Royal Victoria Chapel welcomes Wessex Sinfonietta for classical concert series

Wessex Sinfonietta will stage an exciting new programme of concerts at Royal Victoria Chapel following its appointment as resident orchestra at the historic site in Netley

Jun 30 2022

Councillor Russell Oppenheimer, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Recreation, Heritage and Rural Affairs, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Wessex Sinfonietta to Royal Victoria Chapel to perform an exciting new series of concerts. The beautifully renovated Chapel at Royal Victoria Country Park provides a stunning backdrop to enjoy chamber music of such high quality. Hosting the Sinfonietta also keeps up a long tradition of entertainment at the historic site dating back more than 150 years, when visiting musicians and actors performed to patients and staff in the hospital theatre. There is a wide programme of events on offer at the Country Park across 2022, including exhibitions, outdoor theatre and family-friendly attractions which is all part of our plan to boost visitor numbers.”
 
Christopher Mahy, Wessex Sinfonietta Chairman, said: “Our residency at the iconic Royal Victoria Chapel marks a new chapter in the orchestra’s history and enables us to plan an exciting programme of concerts into the future.”
 
The first one-hour concert will consist of Mendelssohn’s Overture ‘The Hebrides’ (Symphony No.4 ‘Italian’) and Elgar’s Chanson de Matin / Chanson de Nuit on Sunday 3 July at 6pm under respected guest conductor  Jonathan Lo, who is Music Director of Northern Ballet; Staff Conductor for the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; and Principal Conductor of the New Bristol Sinfonia. Tickets are £15 for adults and £1 for under 18s. Tickets can be booked via the Royal Victoria Country Park website. Future concerts are planned for November 2022 and March, July and November 2023.
 
Founded in 2014, Wessex Sinfonietta has established itself as one of Hampshire’s leading chamber orchestras. Professionals and talented amateurs combine to perform to a high standard, playing an eclectic mix of well-known and less familiar pieces, presenting audiences with programmes chosen from a wide chamber orchestra repertoire.