Sevenoaks Symphony Orchestra is delighted to have made a start to the 2021/2022 season, on October 17th we performed our first concert since early in 2020.
We return to the Stag Theatre on 21st November for a stunning concert featuring four young artists. These players are carving out impressive solo careers and this concert is a wonderful opportunity to hear all four in a varied and exciting concerto programme.
Cellist Jamal Aliyev made his solo debut at the BBC Proms with the BBC Concert Orchestra in 2017 and tours widely as a soloist of exceptional talent.
Flautist Emma Halnan won the woodwind category in BBC Young Musician 2010 and delights audiences, performing widely with acclaimed orchestras.
Violinist Ionel Manciu began winning international competitions from the age of 11. He performs across Europe and is currently at the London Guildhall on an Artist Junior Fellowship.
Trumpeter Matilda Lloyd hails from Kent and won the BBC Young Musician brass category in 2014. She made her Proms solo debut in 2016 and continues to captivate audiences around the world.
The programme is made up of four concertos, all of which are new to the orchestra. If you would like to get to know the music beforehand, here are some performances on YouTube.
This 90-minute concert runs from 4:00 – 5:30pm on 21st November. Tickets are available from the Stag Theatre box office. Bring family and friends and enjoy the energy and immediacy of live music once again!
Our autumn rehearsals have started, on Wednesday evenings, in the usual venue of Sevenoaks Primary School, Bradbourne Park Road. If you are an instrumentalist thinking of joining the orchestra, please use the Contact us page
We will follow Covid guidance in place at the time so we may have to adapt our rehearsals and performances.
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.
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.
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.
Sevenoaks Philharmonic Society
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.
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