St Cecilia’s set to pep up New Year at Holy Trinity Church

Oboe soloist, Stephen Hudson.
Oboe soloist, Stephen Hudson.

Ripon’s St Cecilia Orchestra is getting ready to beat the winter blues and welcome in the New Year with their early new year concert on January 10 at Holy Trinity Church Ripon.

The programme is bursting with musical flavours and promises to brighten up a cold winter’s evening with music for everyone’s taste.

Sibelius’s Pelleas and Melisande Suite opens the concert, a piece part of which is instantly recognizable for its astronomical connections as the theme music for The Sky at Night.

Up next is Mozart’s sparkling oboe concerto with featured soloist, Stephen Hudson, now principal oboe of Royal Northern Sinfonia and former Vacation Chamber Orchestras & St Cecilia player, Stephen Hudson, from Thirsk.

Edward Elgar then brings a little romance to the evening putting the rich chocolate tones of the bassoon in the spotlight with his Romance for bassoon featuring the talented young bassoon soloist Richard Beards.

Rounding off the evening is Beethoven in a humorous mood with his witty and playful Symphony No 4.

More information about St Cecilia’s 2015 programme is available online at

A concert diary bookmark is also available free at local libraries and shops.