Previous Programs

What sort of music does the orchestra play?

The orchestra has a wide repertoire and performs music of many periods and styles. Being primarily a symphony orchestra, the
emphasis is on symphonic works, concertos, modern musicals,
works for concert band and string orchestra, and children's music.

Whitehorse Orchestra at Kingswood College
3rd June 2017

Whitehorse Orchestra at MLC with soloist
Matthew Rigby, 2nd Sep 2017

2019 - Our April concert was a popular Tchaikovsky program consisting of the 1812 Overture, the Swan Lake Suite, and the Violin Concerto played beautifully by Matthew Rigby. This concert at MLC was attended by a large audience.

This concert was repeated at Mooroolbark Community Centre in May and proved to be equally popular.

In June our children's concert at Kingswood College consisted of two parts to the program. The first was a series of items by Mozart including a piano concerto performed by John Keuneman, and some beautiful vocal numbers sung by Stephen Coutts and Samantha Robertson. The second was the performance of Babar the Little Elephant by Poulenc with the same vocal soloists.

In July we repeated the children's concert at the Burrinja Cultural Centre in Upwey.

In August we held a celebration of British music, including The Dam Buster March (Coates), Matinees Musicales (Britten), Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus (Vaughan Williams), Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Britten), Pomp and Circumstance (Elgar). Our soloist Stephen Coutts performed two songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals.

Our November concert was titled "Something Borodin, Something Blew" and consisted of two concertos: the Marcello concerto for oboe, performed on trombone by Ming Yeung Li, and the Piano Concerto in A minor by Schumann, performed by Josh Hooke; we also gave a first performance of a work by local composer Andrew Warmington titled First Water, and finished with the dramatic Symphony No. 2 by Alesandr Borodin.

2018 - Our March concert consisted solely of music by Jean Sibelius. This popular concert included the Karelia Suite, the Violin Concerto, Finlandia, The Swan of Tuonela (with our own soloist Felicity Pitcher), Valse Triste, Andante Festivo and the Finale of the Symphony no. 2.

Our violin soloist Matthew Rigby again proved to be an exciting musician in the haunting and difficult concerto.

In our June concert for children we enjoyed playing the Pied Piper of Hamelin, performed with the orchestra by Stephen Coutts and Samantha Robertson. We had large and appreciative audiences for both performances.

In August we held an exciting concert of music from America and France, with soloists Massimo Folliero and John Keuneman on two pianos, and Jenny Spicer as narrator, with the Carnival of the Animals by Camile Saint-Saens. Massimo then performed as soloist in the terrific Piano Concerto in F by George Gershwin. The program, which was enjoyed by a large audience at MLC, also included the Fanfare for the Common Man by Copland, First Essay for Orchestra by Samuel Barber, Tribute to John Williams, and the Hoe Down by Copland; we also had an encore from each pianist and a violin and piano rendition of Schindler's List by Philip Carrington and Nick Wells. It was altogether a most successful concert.

In November we had two soloists, Rosemary Cocklin and John Grayling. Rosie performed four beautiful songs from L'Amico Fritz (Mascagni), Manon (Massenet), The Magic Flute (Mozart) and The Enchantress (Victor Herbert). The orchestra presented the Academic Festival Overture (Brahms) and A Somerset Rhapsody (Holst). John's performance of the Brahms Piano Concert Nr. 1 brought the audience to their feet. It provided a very exciting end to our musical year.

2017 - In our April concert at MLC we enjoyed two wonderful soloists, Stephen Coutts and Samantha Robertson, as they sang their way through a variety of great songs from various shows. In addition the orchestra performed three huge pieces: The Great Gate of Kiev by Mussorgsky, Die Moldau by Smetana and Bolero by Ravel, and Philip Carrington performed the lovely violin solo from Ladies in Lavender.

Our children's concert in June was Dragons and Magic, with a variety of music from the movies including The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Dukas.

In September we held an all-Beethoven concert, with superb soloist Matthew Rigby performing the violin concerto. The program commenced with the Egmont Overture and was completed by the popular 5th Symphony.

Our final concert in November included the Dvorak Slavonic Dances and the Borodin Polovtsian Dances. Our soloist, Jason Xanthoudakis, gave an exciting performance of the Weber Clarinet Concerto No.1. Our encore was Sleigh Ride by Delius.

2016 - In our April concert at MLC we repeated a program that we performed in the Box Hill Town Hall two weeks previously. This program consisted entirely of music from movies and stage shows. Some of the works were the Dam Busters March, excerpts from Mame, The King and I, Phantom of the Opera, and other shows. Stephen Coutts sang beautifully in Stars (from Les Mis) and Some Enchanted Evening (from South Pacific). Nicole Gee played wonderfully in the oboe solo Gabriel's Oboe, by Morricone.

Our children's concert was Alice in Wonderland, performed twice at Kingswood College. It was well received by the enthusiastic children and delivered by Stephen Coutts and Felicity Pitcher, with beautiful slides by Eun-ju Lee. We repeated the concerts at Mooroolbark Community Centre to good audiences.

In our September concert we were fortunate to have Ji Won Kim as soloist in the Mozart Concerto no 4 for violin, K218, and with 3 wonderful students in the Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins RV580. In addition the orchestra played the Copland Fanfare for the Common Man, Tchaikovsky's Capriccio Italien, and Bizet's Carmen Selection.

Our November concert included two concerti, these being the Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin, and the Concerto for Trumpet in D Major by Telemann. The soloists in these two works were Massimo Folliero, again visiting us from Italy, and Dennis Stevenson. It was a great pleasure to work with these two soloists. At the beginning of the program was the Overture to Candide by Bernstein, and at the end, Symphony No 1 in D Major by Mahler, movements 1, 3 and Triumphal finale. Overall it was a very challenging and exciting concert.