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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Concert Saturday 19th May 2012 at 7:45pm

Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms

Programme May 2012Rossini Overture ‘William Tell’ Speaker symbol

Walton Two pieces from ‘Henry V’  Speaker symbol

Strauss Horn Concerto No. 2 
    Soloist Richard Watkins

Massenet Méditation from Thaïs
    Soloist Bernard Brook

Brahms Symphony No. 4  Speaker symbol

Rossini’s overture is very well known, not least for its galloping finale which became the ‘Lone Ranger’ theme music. Music for strings from Walton’s ‘Henry V’ film music calms things down. Strauss’s love for the horn shines though all his orchestral works, and particularly in this late concerto which needs a real virtuoso soloist. We conclude our season with this wonderful symphony, which has been a mainstay of the orchestral repertoire ever since it was written.

Rossini: Overture ‘William Tell’


Walton: Two pieces from ‘Henry V’

Henry V Suite 2 – Passacaglia: The Death of Falstaff

Henry V Suite 4 – Touch her soft lips and part

Richard Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 2


Andante con moto

Rondo (Allegro molto)

Massenet: Méditation from Thaïs


Bernard Brook tribute

Brahms: Symphony No. 4

Allegro Non Troppo

Andante Moderato

Allegro Giocoso – Poco Meno Presto

Allegro Energico e Passionato – Più Allegro

Concert Saturday 17th March 2012 at 7:45pm

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven

Programme Mar 2012Borodin Overture and Polovtsian Dances from ‘Prince Igor’ Speaker symbol

Beethoven Piano Concerto No 5 ‘The Emperor’ Speaker symbol
    Soloist Masa Tayama

Bartók Concerto for Orchestra Speaker symbol

Borodin’s wonderful music is very widely known, much of it having been adapted for use in lighter and popular genres, notably in the musical ‘Kismet’. For Beethoven’s most well loved piano concerto, we are delighted to welcome back Masa, whose previous appearances with us met with such enormous acclaim. Bartók certainly puts the various sections of the orchestra through their paces in his showpiece concerto, a true 20th Century classic.

Concert Saturday 21st January 2012 at 7:45pm

Hector Berlioz

Hector Berlioz

Programme Jan 2012Walton ‘Crown Imperial’ Speaker symbol

Elgar ‘Sospiri’ Speaker symbol

Arnold Clarinet Concerto No. 2 Speaker symbol
    Soloist Hale Hambleton

Berlioz ‘Symphonie Fantastique’

For 2012, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, we open with Walton’s 1937 coronation march. The poignant ‘Sospiri’ (sighs) cools the mood, ready to be revived by Arnold’s jazzy concerto, originally written for Benny Goodman. In 1830 Berlioz took the musical world into new realms with his vivid picture of passionate but unrequited love that eventually turns into a wild nightmare.

Saturday 12th November 2011 at 7:45pm

Franz Liszt
Franz Liszt

Programme Nov 2011Elgar ‘Pomp & Circumstance March No. 4′ Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work

Barber ‘Adagio for Strings’  Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work

Liszt Symphonic Poem ‘Tasso’ 

Elgar ‘Violin Concerto’  Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work
Sasha Rozhdestvensky

We celebrate Liszt’s 2011 bicentenary with one of his great tone poems. Barber’s well-loved Adagio was originally part of his second string quartet. But we begin and end with Elgar. This march is less familiar than the famous No 1, but no less memorable. The Violin Concerto, premiered in 1910, gained immediate popularity and has remained a firm favourite on concert programmes ever since.

Saturday 21st May 2011 at 7:45pm

Jean Sibelius
Jean Sibelius

Programme May 2011Schubert ‘Symphony No. 8’ (Unfinished)

Paul Creston ‘Marimba Concertino’
Soloist Alexander Main-Ian

Sibelius ‘Symphony No.2′ 

This Schubert symphony has remained one of the most well loved in the concert repertoire in what seems a perfect unfinished state, though others have tried to complete it. Creston’s Concertino is distinctly tonal in the modern American idiom and possessed of a strong rhythmic sense. Sibelius’s Second is by far the most popular of his symphonies. Its style is characteristic Sibelius, with marvellous dark-hued sonorities, expansive brass chorales, passionate expressiveness, and at the end, with screwed up tension leading to a glorious triumphant conclusion.

