About Us

All about the Westbourne Orchestral Society

Westbourne's Orchestra Since 1930

We are a charity orchestra in Bournemouth with an average strength of around 50-60 instrumentalists. We were first formed in 1930 and have given regular concerts ever since, even during World War 2, when we performed 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. We performed around six concerts annually, many in aid of charities and good causes. We rehearse at St. Ambrose Church, 72 West Cliff Road, Westbourne, on Friday evenings from 7.30 to 9.30 pm.
The objectives/aims of the Westbourne Orchestral Society are to:

  • 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

  • provide a means by which musicians of various grades of competence can share the joy of making music together

  • form its playing members into a symphony orchestra to encourage musical talent and appreciation

  •  and raise funds for various charities