Archive

These pages contain programmes and recordings of most of our recent performances. In addition, a list of every piece we have performed since 1960 is on the repertoire page and a history of the orchestra is on the about page.

Many of the sound recordings in this archive were recorded by students on the Tonmeister course at the University of Surrey, for which we are very grateful. Note that explicit approval is required for any photography or recordings, since we must have the consent of everyone involved and pay any extra fees incurred.

Click the programme covers to download the complete programme in PDF format. You can use a browser plugin such as Video & Audio Downloader to download audio and video recordings (start playing the recording to make it appear in the list).

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Saturday 20th January 2024 at 19:30

Programme January 2024Tchaikovsky in snowy sceneRawsthorne Street Corner Overture Speaker symbol

Walton Violin Concerto Speaker symbol
    Soloist Ryo Koyama

Tchaikovsky Symphony 5 Speaker symbol

The ‘victory through strife’ of Tchaikovsky’s iconic Fifth is probably the stand-out here, but Rawsthorne’s characterful Street Corner Overture opens the show, with Walton’s most luscious concerto (for violin) in the middle.

Saturday 11th November 2023 at 19:30

Programme November 2023Prague and DvorakBerlioz Béatrice et Bénédict Speaker symbol

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 4 Speaker symbol
    Soloist Rustam Khanmurzin

Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune Speaker symbol

Dvořák Symphony No. 5 Speaker symbol

An evening of wonderfully varied textures, with Berlioz’s effervescent Béatrice et Bénédict balanced by Rachmaninov’s jazz-influenced Fourth Piano Concerto and Debussy’s languorous Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune. Dvořák’s tuneful Fifth Symphony forms the finale.

Saturday 13th May 2023 at 19:30

Programme May 2023Michael Foyle with violinDvořák Scherzo Capriccioso Speaker symbol

Delius Violin Concerto Speaker symbol
    Soloist: Michael Foyle

Sibelius Symphony 6 Speaker symbol

Sibelius Karelia Suite Speaker symbol

Dvořák’s Scherzo Capriccioso, Delius’ sunny violin concerto, and Sibelius’ masterful Sixth form our season finale – with ‘Last Night of the Proms’ favourite Karelia Suite as encore.

This season’s concerts are supported by the generosity of the ESG Robinson Charitable Trust.

Dvořák Scherzo Capriccioso

Delius Violin Concerto

Sibelius Symphony 6

Sibelius Karelia Suite

Saturday 11th March 2023 at 19:30

Programme March 2023Bust of BeethovenBeethoven  Symphony 6 ‘Pastorale’ Speaker symbol

Steel  Kent Invicta Speaker symbol

Tchaikovsky  Francesca da Rimini Speaker symbol

In our third concert, Beethoven’s beloved Sixth (‘Pastorale’) Symphony is preceded by the final work from our composition competition, and by Tchaikovsky’s lusciously romantic symphonic fantasy – Francesca da Rimini.

This season’s concerts are supported by the generosity of the ESG Robinson Charitable Trust.

Saturday 21st January 2023 at 19:30

Programme January 2023Amy Yule with fluteReinecke Flute Concerto Speaker symbol
    Soloist Amy Yule

Mahler Symphony 6  Speaker symbol

Mahler’s awe-inspiring Sixth – of which Berg wrote, ‘There is only one Sixth, Beethoven’s notwithstanding’ – forms the backbone of our second concert. The brilliant Amy Yule, principal flute in the Hallé, is showcased in the Brahmsian Reinecke flute concerto.

This season’s concerts are supported by the generosity of the ESG Robinson Charitable Trust.

Saturday 12th November 2022 at 19:30

Programme November 2022Vaughan Williams with Scott of the Antarctic posterSmyth The Wreckers Speaker symbol

Elgar Cello Concerto Speaker symbol
    Soloist Alice McVeigh
    Conductor Simon McVeigh

Vaughan Williams Sinfonia Antartica Speaker symbol
Celebrating 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth

In honour of Vaughan Williams’ 150th anniversary, his atmospheric and monumental Sinfonia Antartica features for November. Elgar’s immortal cello concerto will be performed by Alice McVeigh, herself celebrating 40 years leading our cello section. Smyth’s dramatic overture opens this intensely English concert.

Supported by the Vaughan Williams Charitable TrustVaughan Williams Charitable Trust

Saturday 11th June 2022 at 17:30

Programme June 2022

As a bonus, our children’s concert features Rossini’s lively “William Tell” overture, themes from the Harry Potter films, and Paul Patterson’s clever and winningly dramatic Red Riding Hood.

Note: This is an additional concert, outside our regular seaon. Tickets for this concert cost £5 for under 18s, £15 for adults.

Saturday 14th May 2022 at 19:30

Programme May 2022

Our final concert of the 2021/22 season represents catnip for romantics: Respighi’s Fountains of Rome is followed by a ten- minute work by a finalist in our composers’ competition (Robert Ely). Afterwards, the prizewinning Callum Smart delivers Korngold’s rhapsodic violin concerto. What could possibly follow that, except for Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony?

Adrian Brown interviewed about this concert on BBC radio – excerpt from The Dominic King Show 12th May 2022

Saturday 12th March 2022 at 19:30

Programme March 2022Nicolai Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor Speaker symbol

Horovitz Concerto for Euphonium Speaker symbol
    Soloist Robbie Henderson

Mendelssohn Overture A Midsummer Night’s Dream Speaker symbol

Bruckner Symphony No 6 Speaker symbol

In our third concert, Horovitz’s virtuosic yet engaging Concerto for Euphonium (with rising star Robbie Henderson) is framed by two overtures: Nicholai’s jovial Merry Wives of Windsor and Mendelssohn’s irresistible Midsummer’s Night’s Dream. Bruckner’s shortest and perhaps most classical symphony completes the concert.

Saturday 22nd January 2022 at 19:30

Programme Jan 2022Vaughan Williams Wasps Overture Speaker symbol

Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending Speaker symbol
Peter Longworth In the golden sky, the swallows turn
    Soloist Emily Davis

Vaughan Williams English Folk Suite Speaker symbol

Bax Symphony No 6 Speaker symbol

Redolent of the glories of the English countryside, our second concert begins with Vaughan Williams’ glittering “Wasps” Overture. We then feature the wonderful Emily Davis in the much-loved Lark Ascending (and in Longworths’ delicate tribute to the same). Bax’s gloriously powerful Sixth Symphony encompasses the second half. (“The work marches irrevocably from point to point with the inevitability of mastery.” – its first review.)