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.



imageBerlioz’s Harold in Italy written for solo viola and orchestra was commissioned by Paganini who had bought a new viola but had nothing to play. However,  Paganini refused to play the piece as he said there were too many rests!

Next Concert

Saturday  11th  March– St James’ Church, Taunton – 7.30
Howells Elegy for string orchestra
Vaughan WilliamsFantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Berlioz – Harold in Italy

ConductorDavid Hedges

SoloistBekki Chambers


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.