Founded in 1919
The Guildford Symphony Orchestra is the borough’s premier community orchestra, and currently the only local orchestra offering a full, large-scale symphonic repertoire.
Next Concert – Una Clark Young Artists’ Concert
Sunday 19th February – St Catherine’s School, Bramley, 3.30pm
All the joie de vivre of youth will be on display at our first Spring concert for 2017 as five young soloists perform concerto movements with the orchestra and receive the prestigious Jellinek prize. One of the real highlights of the Guildford musical calendar, the Una Clark Young Artists Concert is hugely popular, and is often the one that our supporters are keenest to put in their diaries. The standard is invariably superb, and in recent years two of the finalists, trumpeter Matilda Lloyd and horn-player Ben Goldscheider, have gone on to be finalists in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. Many more have seen their careers take off, and several have returned to the orchestra as full soloists in our major concerts.
This year featured some frantic last-minute logistical changes from the committee as double the normal number of applicants had to be auditioned, so the competition has been even fiercer than usual, and we have been able to select a stellar line-up performing some of the most ferocious concerto movements in the repertoire.
This year’s winners are:
Joanna Lam – Piano, Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 1 – 1st Mvt.
Jose Manuel Brazo – Saxophone, Glazunov – Saxophone Concerto
Tatiana Righini – Flute, Chaminade – Concertino
Juliet Geraldine Wolff – Cello, Popper – Hungarian Fantasy
Artur Haftman – Piano, Chopin – Piano Concerto no.2 – 1st Mvt.
Five Stars for From Russia With Love!
The Surrey Advertiser awarded the GSO its full five stars for our November concert, From Russia With Love. An audience of over five hundred piled into G Live for an evening of unashamed romanticism, with some of the biggest, lushest tunes in the business, not to mention a performance of Glinka’s Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla that was so rapid that any latecomers were in grave danger of missing it in its entirety.
Reviewer Simon Ames praised the orchestra and Darrell’s ‘endearing’ conducting style, for capturing the richness of the symphony, and in particular of its famous slow movement. He also had generous words for the performance of the second Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto, and of the performance of Masa Tayama:
The composition … is not as well known as the composer’s first piano concerto and for this reason, it is seldom included in concept programming. Bravo to the GSO for giving it a powerful hearing and to Masayuki for a majestic performance at the keyboard, which also brought exciting sequences for solo violin and cello.
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|‘FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE’||Saturday 19th November at 7.30 pm, GLive|
|Overture – Russlan and Ludmilla||Glinka|
|In the Steppes of Central Asia||Borodin|
|Piano Concerto No 2||Tchaikovsky|
|Symphony No 2||Rachmaninov|
|Masa Tayama – Solo Piano|
|YOUNG ARTISTS’ CONCERT||Sunday 19th February at 3.30pm, St Catherine’s School|
|Outstanding young soloists from the Guildford area perform concerto movements with the orchestra and are awarded the prestigious Jellinek prize.|
|SPRING CLASSICS||Sunday 26th March at 7.00 pm, Great Hall, Charterhouse School|
|Overture – Consecration of the House||Beethoven|
|Symphony no. 9 – Great C Major||Schubert|
|Joo Yeon Sir – Solo Violin|
|TANGO FIESTA!||Saturday 20th May at 7.30 pm, GLive|
|Conga del Fuego||Marquez|
|Five Classic Tangos||Seiber/Gardel|
|West Side Story – Suite||Bernstein|
|Liubov Ulybysheva – Solo Cello Tango Fiesta Dancers Sambadrome Drummers|