“Down with programme notes! The audience should be left to its own thoughts and should not be forced to read.”
    - Gustav Mahler

This page is only for those who do not share Mahler's puritanical view! It contains the notes that were written for concerts given by the Portobello Orchestra from 2005 onwards. Please feel free to use them in whole or part for any occasion. If you wish to use them verbatim please cite us as the original source.


Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006) Serenade for small Orchestra Op. 26
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) The Wise Virgins (Orchestrated by William Walton)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Concerto for Piano Violin and Cello Op. 56
Romance in F for Violin and Orchestra Op. 50
Overture: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43
Overture to Goethe's Tragedy Egmont. Op. 84
Piano Concerto No 1 in C Major, Op. 15
Symphony No 1 in C Major Op. 21
Symphony No 2 in D Major Op. 36
Symphony No 3 in Eb Major Op. 55 (Eroica)
Symphony No 5 in C Minor Op. 67
Symphony No 6 in F Major Op. 68 (Pastoral)
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61
Georges Bizet (1838-1875) Carmen Suite
Alexander Borodin (1833-1887) Nocturne (orchestrated by N Rimsky-Korsakoff)
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn Op56a
Max Bruch (1838-1920) Violin Concerto in G minor Op. 26
Aaron Copland (1900-1990) AppalachianSpring (Orchestral Suite)
Quiet City
Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) Concerto Grosso in G minor Op. 6 No8, The Christmas Concerto
Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) Romance in F minor for Violin and Orchestra Op. 11
Symphony No 8 in G Major Op. 88
Symphony No 9 in E Minor Op. 95
Jean Francaix (1912-1997) Sept Dances de Les malheurs de Sophie (1895)
Alexandre Guilmaunt (1837-1911) Final alla Schumann
Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 - 1759) Arias for Counter tenor
The Water Music
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) Cello Concerto No 2 in D Major
Symphony No 99 in E flat Major
Symphony No 101 in D Major "The Clock"
Michael Haydn (1737-1805) Turkish March
Mihkel Kerem Sinfonietta Portobellica
Matthew King (b1967) Portobellissima!
Franz Krommer (1759-1831) Oboe Concerto in F major Op. 52
Anna MacDonald Five Songs
Edward MacDowell (1860-1908) To a Wild Rose
Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) Symphonic Movement “Blumine”
Symphony No 1 in D Major (1893)
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1848) Symphony No 1 in C Minor
The Hebrides Overture, Op 26
Piano Concerto No 2 in D minor Op. 40
Violin Concerto in E minor Op.64
Overture to Athalia Op. 74
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Violin Concerto No. 2 D Major, K. 211
Concerto for flute and orchestra in G major K313
Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-flat Major, K. 417
Don Giovanni Overture
Symphony No 35 in D major, the Haffner K.385
Symphony No 40 in G minor, K. 550
Modest Mussorgsky (1830-1881) Dawn on the Moscow River
Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) Prelude to the Little Suite for Strings Op. 1
Hubert Parry (1848-1918) An English Suite
Symphony No3 in C Major: The English
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) Peter and the Wolf (1936)
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) Vocalise Op. 34 No 14
Joachim Raff (1822-1882) Sinfonietta for 10 wind instruments op.188
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) Ballet Suite (Arranged by Felix Mottl)
Max Reger (1873-1916) Variations and Fugue for Orchestra on a theme by Mozart op 132
Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901) Organ Concerto in F major Op 137
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) Sinfonietta on Russian Themes, Op. 31 (1884)
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) Symphony No 2 in A minor Op. 55
Havanaise Op. 83
Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Symphony No. 4 in C minor (Tragic)
Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Piano Concerto in A minor (1845)
Symphony No. 3 in Eb Major - The Rhenish (1851)
Symphony No. 4 in D Minor (revised version) (1851)
Dimitri Shostakovich (1797-1828) Waltz No 2 from the Second Jazz Suite
Richard Strauss (1864-1949) Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments Op. 7
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) Slavonic March in B flat minor, Op. 31 (1876) (Marche Slave)
Souvenir d'un Lieu Cher Op. 42 (1878)
Suite No.1 Op. 43 (1878-9)
Symphony No 5 in E minor Op 64 (1888)
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) The Lark Ascending (1921)
Prelude on an Old Carol (1952)
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Concerto in C Major for 2 Trumpets, Strings and Continuo. RV537.
Peter Warlock (1894-1930) Capriol Suite