Concert History: September 2019 – present

  • 2nd March 2024 at 7:30pm
    • Grétry: Overture Lucile
    • Weber: Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in Eb Soloist: Méline Le Calvet
    • Mozart: from “Six German Dances”
    • Michael Haydn: Sinfonia in F
    • Searle: A Day in the Fens
    • Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 45, “Farewell”
  • Leader: Helen Whatmore-Thompson
  • Conductor: Reginald Searle
  • Venue: St. Mary’s Church, Eaton Socon

Our Soloist

Méline Le Calvez (Clarinet), a French clarinetist, graduated from the Royal College of Music in July 2023. Enthusiastic and curious clarinet and bass clarinet player, she also plays historical clarinets. Méline has a great passion for playing both chamber and orchestra music. She enjoys playing as a freelance musician with many orchestras: the Royal Opera House, Bournemouth Symphony, BBC Symphony, English National Opera, London Symphony, Ulster or Luxembourg Philharmonic. Former London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Foyle Future Firsts 2022/23, she is very happy to be part of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Emerging Musicians Fellowship 2023/24. Together with the Theatre Company Les Engivaneuses, she works on combining music, dance and theatre. Recent first Prize winner of the RCM Concerto Competition, she performed Strauss Duett-Concertino together with Francis Bushell, RCM Symphony Orchestra and Sir Antonio Pappano in January 2024.


Saturday 23rd December at 6pm with St Neots Choral Society


  • 4th NOVEMBER 2023
    • ROSSINI: Overture “Tancredi”
    • SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 5
    • FAURE: Pavane
    • SEARLE: Fitzwilliam Suite
    • MOZART: A “Diversion”
    • HANDEL: Water Music
  • Leader: Helen Whatmore-Thompson
  • Conductor: Reginald Searle
  • Venue: St. Mary’s Church, Eaton Socon

  • 1st JULY 2023 (with St Neots Choral Society)
    • MENDLESSOHN: Overture, “Die Heimkehr aus der Fremde”
    • HANDEL: Let thy hand be strengthened
    • 16th Century Motets
      • VICTORIA: O vos omnes
      • ANERIO: Christus factus est
      • de LASSUS: Adoramus te, Christ
      • PALESTRINA: Sicut cervus
      • HASSLER: Dixit Maria
    • SULLIVAN: Madrigals from the “Savoy Operas”
      • Yeomen of the Guard: Strange adventure
      • Ruddigore: In the springtime
      • Patience: I hear the soft note
      • The Mikado: Brightly dawns our wedding day
    • MOZART: Regina Coeli, K108
    • ELGAR: Chanson de Matin
    • DURANTE: Magnificat
    • WALDTEUFEL: Waltzes
    • English Madrigals:
      • MORLEY: Dainty fine, sweet nymph
      • MORLEY: April is in my mistress’ face
      • FARNABY: Pearce did dance
      • CAMPIAN: Never weather-beaten sail
      • MORLEY: My bonnie lass
    • TRADITIONAL (arr. SEARLE): The Nightingale Song
    • BERIN: Easter Parade
  • Leader: Helen Whatmore-Thompson
  • Conductor: Reginald Searle
  • Venue: St. Mary’s Church, Eaton Socon

  • 11th MARCH 2023
    • ARNE: Overture “The Judgement of Paris”
    • DELIUS: Summer Night on the River
    • FAURÉ: Suite, “Pelleas et Mélisande”, op. 80
    • PURCELL/HOLST: Suite “The Virtuous Wife”
    • BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 4 in Bb Major, op. 60
  • Leader: Helen Whatmore-Thompson
  • Conductor: Reginald Searle
  • Venue: St. Mary’s Church, Eaton Socon

  • 11th NOVEMBER 2022
    • Vaughan Williams 150th anniversary Concert
      • VAUGHAN WILLIAMS:
        • The Wasps Overture
        • 5 Descants on “Dives & Lazarus”
        • Romanza, (5th Symphony)                 
        • The Lark Ascending
          • Soloist: Jan Kaznowski
        • Folk Song Suite
      • HAYDN:                                
        • Symphony No. 104
    • Leader: Helen Whatmore-Thompson
    • Conductor: Reginald Searle
    • Venue: St. Mary’s Church, Eaton Socon

  • 2nd JULY 2022 (with St Neots Choral Society)
    • Last Night of the Proms Concert
      • WALTON: Crown Imperial
      • HANDEL: Messiah Choruses
      • WAGNER: Pilgrims’ Chorus
      • VERDI: Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves
      • FAURÉ: Pavane, Choral Version
      • DVORAK: Romance, op. 11
        • Soloist: Naomi Laredo
      • VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: 3 Elizabethan part songs
      • VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Linden Lea
        • Soloist: Jean Searle
      • J. STRAUSS I: Radetzky March
        • Leader : Karen Hubbard
      • BRAHMS: Song of Destiny
      • WOOD: Fantasia on British Sea Songs
        • Soloist: Jean Searle
      • ELGAR: Pomp and Circumstance, No. 1
      • PARRY: Jerusalem
    • Leader: Naomi Laredo
    • Conductor: Reginald Searle
    • Venue: St. Mary’s Church, Eaton Socon

  • 5th  MARCH 2022
    • ROSSINI: Overture, “Italian Girl in Algiers”
    • BOCCHERINI: Sinfonia in C Major, op. 7, G 491
    • BEETHOVEN: 3 Minuets (the other three!)
    • MOZART: Oboe Concerto in C Major, K314
      • Soloist: David Hadley
    • HAYDN: Symphony No. 101 in D Major, the “Clock”
  • Leader: Naomi Laredo
  • Conductor: Reginald Searle
  • Venue: St. Mary’s Church, Eaton Socon

  • 6th NOVEMBER 2021
    • Belated BEETHOVEN 250th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT
      • BEETHOVEN:
        • Overture “Coriolan”
        • Romance in G for Violin
        • 3 Minuets
        • Romance in F for Violin
          • Soloist: Viviane Plethotkine
        • Symphony No. 1
    • Leader: Naomi Laredo
    • Conductor: Reginald Searle
    • Venue: St. Mary’s Church, Eaton Socon

Concerts cancelled due to COVID 19:
June 2020, November 2020, Christmas 2020, April 2021, June 2021


  • 7th  MARCH 2020
    • WEBER: Overture, “Der Freischütz”
    • DELIBES: Dances from “Coppelia”
    • MAY: Toye – World premier
      • Composer, Gregory May, was a student member of the orchestra at the time of writing the work.
    • MENDELSSOHN: from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
      • Fairies: Jean Searle, Fiona Parlett, Susan Harvey, Janet Endersby, Jacqueline Gray, Anne Chandler
    • SCHUMANN: Symphony No 1
  • Leader: Naomi Laredo
  • Conductor: Reginald Searle
  • Venue: St. Mary’s Church, Eaton Socon

  • 9th NOVEMBER 2019
    • 30th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT
      • SULLIVAN: Overture, “di Ballo”
      • SEARLE: A Day in the Fens – A World premier composed by our Musical director
      • SIBELIUS: Finlandia
      • MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto in E Minor
        • Soloist: Jan Kaznowski
      • DVORAK: Symphony No 9 in E Minor
    • Leader: Naomi Laredo
    • Conductor: Reginald Searle
    • Venue: St. Mary’s Church, Eaton Socon