Welcome to the Guildford Symphony Orchestra

The Guildford Symphony Orchestra is Surrey’s premier orchestra – the only orchestra in the County performing large-scale symphonic works. Founded in 1919 the orchestra attracts local musical talent across many generations and all walks of life. Doctors, teachers, lawyers, homemakers, students, engineers, accountants and more. We’ve been delighting audiences for over 100 years and continue to receive great feedback about our performances.

I thought the standard of playing by the orchestra was some of the best I have heard for a long time

“I hadn’t expected such high quality playing – I wanted to just keep listening”

Find out what makes the GSO so special by joining us at one of the concerts featured below.

It’s 2020 and the GSO are back rehearsing,  plus we interview two of the soloists taking part in our Young Artists’ Concert on 25th January.

Click here to read the GSO’s January update.

Our 2020 concerts

In 2019, the Guildford Symphony Orchestra celebrated 100 years of music making. In 2020 we start our next century with an exciting array of new musical boundaries and concerts.

On Saturday 25th January at 12.30 pm we will be holding our Annual Young Artists’ Concert, showcasing the finalists in the Una Clark Competition. Once again the venue for this popular event is St Catherine’s School in Bramley. Five talented young soloists will perform music by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Rodrigo and Shostakovich. This variety of music is equally matched by the diversity of our soloists – two pianists, one violinist, a harpist and a saxophonist. Every year our audiences are dazzled by the artistry of the young musicians we showcase and our 2020 concert promises to be just as exciting. Please support these young musicians by joining us for this special event.

Click here to find out more information about our five fabulous young soloists.

Tickets are now available from the GSO Box Office by clicking on the button below.

On 29th March we host our Spring Concert at Charterhouse Hall in Godalming. This features Brahms’ final symphony No.4, which has been delighting audiences ever since its first performance in 1885.  It’s a popular piece of music that shouldn’t be taken for granted. Dive below the surface of its beautiful melodies and you soon discover the strands of melancholy that Brahms has – perhaps prophetically – threaded into his last great symphony. It’s fabulous music with a real power and intensity. From a GSO perspective, we can’t wait to play it!

We are also delighted to welcome Yoanna Prodanova as our soloist for the Lalo Cello Concerto. Yoanna is an award-winning Graduate of the Guidhall School of Music and regularly performs in world class venues such as the Wigmore Hall. Last year she featured on a CD release of the Brahms Clarinet Trio, which is available online at Presto Music – just click on the link below.

Buy Joo's CD here

This is expected to be another popular GSO concert, so please secure your tickets now by clicking on the GSO Box Office button below.

On 16th May at 7.30 pm we end our 2019/2020 Season back at GLive in Guildford for a rousing evening of Russian classics, including the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2.  Sensationally beautiful music performed by your premier community orchestra!

Tickets for the 16th May Concert at G-Live will be available soon. Please just click on the button below for the GLive Box Office.


The Guildford Symphony Orchestra is currently performing its 2019/20 concert season

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