A Frozen Afternoon - March 2018


                     

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      HILLINGDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Hillingdon Philharmonic Orchestra was formed in 1985 as a local amateur orchestra. Its membership consists of local musicians over the age of 18 who want to continue to develop their orchestral playing. There are now over eighty registered members. The orchestra does not hold weekly rehearsals but meets for four rehearsals before each concert. Three concerts are given during the season in different venues within the Borough of Hillingdon.

A wide and varied repertoire of works has been performed over the last thirty-two years. Performances of choral works have been given in conjunction with the Hillingdon Choral Society, in particular "The Creation" by Haydn on the first day of the new millennium and Elgar's "The Music Makers" at a concert at The Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank in July 2001 to mark the Choral Society's 21st Anniversary. 

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hillingdon Choral Society (HCS) and the 21st anniversary of Hillingdon Philharmonic Orchestra, an extremely successful joint concert took place on Friday 7th July 2006 in Southwark Cathedral. Our thanks to all our regular audience members who made the trip "into town" for this event and also to any newcomers.

July 2009 saw another successful (if rather wet) outdoor concert of film music with fireworks at Swakeleys House Grounds in Ickenham. 

In October 2009 many orchestral members played for the Free Church Choir Union Festival of Praise which took place in Coventry Cathedral with 400+ voices accompanied by organ and orchestra, conducted by Peter Williams. This was followed by a Christmas Concert with Hillingdon Choral Society which was also a farewell concert for Hilary Holloway, HPO leader for nine years. 

In the summer of 2011 the orchestra  took part in a very successful Triple Anniversary Concert with HCS at Cadogan Hall in London, celebrating the Conductor, Peter Williams' 60th birthday, 30 years of HCS and 25 years of HPO.

In September 2011 a concert of violin music was held in memory of former orchestra member Marie-Jo Brown. The spring concert in 2012 was French and Russian music featuring Poulenc's Organ Concerto. This was followed in May by a very successful Diamond Jubilee Concert of British music.

The 2012-2013 season ended with a joint concert with Hillingdon Choral Society of Karl Jenkins ‘The Armed Man’, Elgar’s Cello Concerto and a Festival Overture written by the local composer and musician, the late Eric Hughes.

We started the 2013-2014 season with an evening of Beethoven. The spring concert gave the audience a chance to sponsor one of the orchestra members playing a movement from a concerto or well-known work.

The summer concert on 21st June 2014 was in a new venue for us, The Great Barn in Ruislip, and featured a lighter programme of popular classics including Meditation from Thais (Massenet), Vocalise (Rachmaninov), Chanson de Matin & Chanson de Nuit (Elgar), By The Sleepy Lagoon (Coates) an Abba Medley, incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream and a rousing rendition of the score from the 2003 film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

The 29th season started with an Evening of Russian Music and continued in March with An Evening with Mozart and Mendelssohn. The season finished with a Gala Concert in July 2015 at Brunel University to celebrate 50 years of the London Borough of Hillingdon. The event included a performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony with members of choirs from around the Borough and "The Hillingdon 50 Experience" which brought to life the history of the Borough, performed by local players/dancers/actors.

The 30th season featured a joint concert with Hillingdon Choral Society, A Celebration of Christmas, in December 2015. This was followed by a Family Concert at Winston Churchill Hall and a Concert to celebrate 30 years of HPO at All Saints Church, Ickenham.

October 2016 started with an Evening with the German Masters and continued with a programme of Movie Classics at Winston Churchill Hall in March. This was followed by Strings in Concert in May and another joint concert with Hillingdon Choral Society in July featuring music from opera and ballet from around the world. 

The 32nd season started with an Autumn Evening of English Music at Bishopshalt School. In February 2018 we returned to Winston Churchill Hall for "A Frozen Afternoon" of wintry music presented by Zena Wigram with plenty of audience participation and which was greatly enjoyed by adults and children alike.  The season finished with a concert of well-loved moments in orchestral sound which were sponsored by our audience and took place at a new venue for us, St Mary's Church in South Ruislip. 

Plans for our next season include a Christmas concert on 15th December, a programme of music from the shows on 16th March 2019 at Winston Churchill Hall and a summer concert featuring a symphony, due to take place on 22nd June.

Every year we hold a Repertoire Day when any player is invited to join us playing works we might otherwise never perform, either because they're too difficult or even too easy, or to see whether they could be included in a future programme. The date for 2019 is Sunday 3rd February.

Further details of membership are available from the Secretary on 01628 778044 or via e-mail - HPOhonsec@aol.com


The Orchestra is affiliated to Making Music, the National Federation of Music Societies.