THE newly-renamed and rebranded and Alderley Edge Symphony Orchestra gives its inaugural concert on Saturday, November 17.

In the concert, in the month of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, the orchestra will pay tribute to those lost in both world wars.

George Butterworth, killed in the battle of the Somme, set to music poems from A E Housman’s The Shropshire Lad. The music nostalgically invokes ‘the home thoughts of the exiled lad’.

Also in the concert is the music of Butterworth’s friend and contemporary Vaughan Williams. His song cycle, ‘Songs of Travel’, takes inspiration from a volume of poetry by Robert Louis Stevenson.

The orchestra will be joined by bass/baritone Peter Edge, who recently graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music and is studying for his masters degree at the Royal College of Music, London.

Peter regularly sings with the BBC with repertoire covering oratorio, opera and chamber music.

The programme begins with Beethoven’s Prometheus Overture and includes Beethoven Symphony No 7. This symphony was premiered with Beethoven conducting at a charity concert in aid of those killed and injured in battle.

Vienna-based conductor Orr Guy returns to Alderley Edge to conduct the concert.

He said: “Having conducted the final Alderley Edge Orchestra concert in May, I’m delighted to be invited back to conduct the inaugural concert of the Alderley Edge Symphony Orchestra concert in November. What finer symphony than Beethoven’s exciting Seventh – it will be a great evening.”

The concert takes place at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church in Alderley Edge. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £1 for under 18s.

Tickets will be available on the door or can be bought in advance through the website or on the ticket hotline 01625 581321.

For more information about the orchestra visit, and please make a note of future concerts, particularly the Christmas extravaganza on Sunday, December 16 at 3.30pm.

If you are a string player looking to join a friendly and ambitious orchestra get in touch via the website or by calling Roger Dowling on 01925 756390. You may be interested in the workshop day on Saturday, February 9.