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.
YOUNG ARTISTS’ CONCERT
COMPETITION TO FIND FIVE SOLOISTS
We are offering 5 Jellinek Awards** of £200
And an opportunity to perform with the
GUILDFORD SYMPHONY ORHESTRA
On Sunday 19th February 2017
Entrants must be aged 23 or under,
Must live within a 40 mile radius of Guildford
Or have been born in Surrey
ALL INSTRUMENTS AND SINGERS MAY APPLY
Application forms and details may be found here
Next Concert – Toy Stories
Sunday 2nd October, 3.30 pm, St Catherine’s School
The GSO kicks off its 2016-17 season with another of its hugely popular Family Concerts. From Mozart’s Toy Symphony (replete with cuckoo and horse rattle) to Bizet’s ferociously chromatic Spinning Top and the gentle Berceuse from Faure’s beloved Dolly Suite, the great composers bring the toyroom to life. David Leonard, famous as the evil Miss Trunchbull from the stage production of Matilda, narrates with his usual relish.
For little ones getting their first taste of classical music, to the grandparents holding hands, a fun afternoon of music for children old and young.
A star rises over the Aegean… and five stars for the GSO!
Jamal Aliyev won thunderous applause and a 5-star review for his performance of the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No 1 in our Charterhouse concert on the 20th March. A Sunday evening, the first signs of spring, and an over-crowded week for musical events in Guildford led to a slightly thinner audience than we hoped for, but they nonetheless gave Jamal a rapturous ovation for a performance that held nothing back. Prof Forbes, reviewing for the Surrey Advertiser gave the concert the maximum five stars, commenting:
The young cellist Jamal Aliyev, born in Azerbaijan, is already an international star. His rendering of Shostakovich’s famous First Cello Concerto was a delight, with every detail lovingly attended. Technical demands and expressive communication were never in doubt.
The orchestra has been lucky enough to work with several superstars in the making over recent years, and Jamal is surely another addition to what is becoming a distinguished list of alumni. The orchestra won praise, too, for a performance of Brahms’ First Symphony described as “… memorable and authoritative”, and for the imaginative programming of Nielsen’s Helios Overture.
Wendy Ratcliffe, stalwart GSO cellist and committee member over many years, spoke movingly of her personal experience of the support given by the Fountain Centre, our designated charity for the concert, which inspired the audience to part with a fantastic £640 in the retiring collection.
The New Mighty Five…?
The best audience in several years piled into the wonderful new auditorium in St Catherine’s School in Bramley on February 21st, for what hopefully will be the first of many Una Clark Young Artists’ Concerts held there. Audience feedback about the new venue was overwhelmingly positive, with the excellent raked seats providing what one attendee described as the “…best view of the orchestra we’d ever had”, and the lovely acoustic had listeners, players and conductors alike purring. The soloists were extremely strong, standing out even though the standard has been especially high in recent years, and were given an appreciative review by the ever-generous Shelagh Godwin of the Surrey Advertiser:
… Lithuanian-born Silvja Scerbaviciute is no mean flautist! A conclusion easily reached after a performance of Poulenc’s remarkable Flute Sonata, upgraded by Lennox Berkeley into a concerto. This was a faultless performance and one of much passion in the central slow movement, and technical skill in a piece that coves a wide range. The orchestra accompanied superbly and the single orchestral flautist employed in this piece was especially good.
The full programme was
Brahms – Violin Concerto (Finale) Laure Chan – violin
Albinoni – Oboe Concerto in D Minor Nicola Hands – oboe
Poulenc – Sonata for Flute Silvija Scerbaviciute – flute
Sarasate – Carmen Fantasy Kamila Bydklowska – violin
Grieg – Piano Concerto (2nd and 3rd Movements) Sophia Dee – Piano
It’s Magic – Over 600 Bewitched!
Our 2015 Family Concert lived up to its magical billing, attracting its largest audience in a generation. An audience of well over 600 children, parents, wizards and muggles packed out the Guildford Spectrum Arena in a mesmerising show by narrator David Leonard and our own Chief Mugwump, Darrell “Dumbledore” Davison.
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|‘FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE’||Saturday 19th November at 7.30 pm, GLive|
|Overture – Russlan and Ludmilla||Glinka|
|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