Welcome to the Somerset County Orchestra. We are a group of amateur musicians brought together by a love of playing and a passion for making classical music available to everyone.
Johann Nepomuk Hummel wrote his Concerto a Trombe Principale (Trumpet Concerto in E Major) for Viennese trumpet virtuoso and inventor of the keyed trumpet, Anton Weidinger (as had Joseph Haydn). It was written in December 1803 and performed on New Year’s Day 1804 to mark Hummel’s entrance into the court orchestra of Nikolaus II, Prince Esterházy as Haydn’s successor. There are places, primarily in the second movement, where Weidinger is believed to have changed the music because of the execution of the instrument. It is unknown whether this was in agreement with Hummel.
Originally this piece was written in E major. The piece is often performed in E-flat major, which makes the fingering less difficult on modern E-flat and B-flat trumpets.
Saturday 21st October – Queen’s College, Taunton – 7.30
Beethoven – Coriolan Overture
Hummel – – Trumpet Concerto in Eb major
Shostakovich – Symphony No 5
Conductor – David Hedges
Soloist – Stuart Paul
We give three to four concerts a year in and around Taunton so we’d love you to support us and come and listen to us play. The details of our next concert are above and details of our future concerts can be found under the “What’s On” tab.