Saturday 19th March 2011 at 7:45pm

Carl Nielsen
Carl Nielsen
Complete programme in PDF formatWalton ‘Spitfire Prelude and Fugue’

Sibelius ‘Violin Concerto’
    Soloist Anna-Liisa Bezrodny

Nielsen ‘Symphony No.5’ 

The opening item comes from Walton’s music written for the 1942 film ‘The First of the Few’. Sibelius’s only concerto, in turn stormy and tense, quiet and lyrical, and with a dazzling dancing finale, demands forceful dramatic playing from the soloist. Nielsen’s Fifth, widely regarded as his greatest masterpiece, portrays conflict with disturbing but exhilarating power: the contrast between darkness and light, ominous militarism and peace, evil and good, which eventually leads to an affirmative conclusion.

Saturday 22nd January 2011 at 7:45pm

Igor Stravinsky
Igor Stravinsky
Programme Jan 2011Rimsky-Korsakov ‘Capriccio Espagnol’

Richard Strauss ‘Oboe Concerto’ 
    Soloist Caroline Marwood

Stravinsky ‘Petrushka’ 

Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol captures the warmth and exuberance of Spain in brilliant technicolour, a free rhapsody based on folksong tunes. The Strauss concerto uses only a small orchestra and provides a wonderful showcase for our principal oboist. Stravinsky’s charming ballet depicts the colourful atmosphere of the Shrovetide Fair and draws on Russian folk melodies to tell the story of a puppet unsuccessful in love.

Saturday 13th November 2010 at 7:45pm

Gustav Mahler
Gustav Mahler
Programme Nov 2010Beethoven Overture ‘Coriolan’ 

Berlioz ‘Reverie et Caprice’ 
    Soloist Bernard Brook

Mahler Symphony No. 5

After Beethoven’s tensely dramatic overture and Berlioz’s elegant romance, we celebrate Mahler’s 150th anniversary year with the vast musical canvas and emotional scope of his Fifth Symphony. Its moods include grim and funereal, savage and angry, ebullient and dancing, lyrical and romantic, and finally radiant and triumphant. Its famous adagietto has become particularly well known through its use in Visconti’s classic film ‘Death in Venice’.

Beethoven: Overture ‘Coriolan’

Berlioz: ‘Reverie et Caprice’

Mahler: Symphony No 5 
Funeral March

Second Movement



Rondo Finale

Sunday 13th June 2010

Day Workshop at Bishop Justus School BR2 8HZ

Richard Strauss Symphonia domestica

Adrian introduced the work at 6pm, followed by an informal performance at 6.30pm.

The session was free, but donations were welcome; no tickets were issued.

Saturday 22nd May 2010 at 7:45pm

Sergei Prokofiev
Sergei Prokofiev

Masa Tayama
Masa Tayama

Programme May 2010Kabalevsky Overture ‘Colas Breugnon’ 

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1
    Soloist Masa Tayama

Prokofiev ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (Selection from suites 1 & 2)

Kabalevsky’s sparkling overture brilliantly captures the carefree moods of an exuberant hero in the mould of Till Eulenspeigel and Robin Hood. The Tchaikovsky concerto was famously rejected by its original dedicatee Nikolai Rubinstein as being worthless, unplayable and vulgar. How very wrong this has proved to be! Ever since its premiere in 1875 it has been overwhelmingly popular with audiences – and a challenge for pianists. Prokofiev’s celebrated ballet is so full of the most wonderful tunes and orchestral colour that it is a pity that time does not allow us to play it all, but only a generous selection.

Kabalevsky: Overture ‘Colas Breugnon’

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1
Movement 1

Movement 2

Movement 3

Prokofiev: ‘Romeo and Juliet’
Montagus and Capulets: Dance of the Knights

The Young Juliet





Romeo and Juliet: Love Scene

Death of Tybalt

Romeo at Juliet’s Grave