Westbourne Orchestral Society

A high quality amateur orchestra based in Bournemouth

Next concert!

Our next concert is at 1930 on Sat 5 Dec 2015 at St Ambrose, Bournemouth, tickets £10 on the door (accompanied children free). Please join us there!
Stop Press! Audience and orchestra alike seemed to greatly enjoy our two concerts last term (including the William Tell Overture and Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony). Our next concert is on Saturday 5 December at St Ambrose, when our programme includes Schubert's Unfinished Symphony and Bruckner's 4th Symphony. Please join us there, in what will be our second joint concert with New Forest Orchestra (after the success of 2014's joint concert performing Rachmaninov's 2nd Symphony)! We are also running our 21+ Concerto Competition - closing date for entries is Friday 18 Dec 2015 (application form available here) with auditions being held in Bournemouth on 16 Jan 2016.




The Westbourne Orchestral Society, average strength 50 instrumentalists, was formed in 1930 and has given regular concerts ever since, even during world war 2, when it gave 248 concerts for troops stationed in Bournemouth!  

Sir Dan Godfrey, then conductor of the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra (now the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra) who lived in Westbourne, was the first President of the Society.  

The orchestra continues to flourish and performs all kinds of music from classical to selections from musical shows. It gives six concerts annually, many in aid of charities and good causes. The orchestra rehearses at St. Ambrose Church, West Cliff Road, Westbourne, on Friday evenings from 7.30 to 9.30 pm.   

The objectives/aims of the Westbourne Orchestral Society are to:

  1. promote and help popularise classical music by the presentation of concerts, normally six per year, and thereby providing education in the art and science of music,
  2. provide a means by which musicians of various grades of competence can share the joy of making music together, 
  3. form its playing members into a symphony orchestra to encourage musical talent and appreciation and 
  4. raise funds for various charities.