The Abbey Gateway Orchestra regularly programmes challenging yet realistic and accessible repertoire, balancing unusual and neglected musical literature alongside some mainstream pieces. We often study key pieces in-depth with soloists, and have given first performances of works by amateur local composers.
A list of the pieces we have previously performed is below.
- Crusell: Clarinet Concerto No.3 (Soloist Andrew Smith)
- Beethoven: King Stephen Overture
- Vaughan Williams: March – Seventeen Come Sunday
- Beach: Romance – The Quest
- Elgar: Romance for Bassoon and Orchestra (Soloist John Glanville)
- Vaughan Williams: March – Folk Songs from Somerset
- Gargrave: March of the Legions
- Vaughan Williams: Old One Hundredth
- Clarke: Prince of Denmark’s March
- Nicholai: Merry Wives of Windsor – Overture
- Carol: My Dancing Day
- Joubert: There is no rose
- Bruckner: Locus Iste
- Weber: Clarinet Concertino (Soloist Andrew Smith)
- Vaughan Williams: Linden Lea – A Dorset Song
- Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens
- Humperdinck: Evening Prayer
- Vaughan Williams: Old One Hundredth Psalm Tune
- Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
- Beethoven: Romance in F for Violin (Soloist Jacky Wong)
- Weber: Concerto for Bassoon (Soloist Roger Harrison)
- Sullivan: Pirates of Penzance Overture
- Bellini: Oboe Concerto (Soloist Deborah Willson)
- Luigini: Ballet Egyptien Suite No 1
- Gluck: Iphigienie in Aulis – Overture
- Grieg: Piano concerto in A minor op 16 (Soloist Simon Gargrave)
- Beach: Prelude (A Suite of Miniatures)
- Holst: Intermezzo (Suite in E flat)
- Gargrave: Waltz No 2
- Brahms: How Lovely are thy Dwellings Lord (A German Requiem)
- Faure: Cantique de Jean Racine
- Mendelssohn: I waited for the Lord (Soloists Katie Metcalfe, Elisabet Eldred)
- Mendelssohn: Hear my Prayer (Soloist Shauna Masterson)
2014’s season included a concert at St Stephen’s Church, St Albans, with soloist Don Gibbons playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto Number 4.
Also in 2014 we made a recording of Simon Gargrave’s Jubilee Waltz, held at Marlborough Road Methodist Church, St Albans. Simon is a composer as well as a member of the orchestra, playing percussion and piano.
In December 2013, we performed at St Pancras Station, London, as part of their community music programme, raising money for the Phillipines appeal.