medical problem which required hospitalisation

and surgery. Fay is now home and is on the way to making a full recovery.

This, understandably, resulted in Paul being unable to take rehearsals for some weeks,

and also prevented him from leading the Christmas concert.

We are very grateful to Alan Price who stepped in at short notice and took the

remaining rehearsals up to the concert, and also presided over the concert itself.

Alan is a very experienced and accomplished musician, as a violin/viola player, singer and conductor. He is a great friend of the orchestra and has played with us

 as a guest on many occasions.

We extend our sincere thanks to Alan for his help.





Christmas concert


The Christmas concert was attended by an audience of just over two hundred.

This is the highest recorded to date at West Park.

Guest singers were the twenty strong Middle School Choir from the local independent school, Argyle House, under the direction of their musical director Teresa Dewhurst, who is also their school music teacher (and was soloist at our October concert).

The choir sang Christmas carols, items from ‘Mary Poppins’, music from ‘The Snowman’,

 and were accompanied by the orchestra in some well-known Christmas songs.

The whole programme was designed so as to be attractive to young people, and as an experiment had a later than usual start time.







Thanks to some hard work by our Vice-President, Mark Greenfield, and by the City of Sunderland’s press officer, we have finally received publicity in the Sunderland Echo.

Both the October and December concerts received write-ups prior to the events.


Further publicity was given by ‘The Cultural Spring’ in their newsletters, in ‘Seeitdoit Sunderland,’ and by ‘Sun FM’.


The orchestra’s chairman gave a short live interview on ‘Radio Newcastle’

prior to the Christmas concert.




Monkwearmouth Christian Fellowship

A group of nine orchestra members provided accompaniment for the Christmas Carol Service

in their church at Fulwell, Sunderland.




Closure of West Park Church


The possible purchase of the building by a development company has fallen through,

so the building is back on the market.




Donation of violin


A violin has also been donated to the orchestra, by Mr. Arthur Riddler - a local violin, viola and

bow maker and restorer. He has requested that the instrument belongs to the orchestra

 and is played by a member of the orchestra.

The instrument was made by him and also partly restored by him.

Mr. Riddler has regularly attended our concerts over the years.

The instrument is now being played by our secretary, Joy Lowther,

and will be heard at the March concert. ‘Thank you’ Arthur.




Donation of clarinet


A clarinet has recently been donated to the orchestra

by Mr. Ian McSkimming, from West Kilbride in Ayrshire, Scotland.

Mr. McSkimming is a friend of our secretary’s family,

and the instrument previously belonged to his daughter.

Many thanks.




Notice of Annual General Meeting 2017


The AGM will be held on Wednesday 29th March 2017 at 7.30pm - 8.30pm.

West Park Church Hall, Cowan Terrace, Sunderland. SR2 7AQ.

This will be followed by refreshments and a short orchestra rehearsal.




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