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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Brahms

Dvořák Daniel Benn


Dvořák Cello Concerto in B minor Speaker symbol
    Soloist Daniel Benn

Raine Memories of a Dream Speaker symbol

Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F major Speaker symbol

Nineteenth-century Romanticism is hugely to the fore for our second concert, kicking off with the Dvořák, the world's best-known and best-loved cello concerto, performed by the gifted young soloist Daniel Benn in memory of his grandfather, Tony Benn. After the interval the orchestra performs Brahms's Third Symphony, a masterpiece written in a mere four months, of which Clara Schumann wrote to Brahms on February 11, 1884: 'All the movements seem to be of one piece, one beat of the heart.'

Programme Jan 2015

Many thanks to Ian GillettSteve Belgrave and Lester Barnes for photographing and recording the rehearsal and performance.

Dvořák Cello Concerto - Allegro

Dvořák Cello Concerto - Adagio

Dvořák Cello Concerto - Finale

Jonathan Raine: Memories of a Dream

Brahms: Symphony No. 3
Introduction by Adrian Brown

Allegro con brio

Andante

Poco allegretto

Allegro – Un poco sostenuto

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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.'

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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

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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.’ 

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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

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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. 
 

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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.

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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

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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.

 

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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

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