During the week, the NSGSO usually undertakes a symphony or extended orchestral work, most recently Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony in 2023, Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov in 2022, Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 in 2019 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D Minor in 2018. This is complemented by a selection of other works, including Strauss Waltzes, Holst’s Planet Suite, Tintagel by Arnold Bax, Elgar’s In the South and even the Star Wars suite. The NSGCB also joins with the NSGSO for a grand finale to their concerts, performing New York New York and The Magnificent Seven in 2023, Cornish Dances by Malcolm Arnold and The Big Country by Jerome Moross in 2022, Finlandia by Sibelius in 2019 and Peter Lawson’s Tunes from the Trenches in 2018, commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War.
In 2020 when the course was cancelled due to Covid19 the NSGSO and NSGCB members produced a lock-down video. In 2021, when the course was cancelled yet again, we were able to offer a one day playing event for some of our members.