Welcome to Oadby and Wigston Civic Orchestra

Oadby & Wigston Civic Orchestra (OWCO) consists of local musicians who play classical music concerts in south Leicester, in the Borough of Oadby and Wigston. Keith Smith is our conductor. You can find us on Facebook by searching for us by name, or go to this address:

www.facebook.com/OadbyWigstonOrchestra (please 'like' us).

OWCO's 2018-2019 concert schedule  

Here are the dates for our 2018-2019 concert season, our 53rd: 

  • 6th Oct 2018 at Wigston College - featuring  'Finlandia' and The Swan of Tuonela  by Sibelius, Arthur Sullivan's Irish symphony, Eight Russian Folk Songs by Liadov, and Flotow 's Martha Overture; 
  • 1st December 2018 at Cross Street Methodist Church, featuring Telemann's Concerto for Three Trumpets, Oboes and Strings, JS Bach's Suite no 3, Corelli's Concerto Grosso Op 6 No 3, Vivaldi's Concerto for three violins in F and CPE Bach's Cello Concerto in A major;
  • 12th January 2019 at Wigston College - New Year Concert - Viennese favourites by Johann Strauss, as well as operatic highlights. There will be waltzes, polkas and other special occasion pieces. Two young soloists from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Madeline Robinson, soprano, and Andrew Rawlings, tenor, will perform solos and duets, including songs by Johann Strauss II and Lehar, and arias by Mozart, Donizetti and Verdi; 
  • March 30th 2019 at St Thomas’s Church, South Wigston - Serenade for Strings by Tchaikovsky, Serenade for Strings by Elgar, and Eine Kleine Nacht Musik by Mozart; and 
  • 8th June 2019, also at St Thomas’s Church, South Wigston. 

Music details will appear here when available. 

Concert and ticket information

Tickets are usually available at the door, or you can reserve in advance by ringing 0116 288 9674. Typical price: £14; Concessions £10.50; Students £5; Children under 12: free. Or why not become a patron and get a season ticket covering all five concerts, at a considerable saving? See the section below.


Most of our concerts are held on Saturday evenings at Wigston College (formerly Guthlaxton College), Station Road, Wigston, Leicestershire, LE18 2DS or at St Thomas's Church,  St Thomas' Road, South Wigston, Leicestershire, LE18 4TA. For both use Arriva Buses 47/47A and 48/48A.

Please arrive by 7.15 pm for the 7.30 pm start.   


Become a patron

The Patronage scheme offers admission to the whole season of five concerts at a considerably reduced rate. Patron membership for 2018-19 is £45 per person, £40 for concessions or £15 for students for the season. Unless requested otherwise, patrons are listed in the programme etc. The scheme continues to give us working capital to administer our concerts, so if possible do join this year and make sure you put all the dates prominently in your diary!


The form for becoming a patron can be supplied on requestThe Patronage Scheme is administered by Mr David Hull.  We would be grateful if forms and subscriptions could be sent directly to him (he's on a.hull1 at ntlworld.com , or see details on the form).

We would be specially grateful if you could encourage your friends to attend and possibly to become patrons too. No doubt you are aware we need to continue to encourage larger audiences to make the concerts viable.

Raffle - and donating prizes!

We continue to hold a raffle at each event.  These bring in much needed funds which is greatly appreciated.  We offer special thanks to all those who have donated prizes in the past.  If you would like to donate a prize at any time during the coming season, please bring it along before the concert – we will always be extremely grateful.

Contact Oadby & Wigston Civic Orchestra 

Website and Facebook: 

Phone: +44 7939 082489 

E-mail: oadbywigstonorch@gmail.com 

Ticket reservations: 0116 288 9674.

Joining the orchestra 

If you'd like to join the orchestra as a musician, or help with our concerts, please get in touch with Andrea Harding-Smith or Keith Smith on email andrea.keith at gmail.com or phone 01295 670540. 

Kind regards,

     and   Andrea Smith

Oadby and Wigston Civic Orchestra Data Handling Policy


Patrons’, Supporters’ and Friends’ contact details will never be passed to a third party.  They will be used solely to send information about the Orchestra and its concerts and, in the case of Patrons, to issue Season Tickets and associated information.


E-mail contacts for Patrons, Supporters and Friends are kept on a password protected computer and will not be passed to any third party.  They are used only to provide advance notice about Orchestra concerts and activities.  In the event of an email being sent to several people, this will be Blind Copied so no one else is able to learn your e-mail address.


Players’ contact details are used to inform about forthcoming concerts and to invite people to play.  Very occasionally we are asked by other concert organisers in the area, ones known to us, whether we know of players who might be willing to help with a one-off concert where the ensemble is lacking certain players.  In the past we have offered contact details to them.  If you are unwilling for your details to be passed on in this way, please let us know and we will record this preference and respect your wishes.