We have also worked on Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, William Walton's Crown Imperial, the Annan Polka by Johann Strauss and Kurt Weill's Mack the Knife from the Threepenny Opera.
The aim is to play a wide range of music spanning different styles and centuries.
SARO applied to Making Music (the organisation which looks after amateur music groups) to be included in its annual Adopt-a-Composer Scheme. We were one of the six lucky groups, from amongst many applications, to be chosen to have a young composer work with them for a year.
Paul Fretwell was commissioned by Making Music to compose a piece for us for use in our school workshops; the piece, for orchestra, included opportunities for the children to join in as well. These projects are funded by the Performing Right Society.