Manu Brazo and a New Saxophone Concerto by Darrell Davison
Date Posted: Wed, 19 Jan 2022
The GSO are pleased to announce that one of the highlights in our Spring Concert at Charterhouse School on Sunday 27th March will be a new Saxophone concerto composed by our Music Director Darrell Davison. We are also delighted to be welcoming back an awarding winning solist Manu Brazo to perform the work. Manu has performed with the GSO on a number of occasions and is a past winner of the GSO's Jellinek Award for young soloists.
To find out more about the new concerto and Manu Brazo then please visit our Artist Profile page by clicking here.
Full details about the Spring Concert and online ticket details will be made available soon on the GSO website.
Brahms Requiem and GSO's 'Splendid Comeback'
Date Posted: Mon, 29 Nov 2021
Over 18 months since the pandemic stopped live performances, the GSO returned to G-Live Guildford on 20th November with a programme dedicated to Brahms - Symphony No.1, followed by the mightly German Requiem. This collaboration with Guildford Choral Society built upon the orchestra's successful Centenary concert in 2019, which featured Beethoven's 9th Symphony.
Two conductors shared the rostrum. GSO's Musical Director Darrell Davison started the concert by leading the orchestra through Brahms' 1st Symphony. Then after the interval, Jonathan Willcocks from Guildford Choral Society conducted the choir and orchestra for the German Requiem. The choir and orchestra were joined by two soloists: bass Michael Ronan and the soprano Louise Fuller, a late replacement,
Shelagh Godwin's review summed up the evening by saying: 'in everyway, this was a memorable concert'.
Please click here to read Shelagh Godwin's full review.
Green shoots of recovery
Date Posted: Thu, 23 Sep 2021
After a year of cancelled rehearsals due to Coronavirus restrictions, the GSO reunited during the early summer months for a series of informal get togethers. Using a new venue - Christ Church in Guildford - the orchestra were able to perfom again in a covid-safe enviroinment. During the short series of rehearsals the orchestra covered a range of classic symphonies such as Sibelius 2 and Brahms 4. These early sessions have paved the way for the resumption of more regular rehearsals during the Autumn term. With the confirmation of the first concert since lockdown taking place on 20th November the orchestra will be focusing exclusively on Brahms - the German Requiem and 1st Symphony.