Promoting live orchestral performance in the community since 1922

Concerts

Season Tickets for the 2016/17 Season are priced at £40.50 (adults) and £20.25 (students). Please email tickets@farnboroughsymphony.org.uk or call 07582 345898 for more details and general ticket enquiries.

June Concert - 2015/16 Season

Saturday 11 June 2016, 19:45
Adults: £12.00
Students: £6.00
Princes Hall, Aldershot, GU11 1NX - Venue Map

Guest Conductor : Pablo Urbina

Brahms : Academic Festival Overture
Elgar : Three Bavarian Dances
Rachmaninov : Symphony No 2 in E Minor

Our 2015/16 season culminates in a symphony which is generally considered as the most touching and thrilling ever written. It also seems to have more notes than any other symphony in the main repertoire! However, not one note is wasted as the music never fails to lift the human spirit to higher and higher poetic spheres. The first half of the concert deliberately contains two more concise and light-hearted works to whet the appetite. Brahms composed the overture during the summer of 1880 as a musical "thank you" to the University of Breslau, which had awarded him an honorary doctorate the previous year. In typical Brahms humour, the overture incorporates a series of student drinking songs! By contrast, the Three Bavarian Dances were written as a memento of a holiday the Elgars had enjoyed in Upper Bavaria in the autumn of 1894. We hope that you enjoy this varied conclusion to the season.

November Concert - 2016/17 Season

Saturday 19 November 2016, 19:45
Adults: £13.50
Students: £6.75
Princes Hall, Aldershot, GU11 1NX - Venue Map

Guest Conductor : William Carslake
Soloist :
 Irina Lyakhovskaya (Piano)

Tchaikovsky : Waltz from Eugene Onegin
Rachmaninov :
 Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor
Shostakovich : Symphony No.10 in E Minor

The FSO’s new season is ushered in with works by three giants of Russian music. Once again, we are delighted to be joined by soloist, Irina Lyakhovskya, whose intimate knowledge of the repertoire of her native Russia is bound to open up the emotional depths of Rachmaninov's much-loved Piano Concerto No. 2. Well known as the soundtrack for 'Brief Encounter', this work cannot fail to tug at the listener's heart strings. The other major work of the evening is Shostakovich's epic 10th Symphony. Described as 48 minutes of tragedy, despair, terror, and violence and two minutes of triumph, it is widely accepted as a depiction of the Stalinist years in Russia. No Russian evening would be complete without a contribution by Tchaikovsky and the waltz from Eugene Onegin provides a lighter note on which to begin the FSO's 95th year.

January Concert - 2016/17 Season

Saturday 14 January 2017, 19:45
Adults: £13.50
Students: £6.75
Farnham Maltings, Farnham, GU9 7QR - Venue Map

Guest Conductor : Robert Hodge
Soloist :
 Jonathan Ayling (Cello)

Rameau : Suite from Dardanus
Tchaikovsky : Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
Brahms : Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73

At the start of a new year, the FSO is excited to be welcoming back cellist, Jonathan Ayling, to perform the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations. Based on an original theme written in the Rococo style, (Tchaikovsky was a great admirer of Mozart), the work comprises a theme and seven variations and is the closest the composer came to a full cello concerto. Jonathan's rendering of this technically-challenging piece is not to be missed. The other major work in the concert is Brahms' 2nd Symphony, which was composed during a visit to Austria in 1877. With his typical humour, the composer wrote of it, "I have never written anything so sad, and the score must come out in mourning", although the symphony actually expresses a cheerful and pastoral mood! The concert begins with an orchestral suite drawn from an opera composed by the French Rococo composer, Rameau, in 1739. The opera tells the story of Dardanus, the son of Electra and Zeus in classical mythology. The plot is full of sea monsters, gods and magicians, providing an excellent curtain-raiser for our new year concert.

