Sunderland Symphony Orchestra

Founded October 1999         Charity registration no. 1082431

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

Musical Director - Ray Farr

NEWSLETTER – Winter 2011


The Committee and Musical Director wish to extend Seasonal Greetings to all

members and friends of the orchestra.

We have had a very successful musical year and appreciate

the hard work undertaken, and the support given, by so many people.

Thanks and appreciation


To Sunderland City Council, for generously donating funding to the orchestra through the Community Chest.

The money is for one year’s rent for our rehearsal premises, to purchase some new music stands and for

 folio bags for music storage.


To the Sir James Knott Trust for funding to purchase music.




Many thanks to

Calum Zuckert, Dylan Huw Thomas and Svein Oskar Smogeli

from Durham University who deputised for Ray Farr on separate occasions, when conducting engagements elsewhere meant that Ray could not be with us on  Wednesday evenings.


Last Night of the Proms Concert – October 2011


Excellent audience – More than 150 present.

The spirit of the occasion was well captured, with more than fifty Union Flags

being waved during the second half.

There was much enthusiastic singing from the audience with the traditional songs,

ably led by our guest soloist, Rachel Orr.

Christmas Concert – December 2011


Another very well attended concert.

Guest singers were the 40 strong Sunderland Monkwearmouth Songsters of the Salvation Army.

The singing was superb, and the concert finished with a wonderful climax – the Songsters and the orchestra performing together in ‘The Hallelujah Chorus.’

Committee meetings


Committee meetings are scheduled for

Thursday 9th February 2012 and Friday 27th April 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.

Patrons and Friends

The committee has further discussed the privilegesassociated with membership as Patron or Friend.


Friends will be offered one free ticket per concert.

Annual General Meeting 2012


Notice is hereby given that The Annual General Meeting of the Sunderland Symphony Orchestra

will be held on Wednesday 21st March 2012 at 7.00pm

 in West Park United Reformed Church, Stockton Road, Sunderland.


The Agenda for the meeting will be circulated in due course.


(For clarification – official positions on the committee may only be held  by

members of the orchestra, and only members may vote at the meeting).

Proposed constitutional amendments, in the name of the committee,

will be printed with the agenda.


The present members of the committee are all willing to stand for re-election.

Concert Programme 2012


Saturday 17th March 7.30pm

St. Patrick's Day Symphony Concert


The programme will include:

Four Irish Dances – Malcolm Arnold

 Riverdance – Bill Whelan


Saturday 30th June 7.30pm

Music from Stage & Screen


Saturday 27th October 7.30pm

Last Night of the Proms


Saturday 15th December 2.00pm

Christmas Concert


All in West Park Church, Stockton Road, Sunderland

METRO: Park Lane


Tickets £8.00.

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

At the door.




Editorial address: 64 Kirkstone Avenue, Fulwell, Sunderland. SR5 1NH.

Tel. 0191-549 1784.


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