Archive

Here are some programmes, recordings and videos of our performances. In addition, a complete list of every piece we have performed since 1960 is on the repertoire page in a sortable table.

Many of the sound recordings in the archive were recorded at the Institute of Sound Recording at the University of Surrey by a student on the Tonmeister course.

Some more pictures were taken at a rehearsal in 2014 by Anatol Bologan.

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Programme May 2017Robert BurtonDukas: ‘La Péri’, Fanfare et Poème dansé Speaker symbol

Debussy: Rapsodie pour orchestre et saxophone Speaker symbol
    Soloist Robert Burton

Brahms: Symphony No. 2, Op. 73 Speaker symbol

Dukas suggested that his La Péri should evoke ‘translucent, dazzling enamel’ with hints of Persia. Debussy’s Spanish-inspired Rhapsody for saxophone and orchestra is followed by Brahms’ radiantly sunny, transcendently lyrical Second Symphony. See you there!

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Programme Mar 2017Janice Watson John Upperton

Schumann: Symphony No. 2, Op. 61 Speaker symbol

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde Speaker symbol
    Soloists Janice Watson and John Upperton 

Schumann’s affirmatory Second Symphony precedes Mahler’s orient-inspired masterpiece, in which international artists Janice Watson and John Upperton take us on a journey from heroic energy through autumnal lament to a gloriously existential farewell.

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Programme Jan 2017Masa Tayama

Ireland: A London Overture Speaker symbol

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 30 Speaker symbol
    Soloist Masa Tayama

Bliss: A Colour Symphony Speaker symbol

Ireland’s vibrant London Overture is coupled with Rachmaninov’s rhapsodic and virtuosic Third Piano Concerto, starring Masa Tayama. Arthur Bliss’ exuberantly dashing ‘Colour’ symphony - one of the great British masterpieces of the 20th century - spins its magic in the second half.

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Programme Nov 2016Elizabeth Scorah

Berlioz: Overture ‘King Lear’ Op. 4 Speaker symbol

Debussy: Danse sacrée et Danse profane Speaker symbol
    Harp soloist Elizabeth Scorah

Ravel: ‘Daphnis et Chloé’ Ballet Speaker symbol

Our French first concert opens with Berlioz’ mercurial and richly programmatic King Lear. Harpist Elizabeth Scorah features in Debussy’s dreamily evocative Danse sacrée et Danse profane, followed by Ravel’s masterpiece of which he wrote: ‘Sumptuous and subtle, I have created the Greece of my dreams.’

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Programme May 2016Martin BunceProkofiev

Prokofiev Symphony No. 7 in C# minor, Op. 131 Speaker symbol

Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto in A-flat major Speaker symbol

    Soloist Martin Bunce

Borodin In the Steppes of Central Asia Speaker symbol

Tchaikovsky ‘1812’ Overture, Op. 49 Speaker symbol

The final concert of this season features four short classics. In the first half, Prokofiev’s seventh symphony is teamed with Arutiunian’s dashing trumpet concerto - featuring our own trumpet principal, Martin Bunce. Afterwards, Borodin’s pint-sized tone poem ‘In the Steppes of Central Asia’ is followed by the careering fire, stirring drums and wild cannon of Tchaikovsky’s ‘1812’ Overture. See you there!

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Programme Mar 2016BrucknerSchubert Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, D. 485 Speaker symbol

Bruckner Symphony No. 9 in D minor Speaker symbol

Our third concert of the season features another clever piece of programming: Schubert's delightfully winning Symphony No 5 is followed by Bruckner's shortest symphony: his seismic, turbulent and (finally) transcendent Ninth Symphony.

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BeethovenProgramme Jan 2016Beethoven Overture: The Creatures of Prometheus Speaker symbol

Sibelius Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63 Speaker symbol

Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 Speaker symbol

    Soloist Mathieu van Bellen

Beethoven takes pride of place in our second concert: his powerful ‘Prometheus’ Overture and his fabulous violin concerto frame Sibelius' moodily brilliant Symphony No 4. We are delighted to once again feature rising star Mathieu van Bellen and his Guadagnini violin, this time in one of Beethoven's most iconic works.

Sibelius

Mathieu van Bellen

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Programme Nov 2015TchaikovskyAlexander SoaresSchumann Overture from Manfred, Op. 115 Speaker symbol

Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 Speaker symbol

    Soloist Alexander Soares

Tchaikovsky ‘Manfred’ Symphony in B minor, Op. 58 Speaker symbol

We open the season with two ‘takes’ on the romantic period pin-up, Manfred: Schumann's broodingly magnificent ‘Manfred’ overture and Tchaikovsky's rich and dramatic ‘Manfred’ symphony. In between we feature serial international prizewinner Alexander Soares in Grieg's endlessly tuneful piano concerto. Not to be missed!

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Here are some pictures taken at this concert:

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Programme May 2015Callum SmartRachmaninovHumperdinck Prelude ‘Hänsel und Gretel’ Speaker symbol

Strauss Serenade for Thirteen Wind Instruments in E flat Speaker symbol

Glazunov Violin concerto in A minor Speaker symbol
    Soloist Callum Smart

Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances Speaker symbol

This concert consists of four brief and delightfully contrasting works. Humperdinck's tuneful overture to Hansel and Gretel gives way to Richard Strauss' charming chamber serenade for thirteen wind instruments and Glazunov's scintillating violin concerto (starring previous Young Musician of the Year violin winner Callum Smart). Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances (a very late work) winds up the evening in sardonic, sensual style.

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Programme March 2015Mahler

Mahler Symphony No. 7 Speaker symbol

Not to be missed is our third concert, comprising Mahler's stunning Seventh Symphony, written at the height of his success as conductor and composer, and exemplifying his famous quotation: ‘A symphony must be like the world; it must contain everything.’ The seventh is rightly reckoned rather enigmatic, but contains, after a funeral march, the exquisite 'night music' movements and a demented waltz of a scherzo, an exultant climax.

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