March Concert - 2016/17 Season

Saturday 18 March 2017, 19:45
Adults: £13.50
Students: £6.75
Farnham Maltings, Farnham, GU9 7QR - Venue Map

Guest Conductor : Harry Ogg
Soloist :
 Marina Piccinini (Flute)

Honegger : Pastorale d'été
Ibert :
 Flute Concerto
Milhaud : Le Boeuf sur le Toit
Tchaikovsky : Symphony No. 5 in E Minor

The FSO’s March concert has a strong international flavour and it is appropriate and exciting to welcome internationally-acclaimed flautist Marina Piccinini, who is in demand worldwide as a soloist and recording artist, for Ibert's concerto for flute and orchestra. Jacques Ibert made a name for himself in Paris between the wars and it is from this era that the flute concerto dates. The opening work of the concert is a symphonic poem inspired by Arthur Honneger's holiday in the Swiss alps in 1920. It has been described as "a musical impression of a peaceful early morning in the Swiss alps". By contrast, Milhaud's surrealist ballet score, Le Bouef sur le Toit (literally The Ox on the Roof) uses nearly 30 Brazilian folk tunes to evoke the spirit of the country. Originally intended as a film score to a Charlie Chaplin silent film, it was inspired by two years which the composer spent in Brazil during World War I. The concert concludes with the supremely melodic Symphony No. 5 by Tchaikovsky. The work met with mixed reaction when it was premiered but, over the years, it has established itself as one of the composer's best loved symphonies. After all, who can fail to be struck by the lyrical horn solo in the 2nd movement?

June Concert - 2016/17 Season

Saturday 10 June 2017, 19:45
Adults: £13.50
Students: £6.75
Princes Hall, Aldershot, GU11 1NX - Venue Map

Guest Conductor : Holly Mathieson
Soloist :
 Nicholas Bootiman (Viola)

Bray : Black Rainbow
Walton :
 Viola Concerto
Elgar : Enigma Variations

The final concert of the season opens with an exciting work by up-and-coming composer, Charlotte Bray. Commissioned by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and premiered in 2014, 'Black Rainbow' is a work in two movements inspired by the Pageant Amphitheater in New Hampshire. In describing it, the composer wrote: " A rainbow seen at night can be referred to as a black rainbow; difficult to see, the colours are often hidden; a metaphor for something sought after but impossible to attain, an alluring ongoing search." The listener cannot fail to be intrigued by the prospect of the musical expression of these ideas. The first half of the concert concludes with the Walton Viola Concerto, a classic work of the twentieth century, and it is a pleasure to welcome Nicholas Bootiman to perform it. Written in 1929 at the suggestion of Sir Thomas Beecham, the concerto was greeted with great enthusiasm and established the composer at the forefront of British music. The season concludes with the familiar Enigma Variations. Elgar dedicated the work 'to my friends pictured within', each variation being a musical sketch of one of his circle of close acquaintances. In naming his theme ‘Enigma’, Elgar posed a challenge which has generated much speculation but has never been conclusively answered. As you listen to the characteristic melodies, why not see if you can decipher the enigma?

For more information on past concerts, see the drop-down menu at the top of the page

Our Sponsors

Paris Smith LLP logo Currie & Brown logo Vail Williams logo React Marketing logo

FSO Recordings by Farnborough Symphony Orchestra

  1. Strauss - Die Fledermaus Overture (excerpt 1)
  2. Strauss - Die Fledermaus Overture (excerpt 2)
  3. Khatchaturian - Adagio from Spartacus (excerpt)
  4. Brahms - Variations on a theme by Haydn (excerpt)
  5. Dvorak - Violin Concerto 1st movement (excerpt)
  6. Dvorak - Violin Concerto 2nd movement (excerpt)
  7. Dvorak - Violin Concerto 3rd movement (excerpt)
  8. Dvorak - Slavonic Dance
  9. Vaughan Williams - English Folk Song Suite
  10. Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake Waltz
  11. Unknown - String Quartet Piece
  12. Radio Interview with FSO Music Director and Players