Waveney Valley Orchestral Workshop
Friday 28 - Sunday 30 October 2016

Our next Workshop will take place from
Friday 28 - Sunday 30 October 2016. 

Venue: Archbishop Sancroft High School, Wilderness Lane, Harleston, Norfolk IP20 9DD


Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 8 in D Minor
Rossini: Semiramide Overture
Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel Dream Sequence

Plus a selection of items for orchestra sections


Violin 1: Ben Lowe
Violin 2 and String Ensemble: Alex Girdlestone
Viola: Rosemary Shaw
Cello: Jessica Berners
Double Bass: Steve Caulder

Flute: Geraldine Evans
Oboe: Anna Cooper
Anna Drake
Bassoon and Wind Ensemble: Barry Carben

French Horn: Lynne Roberts

Brass: Dave Scragg

Percussion: Colin Shaw


Friday, Saturday: 10am - 5pm

Sunday: 11am - 5pm, with a closing concert 6pm (details, above right)

Saturday October 30th 2021 @ 7pm

Christ Church Eaton NR2 2AQ

Choral and Orchestral


"A life with Music"

Celebrating the long life of Peter Cooper

 A much loved and respected musician teacher and administrator, Peters legacy is wide ranging. This is reflected in a program of exquisite choral music, songs from the stage plus rousing, sometimes humorous orchestral scores, including some of Peters' own compositions and arrangements ........

Music for 2 coronations:

BRITAIN Choral dances from Gloriana

WALTON March 'Crown Imperial'

WORLD WAR 2 classics:

COATES 'Dam Busters March'

COOPER (arr) 'Over Here'


STANFORD Justorum Animae

HOWELLS A hymn for St Cecilia

From the stage:

LOEWE My Fair lady Selection

FOR Margery and the PVO:

COPPER 'Diversion'

T Orchestra will be joined in performance by former colleagues, pupils, friends and family.

ADMISSION at the door;

Adults £ 10 Children free

All proceeds will go to charity.

This is the 15th in a series of highly successful biennial Workshops held in South Norfolk. 

The weekend starts at 10am on the Friday and concludes on the Sunday with a performance at 6pm of the works studied (entrance to this concert is free).

Under the expert guidance of Musical Director Ian Hytch and a team of professional musicians we will be studying the works listed above, plus some additional items for orchestral sections.

Typically around 60 participants take part, covering a broad range of age and musical experience in a happy blend of young and old, professional and amateur. 

The Workshop is open to all, but we recommend that participants are of Grade 6+ standard.


£72 for non-members of Pulham Orchestra

£60 for members of Pulham Orchestra

£36 for students aged 18 or under

What participants say about the Workshops:

“Somebody said it was “brilliant” – so I applied.  At last the first day arrived…….Then we were ready to begin and here was the conductor.  What would he be like?  Would he have a good down beat – yes he did and he was more than that – really encouraging and with advice that was really helpful.”

“Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and it made a good change from school work.”

We are very grateful to our Workshop Sponsors:

Please note rehearsals have resumed and wearing of facemasks is personal choice.

Rehearsals take place on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at Pulham Memorial Hall From 2-4pm. Pulham Market IP21 4SL

Registered Charity No: XT32726
Musical Director: Margery Baker

The WVOW is supported by the Pulham  Orchestra

FREE performance, open to the public, of the works studied
6pm on Sunday 30 October at
Archbishop Sancroft High School, Wilderness Lane, Harleston, IP20 9DD

Sale of 2nd-hand music on Saturday 29 October, 12.30-3pm


Vaughan Williams' 8th Symphony is light and lively. A lyrical Cantalina for strings only, and a short (and fun) Scherzo for wind only are complemented by two outer movements where the composer delights in sound. 

In one of these he uses all the 'phones and 'spiels known to him:

Tubular bells, 3 tuned gongs, celeste, xylophone, glockenspiel, vibraphone, 2 harps, timps, bass drum, side drum, triangle

This opens the Workshop to pianists and other good 'counters' as well. 

Humperdinck's Dream Sequence or 'Angels' Pantomime' from Act 2 of Hansel and Gretel also ask for a harp (keyboard possible), in its rather Wagnerian orchestra.

Semiramide Overture (from Rossini's opera about the Queen of Babylon) features a sonorous melody after a hymn-like introduction.