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 this archive were recorded by students on the Tonmeister course at the University of Surrey.

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Saturday 18th May 2019 at 19:45

Centenary FinaleProgramme May 2019Beethoven

National Anthem (arr. Britten)

Parry Blest Pair of Sirens Speaker symbol

Muilwijk Europa  Speaker symbol
(The winning work in our Centenary Composers’ Competition)

Beethoven Symphony No 9 in D minor Speaker symbol
with The BYMT Adult Choir
Soloists Janice Watson, John Upperton, Tristan Hambleton, Nicola Ihnatowicz  

The winning work in our Centenary Composers Competition and Beethoven’s tumultuous and transcendent final symphony bring our Centenary season to a glorious end.

Saturday 16th March 2019 at 19:45

Programme March 2019Richard Strauss
Elgar
Cockaigne Overture Speaker symbol

Reed Symphony for Strings 

Strauss Ein Heldenleben  Speaker symbol

Elgar’s rollicking recreation of Edwardian London leads into the tuneful Symphony for Strings by his friend, the long-term LSO leader and Bromley Symphony conductor William (‘Billy’) Reed.  Ein Heldenleben, Strauss’ autobiographical, lavishly romantic and richly-textured tone poem, showcases our own leader, Andrew Laing, in the second half.

Saturday 26th January 2019 at 19:45

Programme Jan 2019John LillMozart Symphony No 32 in G Major  Speaker symbol

Beethoven Piano Concerto No 1 in C major  Speaker symbol
    Soloist John Lill

Mahler Symphony No 1 in D major  Speaker symbol

Mozart’s small-but-perfectly-formed Symphony 32 precedes the internationally renowned John Lill, who joins us in Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto. Then, Mahler’s monumental First Symphony (the ‘Titan’), which exemplifies his comment: ‘To write a symphony is, for me, to construct a world.’

Mahler Symphony No 1 in D major

Saturday 10th November 2018 at 19:45

Programme Nov 2018Nicholas McCarthyArmistice Centenary Concert

Brahms Tragic Overture Speaker symbol

Butterworth A Shropshire Lad Speaker symbol

Ravel Piano Concerto for Left Hand Speaker symbol
     Soloist Nicholas McCarthy

Elgar Symphony No 2 in E flat major  Speaker symbol

In our Armistice Centenary concert, Brahms’ arresting Tragic Overture is followed by Butterworth’s nostalgically lyrical ‘A Shropshire Lad’, written in the shadow of WWI. Ravel’s jazzy and virtuosic Concerto for the Left Hand follows – commissioned by a pianist who lost an arm in the conflict. After the interval we present Elgar’s Second Symphony, composed, as he put it, ‘at fever heat’, one of his most impassioned, intense, and inspiring works.

Composition Competition

Composing with quillOur composition competition has now ended and the winner is:

Europa by Marco Muilwijk

This work was performed as part of our May 2019 concert.

We are very grateful to our adjudicator Paul Patterson for the many hours he donated to this project.

The orchestra members voted for Bacchanal by James Maunders and we will perform this in March 2020. Proem by John Senter will be performed in our November 2019 concert.

We received more than 30 entries, thank you! We are very grateful for the considerable time and effort that went into preparing each of them.

The other shortlisted finalists were:

  • Bromleag by Robert Ely
  • Kent Invicta by Philip Steel

The rehearsal recordings made of each of the finalist’s works are below.

Europa by Marco Muilwijk

Bacchanal by James Maunders

Proem by John Senter

Bromleag by Robert Ely

Kent Invicta by Philip Steel

Saturday 19th May 2018 at 19:45

Programme May 2018PlanetsBernstein Overture ‘Candide’ 

Roy Harris Symphony No 3

Holst Suite ‘The Planets’ 

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.

Bernstein Overture ‘Candide’

Roy Harris Symphony No 3

Holst Suite ‘The Planets’

Saturday 10th Mar 2018 at 19:45

Programme Mar 2018Anna-Liisa Bezrodny

Smetana Overture: ‘The Bartered Bride’ Speaker symbol

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto Speaker symbol
    Soloist Anna-Liisa Bezrodny

Shostakovich 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.

Saturday 27th Jan 2018 at 19:45

Programme Jan 2018Caroline 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!

Saturday 11th Nov 2017 at 19:45

Programme Nov 2017DancerCatherine BornerMárquez Danzón No.2 Speaker symbol

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

Debussy ‘Ibéria’ 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, Márquez’s Danzón 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 ‘Ibéria’ – 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!

A good quality video of this concert exists (all 5 pieces, no announcements, 74 minutes approx), recorded in high definition using three cameras and edited by Chris Beston. DVDs (standard definition, £8) and Blu-ray discs (high definition, £12) are for sale in the foyer on concert days or can be ordered through our contact page.

Saturday 20th May 2017 at 19:45

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!