Didcot resounded to the sweet sounds of its very own symphony last month as its first orchestra made its debut.
Didcot Concert Orchestra’s inaugural performance opened with A Fanfare for Didcot – specially composed for the orchestra – at the Cornerstone Arts Centre on February 11.
Husband and wife Geoff and Jackie Bushell co-founded the orchestra together after performing in various Oxford orchestras for more than 45 years.
The audience were treated to rarely performed renditions of classical compositions by Brahms and Ponchielli.
Jackie, who plays oboe and cor anglais in the orchestra, said: “We are delighted to have fulfilled our ambition to set up a high quality orchestra in our home town, and to have been able to attract such a good audience at our very first concert.”
César Franck’s contemplative symphonic poem Psyché closed the show.
Geoff said: “The feedback we received from both audience and players after the concert certainly showed that this unjustly neglected gem was much enjoyed.
“In the world of classical music, there are many pieces which have been neglected with the passage of time.
“I want to champion these pieces, to give audiences a chance to hear them possibly for the first time.”
Oxford soloist Jacqueline Johnson will join the orchestra for the next performance at the Cornerstone on October 14.