Welcome to the Somerset County Orchestra. We are based in Taunton and are made up of both amateur and professional players. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings at Queen’s College and we give three or four concerts a year covering a wide ranging repertoire.




Next Concert

Saturday 10th November 2018 – St James Church, Taunton – 7.30pm


Bliss – Things to Come

Butterworth – A Shropshire Lad

Gurney arr Keedes – Severn Meadows (soloist Lorna Anderson)

Vaughan Williams – A London Symphony (no 2)

This is the fourth and final Centenary Commemoration concert given by SCO over the past four years to mark the events of one hundred years ago. SCO are delighted to welcome back Lorna Anderson to sing the haunting and moving song cycle Severn Meadows by Ivor Gurney. Five of the songs were written whilst on active service in Flanders. George Butterworth wrote A Shropshire Lad in the shadow of the Second Boer War and many hear in it a premonition of his death on the Somme. Things to Come by Arthur Bliss written in 1936, paints a dark and sinister picture of the future whilst Vaughan Williams’s A London Symphony, another work inspired by a novel by H.G Wells, captures the hustle and bustle of city life, as well as it’s grandeur.


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The Somerset County Orchestra is self funded. Further information about helping us financially by becoming a Patron, Friend or Corporate Sponsor can be found under the Support Us  tab.


If you are interested in joining the SCO as a player, please contact the Secretary using the Contact tab.