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.
This work is a major landmark in the musical world. Its first performance in 1913 caused a riot, but it has now taken its rightful place as a staple part of the symphony orchestra repertoire.
It would be very difficult to include Stravinsky's ballet masterpiece in our formal concert series, as the stage area will not accommodate the forces required (including quintuple woodwind, eight horns, five trumpets, two timpani players etc). We took the opportunity to work on it with our conductor Adrian Brown on Sunday 10th June.
We rehearsed over several sessions during the day, and the final session was open to the public. Adrian introduced the work at 5.30pm, followed by an informal performance at about 6pm (ending around 6.30). The hall was set up "in the round" to enable us to accommodate the resources required and to allow the audience to get up close to the action!
The session was free, but donations were welcome; no tickets were issued.
|Beethoven Egmont Overture
Bliss Violin Concerto
Brahms Symphony No. 1
Beethoven portrays a heroic struggle for freedom from Spanish religious oppression in the Netherlands. Bliss lived through the upheavals of world wars, holding fast to his optimism. Brahms took up the challenge of Beethoven, in a symphony of titanic conflict, resolved in a blaze of light.
Bromley Symphony Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the financial support of The Bliss Trust for this performance of the Bliss Violin concerto. Fans of the composer may also be interested in the activities of the Bliss Society.
Introduction and Beethoven: Egmont
Bliss: Movement 1
Bliss: Movement 2
Bliss: Movement 3
Brahms: Introduction and Movement 1
Brahms: Movement 2
Brahms: Movement 3
Brahms: Movement 4
Ludwig van Beethoven
Grieg "Peer Gynt" (selection)
Mozart Horn Concerto No. 3
Beethoven Symphony No. 3 - "Eroica"
Why does some music gain universal popularity and fame? Great tunes, freshness, vitality, romance, drama – all are shown in this concert. Grieg’s spirited portrayal of the adventures of ‘Peer Gynt’ is among the most played orchestral music. Mozart’s humour and high spirits in a showpiece for the French horn has immediate appeal. And on every hearing, the revolutionary drama of Beethoven ‘Eroica’ strikes the listener anew with the shock of a journey from tragedy to triumph.
Sir Edward Elgar
‘The Composer’s Inspiration’
Bach (arr Elgar) Fantasia & Fugue in C Minor
Anthony Payne "Spring's Shining Wake"
Elgar (realized Payne) Symphony No. 3
The idea of this very colourful orchestration of Bach’s great organ work came from a meeting between Elgar and Richard Strauss. After the death of his wife in 1920, many believed that Elgar’s inspiration had faded. However, reviewing the sketches for Elgar’s unfinished last symphony, Anthony Payne found the music ‘leapt from the page’ for his acclaimed and deeply satisfying completion which he will be introducing at this concert. We celebrate Payne’s own 70th birthday with a performance of his serene work, which was inspired by Delius’s ‘In a Summer Garden’.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
‘Darkness into Light’
Sibelius "Pohjola's Daughter"
Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1
Tchaikovsky "The Nutcracker" Ballet - Act 2
Sibelius’s overture tells a story from Finland’s epic poem ‘The Kalevala’ in which an old magician tries to woo an alluring, beautiful maiden. We welcome Shostakovich’s Centenary year with this concerto, which begins darkly with driving energy, and after a subdued slow movement with one of his warmest melodies, ends in a festive finale. By contrast Tchaikovsky’s ‘Nutcracker’ offers a fairy tale entertainment with charming and popular dance music.
‘The Sounds of Nature’
Mahler Symphony No. 3
with "The Carroll Singers" and Trinity Boys' Choir
In Mahler’s romantic vision ‘a symphony is like the world, it must contain everything’. His third symphony, written at his retreat in the Austrian Alps in 1893-4, was first titled ‘A Summer Morning’s Dream’ and is a wonderful orchestral pageant of nature and human experience. It includes a sublime movement for soloist and chorus, and ends in an exultant finale ‘What Love Tells Me’.