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 – Tango Fiesta!
Saturday 20th May – G Live, 7.30 pm
Pulsating Latin rhythms, live Tango dancers, and a Rio Carnival atmosphere courtesy of a percussion section in meltdown: the Guildford Symphony Orchestra’s Tango Fiesta will explode into life on Saturday 20 May. A vivid and vivacious programme, featuring many of the showpieces that made the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra and their flamboyant conductor Gustavo Dudamel, will see the doctors and teachers of the GSO shed their Surrey in favour of foot-tapping music from the fleshpots of early 20th century Buenos Aires.
Highlights include Ravel’s Bolero, dances from West Side Story, Piazolla’s Grand Tango and Libertango, and Gershwin’s Cuban Rumba. It features Tango dancers from the Guildford School of Acting and the Sambadrome Drummers.
Soloist Liubov Ulybysheva returns to GSO to perform a special tango for cello originally commissioned for Rostropovich.
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|