Bromley Symphony Orchestra is a large, friendly, successful amateur orchestra based in south London with a reputation for interesting concerts of almost professional standard. We welcome applications from new members, patrons and helpers.

Centenary

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Dear Concertgoer! We need your help! Our 2018/2019 season will be the Orchestra’s hundredth! Please contact us with your reminiscences and memories of the Orchestra’s past.  Our aim is to prepare a full history of the Orchestra for our centenary season.

 

Season Tickets

View of auditoriumWe invite you to purchase season tickets for our 2017-18 season. Season tickets secure your favourite seating area and save you money as they provide four concerts for the price of three.

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Tickets for individual concerts for next season will be available here in September.

DancerCatherine BornerMarquez Danson No.2 Speaker symbol

Casals arr Brown ‘Song of the Birds’ Speaker symbol
    Soloist Alice McVeigh

Debussy ‘Iberia’ from ‘Images’ Speaker symbol

De Falla ‘Nights in the Garden of Spain’ Speaker symbol
    Soloist Catherine Borner

Ravel ‘Boléro’ Speaker symbol

Sexy, sassy and Latin American, Marquez’s Danson No. 2 is followed by a Spanish folk miniature for solo cello and orchestra. Then we get into the meat of the concert. Debussy’s ‘Iberia’ – impressionistic and evocative – reminds us of his comment: ‘Music is as boundless as the elements, the wind, the sky, the sea... ’ De Falla himself acknowledged Debussy’s achievement: ‘the intoxicating spell of Andalusian nights, the joyous strains of guitars and bandurrias, whirls in the air!’ De Falla’s own Nights in the Gardens of Spain follows (‘the most tragic and sorrowful of his works, expressing an intimate and passionate drama.’) Catherine Borner's piano solos are woven within a flamboyant orchestral texture. We conclude with Ravel’s iconic Boléro – by far his most famous work.(At its premiere, a woman furiously objected that Ravel must be mad. Ravel’s comment? ‘She has understood the piece!’) A barn-storming finale!

Caroline MarwoodNielsen Symphony No.3 Speaker symbol
    Soloists Nicola Ihnatowicz and Oskar McCarthy 

Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto Speaker symbol
    Soloist Caroline Marwood

Strauss Suite from ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ Speaker symbol

Nielsen’s 3rd Symphony (the ‘Espansiva’) is light and joyous – not ‘typical’ Nielsen at all. Its famous slow movement, which Nielsen himself described as a ‘landscape Andante,’ uses offstage solo voices to marvellous effect. Vaughan Williams then provides a virtuoso showpiece for principal oboist Caroline Marwood. A folk music-inspired pastorale is followed by a delicate minuet, while the finale is almost a perpetuum mobile – interrupted by some stunningly lyrical passages.  The Rosenkavalier suite excerpts moments of Strauss’ greatest masterpiece, including the ‘Presentation of the Rose’ scene, and the most richly textured of the opera’s several waltzes. It concludes with the powerful trio for the Marschallin, Octavian and Sophie – and by the languorous final duet. Not to be missed!

Anna-Liisa BezrodnySmetana Overture: ‘The Bartered Bride’ Speaker symbol

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto Speaker symbol
    Soloist Anna-Liisa Bezrodny

Shostakovitch Symphony No. 15 Speaker symbol

Smetana’s Bartered Bride overture is sheer orchestral effervescence - with a Slavic twist. Tchaikovsky’s eloquent violin concerto features prizewinning violinist Anna-Liisa Bezrodny on her Amati violin. The second half consists of one of Shostakovich’s quirky masterpieces, his 15th symphony. Side-swiped excerpts from William Tell in the first movement, evocative violin and cello solos and ghostly brass chorales in the second, plus a sardonic scherzo, are superseded by a finale echoing some of the most stirring moments from Wagner’s Ring and a sense of utter completion.

PlanetsBernstein Overture ‘Candide’ Speaker symbol

Roy Harris Symphony No 3 Speaker symbol

Holst Suite ‘The Planets’ Speaker symbol

Following Bernstein’s scintillatingly offbeat overture to Candide, we present an underrated masterpiece, Harris’ magnificently energetic, occasionally brooding yet always glorious (single-movement) Third Symphony. We follow this with the mercurial Holst's self-described ‘mood pictures’ – his Herculean tour de force, The Planets.

Composition Competition

Composing with quillThe BSO committee is seeking a new work for full orchestra to celebrate our 100th anniversary. (Works previously performed in concert will not be considered.) The adjudicator will be Professor Robert Saxton, whose decision will be final. He will choose the winners from the top three finalists, as voted on by the orchestra.

The winner, who must be a UK resident, will receive £1500. The winning work will receive its first public performance in our 2018-2019 season (concert planned for March 2019). The second prize will be £500. The committee reserves the right to select additional works for performance and may assign additional prize money for this purpose.

The work must be ‘celebratory’ in nature, no longer than 12 minutes in duration and composed for symphony orchestra including triple wind (with normal doublings available). Please limit percussion to a maximum of three players, and check with us at the email address below before including unusual instruments, electronics etc. For level of difficulty, composers should be guided by excerpts on our website.

Scores must be submitted by 24th March 2018. Electronic realisations may be appended. Shortlisted works will require parts prepared and printed for a workshop in June 2018.  The recording made of each of the finalist’s works at the end of the event will be sent to the finalists, but the rights will remain with the Bromley Symphony Orchestra. At the workshop final, our playing members will vote on the shortlisted works, so it is crucial that parts be prepared to a high standard, including rehearsal marks and/or bar numbers. The works will be judged on musical merit as well as on practicality of performance. They will all be conducted on the day by our conductor, Adrian Brown.

Scores may be submitted from our contact form, by email (PDF attachment) to competition (at) bromleysymphony.org or by post to PO Box 1065, Bromley BR1 9QD.

Please include contact details (name, email and phone number), a brief biography and a programme note for your work. However, personal details must not appear on the score or parts, as the works will be judged anonymously.

Vacancies

Empty seatsWe have vacancies for a principal trumpet and co-principal trombone next season. Rehearsals are on Monday evenings starting on 11th September. Positions like these with an excellent non-professional orchestra don't come up very often so please tell your brass playing friends and contact us if interested.

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