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The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra

The Orchestra

Following a long tradition of string playing within the British Army, The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra (CWSO) was formed on 1 April 2014. 

The CWSO’s main function is to provide musical support for indoor Ceremonies of The Royal Household, such Investitures, State Banquets and Diplomatic Receptions. The CWSO also supports military church services, military dinners and receptions, Defence Engagement, concerts and outreach projects. 

The CWSO is based at Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, London.

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RCAM 30 Legacy Recordings

Suite in F for Strings (Lady Radnor’s Suite) Prelude & Bourrée- Sir Charles Hubert H Parry

Sir Hubert Parry, a leading figure in the late 19th and early 20th Century, contributed significantly to British music with his choral masterpiece “Jerusalem” and as a music professor to many other famous British composers. His “Lady Radnor’s Suite” was commissioned specifically for Lady Radnor and her all-female string orchestra in 1894.

Sospiri: Adagio for Strings op.70 – Sir Edward Elgar OM, GCVO

Sir Edward Elgar, known for his Enigma Variations and Pomp and Circumstance Marches, captures the essence of traditional British music. His “Sospiri”, first performed in the wake of World War I, serves as a musical reflection on the profound impact of the conflict, reflecting the sombre essence of a post-war era.

Simple Symphony op.4 Mvt 4 – Benjamin Britten OM CH

Benjamin Britten is celebrated as one of the foremost British composers of the 20th Century. Known for his innovative compositions, from operas, orchestral and choral works, to his “Simple Symphony”, the last movement of which is featured here.  

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