Sunderland Symphony Orchestra

Founded October 1999         Charity registration no. 1082431

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

Musical Director - Ray Farr

NEWSLETTER – Spring 2012



  Vanessa Parson (Bassoon) and her husbandare pleased to announce the birth

of Elisabeth Rose, earlier this year.


Patrons and Friends

We welcome Brian Arrowsmith as a Patron of the orchestra.



Thanks and appreciation


To Sunderland Lions Club, for generously donating

a set of temple blocks, stand, and a whip (slapstick) for the percussion section of the orchestra.


To Sunderland City Council Community Chest

The new music stands and music storage bags which have been paid for by the Sunderland City Council,

have been purchased.




Severine Chanduloy (violin), Ditte Goard (violin),

John Feechan (Trumpet) and Alan Lackenby (Trombone)

have all left the orchestra for various reasons.

We extend our thanks to them for the time they have spent with us, and for the contributions

they have made; we wish them well in their future endeavours.


John Lennox (Vice Chairman) returned to Sri Lanka  in January 2012, for a further period of work.


St Patrick’s Day Concert – March 2012


Ruth Corry (Irish Harp), from Belfast, and Eleanor Penfold (Soprano – Irish songs) from Surrey,

 gave excellent performances.

All the music performed had an Irish connection, and was well received by the audience.

The final item in the programme – ‘Irish Blessing’ was specially arranged

for orchestra and soloist by our Musical Director, Ray Farr.


Annual General Meeting 2012


At the Annual General Meeting, the existing committee members were re-elected

and Lynne Dakers joined the team.

It was decided to raise the membership fees for the year commencing January 1st 2013

to £84.00 for playing members, with a concessionary fee of £54.00 for full time students.

Patrons (£60.00) and Friends (£30.00) remain the same.

Sunderland University

The orchestra collaborated with the Media Productions Department

of Sunderland University in April regarding the production of a documentary.

Filming took place in West Park Church and involved members of

the  violin and percussion sections of the orchestra.

Committee meetings


Committee meetings are scheduled for

Thursday 14th June 2012 and Tuesday 11th September 2012

7.30pm at West Park.

If there are any matters which you would like the committee to discuss,

please let the chairman know in advance, so that they may be placed on the agenda.

Future Events for your Diary


All in West Park Church, Stockton Road, Sunderland

METRO: Park Lane


Saturday 30th June 7.30pm

Music from Stage & Screen

Details of the music to be played are listed on the web site.


Please note that this is Armed Forces Day, and the Lord Lieutenant of the County has organized a

Tattoo in the City as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations,

to be held at the same time as our concert.

(On the north side of the river, at the St. Peter’s Campus of the University – outdoors).


Our concert will go ahead as planned, owing to the arrangements

which have now been in place for several months, and the difficulties involved

 in changing them.


Saturday 27th October 7.30pm

Queen’s Jubilee Promenade Concert

 Including Symphony no.5 by Felix Mendelssohn


Saturday 15th December 3.00pm

Christmas Concert


Tickets £8.00.

(Under 16 years and full time education [show valid NUS card] £5.00)

At the door.

Provisional concert dates for 2013


16th March,  22nd June,  26th October,  14th December



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