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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

Tango Fiesta FlyerPulsating 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!

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.

2016-2017 Season

FAMILY CONCERT – TOY STORIES!Sunday 2nd October at 3.30 pm, St Catherine’s School, Bramley
Mazurka –CoppeliaDelibes
Berceuse – Dolly SuiteFaure
Funeral march of a MarionetteGounod
The Top and Hobby HorseBizet
Toy SymphonyMozart
Fantastic Toy ShopRossini
The Magic BoxRichards
Nutcracker – Trepak and WaltzTchaikovsky
David Leonard – Narrator BOX OFFICE
‘FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE’Saturday 19th November at 7.30 pm, GLive   From Russia With Love
Overture – Russlan and LudmillaGlinka
 In the Steppes of Central AsiaBorodin
Piano Concerto No 2Tchaikovsky
Symphony No 2Rachmaninov
Masa Tayama – Solo Piano BOX OFFICE
YOUNG ARTISTS’ CONCERTSunday 19th February at 3.30pm, St Catherine’s SchoolUCYAC Flyer
Outstanding young soloists from the Guildford area perform concerto movements with the orchestra and are awarded the prestigious Jellinek prize.
SPRING CLASSICSSunday 26th March at 7.00 pm, Great Hall, Charterhouse SchoolCharterhouse Flyer
Overture – Consecration of the HouseBeethoven
Violin ConcertoSibelius
Symphony no. 9 – Great C MajorSchubert
Joo Yeon Sir – Solo Violin BOX OFFICE
TANGO FIESTA!Saturday 20th May at 7.30 pm, GLive
Cuban OvertureGershwin
Grand TangoPiazzolla
Conga del FuegoMarquez
Tango FueroJackson
Samba BrazilianaPandeiros
Five Classic TangosSeiber/Gardel
West Side Story – SuiteBernstein
Liubov Ulybysheva – Solo Cello Tango Fiesta Dancers Sambadrome Drummers BOX OFFICE

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