Repertoire

Repertoire is probably the most important aspect in making the orchestra enjoyable and pleasurable both for members in rehearsal and for audiences at concerts. We play everything from Mozart to Moon River, and our repertoire is a mix of light, popular classical music, film themes and medleys, and the occasional pop number chosen by the members in conjunction with our Musical Director.

A SAMPLE OF OUR REPERTOIRE

Classical

Film

Popular Music

Special Commission

Edward Elgar
Enigma Variations, Nimrod

Edward Elgar

Richard Rodgers
"The Sound of Music" Medley

Richard Rodgers

Barry Gibb
"Grease" Medley

Barry Gibb

ABBA
"Mamma Mia" Medley

ABBA

Nick Drewe
Something's Stirring on Godstone Green

Nick Drewe

Henry Mancini
Moon River

Henry Mancini

George Frideric Handel
Four Handel Highlights

George Frideric Handel

John Philip Sousa
The Liberty Bell

John Philip Sousa

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart's Symphony #36, First Movement

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Elmer Bernstein
Theme from "The Great Escape"

Elmer Bernstein

Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody

Queen

Lady Gaga
Born This Way

Lady Gaga

George Butterworth
The Banks of Green Willow

George Butterworth

Gioachino Rossini
The Barber of Seville

Gioachino Rossini

Johann Strauss II
The Blue Danube

Johann Strauss II

Bryan Adams
"Everything I Do I Do It for You"

Bryan Adams

Johann Sebastian Bach
Sleepers Wake

Johann Sebastian Bach

Edvard Grieg
In the Hall of the Mountain King

Edvard Grieg

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Romeo and Juliet Overture

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Ludwig van Beethoven
Ode to Joy

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven
The Shepherd's Hymn

Ludwig van Beethoven

Klaus Badelt
"Pirates of the Caribbean" Medley

Klaus Badelt

Richard Cross
Beneath the Surface of Things

Richard Cross

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Nutcracker Suite

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Hector Berlioz
Symphonie Fantastique, March to the Scaffold

Hector Berlioz

Leroy Anderson
Sleigh Ride

Leroy Anderson

Eric Coates
The Dam Busters March

Eric Coates

Cole Porter
Cole Porter Classics

Cole Porter

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
"The Greatest Showman" Medley

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Michael Jackson
"Thriller"

Michael Jackson

ABOUT OUR COMMISSIONED PIECES

Beneath the Surface of Things

For our 4th Birthday Concert, Richard Cross, our Principal Guest Conductor, composed for the NDCO wind section a piece titled, "Beneath the Surface of Things."

Beneath The Surface Of Things

For the North Downs Community Orchestra

By Richard Cross

13th January 2020

Words and meaning are in the mind of the beholder; words and music are metaphor to another, truer part of ourselves.

There is always another layer, perhaps until either the infinite or elemental is reached: two contrasting natures, the polarised extremes of any conceivable spectrum. Is this really the endpoint?

Music explores, evolves, uncovers, reveals. Three short themes are embedded in the piece: the first, a curiously energetic "surface" to break the silence. It serves as a sprightly veneer for themes two (a descending, arcing melodic line wrapped in more traditional Romantic harmony) and three (a folksong-like melody first heard on alto saxophone.) These two themes are both carried by and drive the music as the narrative unfolds; in a brief development, they and their fragments, against the backdrop of a rising tide of intensity, draw the music to untold depths as a raw power seizes the soundscape from within.

Stillness, beauty and ethereal expectancy hang in the air in the music that follows... there is always another layer - Beneath The Surface Of Things.

To see other pieces that Richard has composed please visit  www.turnedonmusic.com.

Something's Stirring on Godstone Green

For our 1st Birthday Concert, Nick Drewe, professional composer and arranger, composed for the NDCO a piece titled, "Something's Stirring on Godstone Green."

Something's Stirring on Godstone Green

For the North Downs Community Orchestra

By Nick Drewe

March 2017

From an early age, I have always written music and usually it has been when it was needed for a specific occasion. Such occasions have included musicals for schools, family weddings and celebrations and many pieces for pupils and choirs in schools where I have been teaching.

 

When asked to compose a piece for the North Downs Community Orchestra 1st Anniversary concert, I first went along to meet the members at a rehearsal in the Scout Headquarters, Endeavour, on Godstone Green. Upon getting out of my car I was immediately greeted by some stirring music drifting across the the quintessentially English Green. It was Eric Coates Dam Busters March, and I guess that initial impression largely determined the formation of my ideas for the commission!

 

The piece starts off with dawn breaking over a misty Godstone Green and gradually builds to a fairly sharp, incisive rhythm played by the whole orchestra, a sort of alarm call, after which the very British sounding day unfolds. The main melody and a counter melody are shared around the orchestra, the different characteristics of the various instruments representing imaginary village characters and the hustle and bustle of everyday day life around the Green. After a dramatic pause towards the end of the piece, a more stately rendition of the main theme is followed with a brief and faster coda, based on the opening material, which brings the piece to a triumphant close.

If you are looking to join a fun, welcoming group of musicians, get in touch. We would love to meet you at our next rehearsal!