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.


Shostakovitch’s fifth symphony is steeped in an atmosphere of mourning reportedly causing people to weep during its first performance. Described as “deep, meaningful, gripping music” it became an unprecendented triumph. Well known for his musical motifs Shostakovitch is said to have incorporated a motif from Carmen as a reference to a woman he was infatuated with who spurned him and moved to Spain with a man called Roman Carmen.

Ultimately Shostakovitch appears to have pleased the party and its officials with this symphony even though his audience heard it as an expression of the suffering they had been subjected to under Stalin.



Next Concert

Saturday  21st October – Queen’s College, Taunton – 7.30

Beethoven Coriolan Overture

Hummel – Trumpet Concerto in Eb major

Shostakovich – Symphony No 5


ConductorDavid Hedges

SoloistStuart Paul


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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.