Since our concert in March 2020, we have not been able to perform as an orchestra due to the Covid pandemic.
We started playing together again with three Repertoire evenings, on Wednesday 9th, 16th and 23rd June. We were able to use the guidance from Making Music to meet with caution and no orchestra members have reported a Covid infection since these rehearsals.
Looking ahead, we have booked the Stag Theatre for two concerts this autumn, on 17th October and 21st November 2021. Our autumn rehearsals will start again on Wednesday 8th September. We will make plans based on the guidance in place at the time so we may have to adapt our rehearsals and performances; it is likely these autumn concerts will not follow our usual format.
Our supporters, season ticket holders and patrons remain very important to the orchestra and we will send out information on future plans as soon as possible.
We collaborate with our local choir the Sevenoaks Philharmonic Society and will be performing with them as part of the Sevenoaks Summer Festival. The SPS are actively looking for new singers to join for this season. You can find more details on their web site.
The Sevenoaks Symphony Orchestra is made up of 70 local musicians with a professional conductor and leader. We are set up as a charity. Our aim is to make live orchestral music available locally, so we are delighted to share some recent audience reactions :
“A joy to see so many enthusiastic, talented, committed people enjoying playing together ”
“...a really beautiful sound and carefully phrased lyricism from the strings; a superb atmosphere generated and held’”
“...how great last night’s concert was... Symphony From the New World is one of my all-time favourites and you guys smashed it! ”
Our three subscription concerts each season focus particularly on 19th and 20th century masterpieces which are attractive and enjoyable for our audiences, and at the same time interesting and challenging for us as players. In addition we present our very popular Family Concerts in October and a Taste of Classics concert in the New Year, a short mid-week concert with complimentary glass of wine.
Most of our concerts take place in the Stag Sevenoaks, our local theatre. We rehearse each Wednesday at Sevenoaks Primary School. If you are an instrumentalist thinking of joining, please use the Contact us page
The SSO passed two important milestones in 2020. It is 75 years since our first concert in May 1945 and also 40 years since the first concert conducted by Darrell Davison in November 1980. Darrell has been instrumental in developing both the orchestra and our audience and he continues to be a huge asset to us all. We very much hope to celebrate these two anniversaries (belatedly) in our performances in future.
Joanna Kiely (Chairman)
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