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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Concert Saturday 15th November 2014 at 19:45

Edward Elgar

Programme November 2014Caroline HarrisonWalton Overture “Portsmouth Point” Speaker symbol

Walton Concerto for Viola and Orchestra Speaker symbol
Soloist Caroline Harrison

Elgar Symphony No. 1 in A-flat major Speaker symbol

Our opening concert showcases outstanding British composition. From the light, jazzy Portsmouth Point, with its swaggering brass and pointed off-beats, to Walton’s resonant, lyrical and eloquently full-throated viola concerto, featuring Caroline Harrison, principal viola of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the concert winds up with Elgar’s immortal First Symphony, of which its first conductor, Hans Richter said to his orchestra, ‘Let us rehearse the greatest symphony in modern times.’

Concert Saturday 17th May 2014 at 19:45

Romeo and Juliet

Programme May 2014Berlioz Three movements from the Dramatic Symphony “Roméo et Juliette” Speaker symbol
Romeo Alone and Capulet’s Ball, Love Scene, Queen Mab Scherzo

Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story Speaker symbol

Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Overture Speaker symbol

We end our season with three very different works depicting Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Tchaikovsky’s sublime fantasy overture weaves the main themes of the story into twenty minutes of orchestral perfection. In West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein transplants the two doomed lovers to jazzy 1950’s New York. His Symphonic Dances leave the listener breathless as they are shamelessly bombarded with many of the twentieth century’s best tunes, including ‘Maria’, ‘America’ and ‘Cool.’ Berlioz was equally inspired, especially by his wife-to-be’s performance as Shakespeare’s Juliet. His ‘take’ on the work is bursting with harmonic imagination, fervent power, eloquent emotion and frustrated desire.

Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette

Bernstein: West Side Story

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliette

Concert Saturday 22nd March 2014 at 19:45

Dmitry Shostakovich

Modest MussorgskyProgramme March 2014

Shostakovich Symphony No. 6 

Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition 

Shostakovich’s 6th symphony, conceived in the 1930s, is a very personal work, reflecting not only the suffocating oppression of the Stalinist era but also the resilient spirit of the composer, with the power of the first movement balanced by the defiant and even riotous flair of the following two. Mussorgsky’s famous Pictures at an Exhibition was composed within a single month for piano, and has never slipped from orchestral repertoire since Ravel (among others) arranged it and it is Ravel’s orchestration we will be playing. Listen to the spooky ‘Catacombs’, enjoy the gossip from ‘The Market of Limoges’ and thrill to the grandeur of the final ‘Great Gate of Kiev.’ 

Concert Saturday 25th January 2014 at 19:45

Richard Wagner

Programme Jan 2014Haydn Symphony No. 103 “Drumroll” Speaker symbol

Wagner Die Walküre, Act 1 Speaker symbol
Soloists Janice Watson, John Upperton and Oliver Gibbs

If you think you know Haydn, come and hear Symphony No. 103 (‘The Drumroll’), one of the famous late symphonies composed when Haydn was the toast of London. Symphony No. 103 is one of his most interesting, being packed with originality, pathos and wit. Following this, we are extraordinarily fortunate to be joined by internationally-known singers Janice Watson, John Upperton and Oliver Gibbs to perform Act 1 of Die Walküre, the second part of Wagner’s famous ‘Ring’ cycle. Controversially, some of us think that this is the most enjoyable way of playing Wagner. See what you think!

Janice Watson

Janice Watson

John Upperton

John Upperton

Oliver Gibbs

Oliver Gibbs

Concert Saturday 16th November 2013 at 19:45

Benjamin Britten

Mathieu Van Bellen. Picture: Ton Stanowicki

BSO Programme Nov 2013Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Overture (Prelude to Act 1) Speaker symbol

Britten Violin Concerto Speaker symbol
    Soloist Mathieu van Bellen

Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Act 3 Prelude Speaker symbol

Beethoven Symphony No. 7 Speaker symbol

Beethoven described his seventh symphony as ‘one of my best’, a view shared by audiences who demanded an encore of the second movement on its début performance. Wagner famously described it as ‘the apotheosis of the dance.’ Young Dutch virtuoso Mathieu van Bellen assists us to mark the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten with a performance of his violin concerto, which was inspired by Beethoven’s. Here economy of material is illuminated by virtuosic violin writing and scintillating use of orchestral tone colour. The brilliant overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg delivers the complete opera in miniature; all the main themes are there. We add the atmospheric prelude to Act 3 to launch a season celebrating the 200th anniversary of Wagner’s birth. 
 

