Who we are

Welcome to the Guildford Symphony Orchestra

The GSO is Surrey's most established symphony orchestra and we've been playing and performing concerts for over 100 years.

Our 70 orchestra members come from all walks of life - doctors, accountants, teachers, and more. What unites us is the desire to play fabulous orchestral music to the very best standard.

We perform a full-scale programme of 19th and 20th century symphonic music and over the years we have covered a wide-ranging repertoire. You can find out more about our fascinating history by clicking here.

Our Musical Director is Darrell Davison, who has been conducting the GSO since 1990. We perform up to five concerts a year at different venues around Guildford, including G-Live in the heart of the town. We regularly collaborate with a range of soloists and also perform joint concerts with the Guildford Choral Society.

The musical development of young people has long been a priority for the GSO. Every year we hold the annual Una Clark competiton for aspiring young soloists, which culminates in our Young Soloists Concert at St Catherine's School in Bramley.

We also hold a themed annual Family Concert which is an inclusive event for children of all ages. It's both educational and a lot of fun.

In 2019 we celebrated the orchestra's Centenary with two major concerts - performing Elgar's 1st Symphony at St John's Smith Square in London and Beethoven's 9th Symphony at G-Live in Guildford. 

The Guildford Symphony Orchestra is a registered charity (No. 803751) and we are entirely self-funded from ticket sales, subscriptions and donations. You can make a donation here.

With 100 years of history behind us, we're now looking forward to another century of performing great music.
So, whether as a performer or audience member, we hope to see you at one of our concerts soon.