CONCERT PLAYERS ORCHESTRA
The Concert Players Orchestra was formed for the 1983–1984 Season by Gerald Fagan to accompany the choir and soloists, thereby establishing Chorus London as a major symphonic choir in Southwestern Ontario. Drawn from the finest professional players from Southwestern Ontario, they bring an understanding of performance practices for choirs and solo singers – an expertise many symphonic ensembles don't have the opportunity to develop.
Many of the players have been with us for over ten years and eight were in our very first orchestra more than 45 years ago.
It has been a pleasure for our singers to be accompanied by these fine musicians for so many years and we look forward to future performances.
Do you play? Would you be interested in performing as part of the Concert Players Orchestra? Contact us, we’d love to add you our performing team.
Not just drums.
The most common percussion instruments in the orchestra include the timpani, xylophone, cymbals, triangle, snare drum, bass drum, tambourine, maracas, gongs, chimes, celesta, and piano.
The brass section of the orchestra is known for its brilliant and blazing sounds. The oldest brass instruments are the horn and the trumpet which were initially constructed out of animal horns. Before joining the orchestra, most brass instruments were used for military or ceremonial purposes.
What you didn’t know about woodwinds.
Not all woodwinds are made out of wood!
Up until 1770 the Oboe was called the Hoboy.
Clarinet player Adolphe Sax invented the saxophone in 1846.
The lowest notes in the symphony are played by the large contrabassoon.
The flute is the oldest instrument in the world to play notes.
It’s all about the bass
The strings are the largest family of instruments in the orchestra and they come in four sizes: the violin, which is the smallest, viola, cello, and the biggest, the double bass, sometimes called the contrabass. (Bass is pronounced "base," as in "baseball.")