Our summer concert was on Saturday 1st July at 7:30pm, at St Lukes Church, Lodge Moor, Sheffield

‘Back in the USSR’ – a concert of music from Russia and the Soviet Union. The concert also celebrated the Endcliffe Orchestra’s 40th year.

  •  Borodin – In The Steppes of Central Asia
  •  Ewald – movements from Symphony for Brass (2 & 3)
  •  Arutunian – Trumpet Concerto
  •  Tchaikovsky – 5th Symphony

Renowned professional trumpet player Anthony Thompson was the soloist in Arutunian’s brilliant concerto. Anthony’s playing displayed an impressive rich tone and the trickier passages were performed flawlessly. He built up a great rapport with the audience and capped off his performance with a short virtuoso solo number. The orchestra greatly warmed to Anthony’s musicianship and personality and we are delighted that he performed a concerto with us.

The second half featured Tchaikovsky’s legendary fifth symphony. The orchestra performed this epic piece with gusto and carried off the symphony to great effect, made all the more powerful in the intimate setting of St Lukes Church. The audience of approximately 200 responded very positively to the performance. Orchestra members found it very rewarding and satisfying to have been a part of. Tchaikovsky’s fifth is exhausting to play due to its sheer energy and intensity – but very enjoyable as well!

It was a hugely memorable concert and illustrated the improved standard of playing that the orchestra has achieved over the last several years.

A collection for Parkinson’s UK raised £295.

Thanks to John Goepel for taking over as concert manager, and everyone else who did their bit to help run the event. Thanks also to the front-of-house volunteers – Steve, Jake, Fiona & Charlotte – for welcoming everyone and manning the merchandise stall. Our 40th anniversary commemorative mugs were a big hit, and Anthony sold (and autographed) a number of his own CDs.

Pictures to follow in due course.