Concert Saturday 18th May 2013 at 19:45

Piotr Tchaikovsky

Piotr Tchaikovsky

Programme May 2013Shostakovich Festive Overture Speaker symbol

Khachaturian Violin concerto Speaker symbol
    Soloist Bernard Brook 

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 (Pathétique) Speaker symbol

The final concert of our season opens with the brilliant Festive Overture, a vivacious musical firework. Khachaturian’s concerto is a magnificent whirlwind of powerful emotions and unbridled energy. The Pathétique is a complex mixture of emotions – sorrow, hope, and happiness tinged with a foreboding of despair – a mixture that has ensured its enduring popular appeal.

Concert Saturday 16th March 2013 at 19:45

Anton Bruckner

Anton Bruckner

Complete programme in PDF formatBruckner Symphony No. 8 Speaker symbol

The Eighth Symphony is a monumental work, full of the composer’s characteristic ‘trade marks’ but taking them further than ever before: a mysterious opening, dramatic climaxes and contrasts, a lively dancing scherzo, a heartfelt slow movement – he believed it was his best one – and finally a very powerful finale which brings it all together in a glorious blaze of triumph.

Allegro moderato

Scherzo. Allegro moderato – Trio, langsam

Adagio. Feierlich langsam, doch nicht schleppend

Finale. Fierlich, nicht schnell

Concert Saturday 26th January 2013 at 19:45

Antonin Dvořák

Antonin Dvořák

Complete programme in PDF format

Suk Fairy Tales Speaker symbol

Mahler Rückert Lieder Speaker symbol
    Baritone
Laurence Meikle

Dvořák Symphony No. 7 Speaker symbol

Suk’s Fairy Tale is a colourful suite of four movements drawn from music he wrote for a theatre piece. Mahler’s set of five songs, based on poems by Friedrich Rückert, share a mood of intimacy and quiet withdrawal. The Seventh Symphony, dramatic and darkly passionate and expressing the defiance of the underdog, is perhaps Dvořák’s greatest.

 

Concert Saturday 17th November 2012 at 7:45pm

Concert dedicated to the memory of Malcolm Smith

Sir Edward Elgar

Sir Edward Elgar

Programme Nov 2012Bax ‘Tintagel’ Speaker symbol

Elgar Cello concerto Speaker symbol
    Soloist Jamie Walton

Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 2 (London) Speaker symbol

Bax’s best known work paints a vivid picture of the Cornish castle of Tintagel, battered by the Atlantic on a sunny day. Elgar’s wonderful concerto, contemplative and elegiac, has become a much loved cornerstone of the cello repertoire. The symphony depicts various London scenes, including the Westminster chimes, hansom cabs, street sellers’ cries, and the moods and tempos of our capital city.

Bax: Tintagel (Note: Closed captions are available by clicking “CC”)

Elgar – Cello Concerto

Vaughan Williams

Summer Workshop - Sunday 10th June 2012

Hans Rott

Hans Rott

Our Summer Workshop is an occasion when the orchestra spends a day rehearsing an interesting work then gives an early evening informal performance which audiences may attend at no charge, although a collection is made to help cover our costs. The rehearsal is open to non-member players (who should apply beforehand) and spectators, including (silent) children.

The work to be studied this year is the Symphony in E by Hans Rott, Speaker symbol a composer few people have encountered. He was a brilliant fellow student with Mahler, but sadly went mad and died at the age of 25. Mahler greatly admired this symphony, and his own symphonies, the first of which was written 8 years after Rott’s, show very strong influences. Anyone who appreciates Mahler’s music will enjoy this.

11:00 – 12.00 Strings only rehearsal

12:00 – 13:00 Full orchestra rehearsal

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch (Please bring your own picnic lunch – weather permitting, lunch can be eaten outside)

14.00 – 15.30 Rehearsal

15.30 – 16.00 Break

16.00 – 17.30 Rehearsal

17.30 – 18:00 Break

18:00 – 18.15 Introductory talk to audience with possible extracts

18.15 – 19.15 Performance