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Concerts

Season Tickets for the 2017/18 Season are priced at £40.50 (adults) and £20.25 (students). Please email tickets@farnboroughsymphony.org.uk for more details and general ticket enquiries.

Shostakovich, Stravinsky

Saturday 15 June 2019, 19:45
Adults: £13.50
Students: £6.75
Princes Hall, Aldershot, GU11 1NX - Venue Map

Conductor: William Carslake
Soloist: Hiroko Imai

Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1947)
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2
Stravinsky: Concerto in D
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9 in E flat major

Our final concert of the season is a celebration of the work of two Russian composers: Stravinsky and Shostakovich. A highlight of the evening is the latter's second piano concerto which enjoys enduring popularity on account of the soulful and wistful Andante. This, together with the other two vivacious movements, sets the concerto apart from many of the composer's other works in its sense of freedom and abandon. To perform this delightful work, we are very excited to welcome the young Japanese pianist, Hiroko Imai (Photo: Gerhard Flekatsch) who is a multi-award-winning soloist in her native country.

The Stravinsky elements of the concert comprise two works, one for wind instruments and the other for strings. The Symphonies for Wind Instruments, which was composed in 1920 in memory of Claude Debussy, grew from a chorale, drawing on Russian folk idoms. The Concerto in D was composed much later in 1946 just after Stravinsky's naturalisation as a US citizen and reflects his exposure to a diversity of musical styles.

The final work of the season is Shostakovich's 9th Symphony, which was completed just three months after the Allied victory in Europe. In contrast to the majesty and triumphalism the critics were expecting, the symphony is a small-scale almost neoclassical work which reflected Shostakovich's attitude to the political elite; as he said, "I couldn’t write an apotheosis to Stalin, I simply couldn’t". A Russian critic described it as "old man Haydn and a regular American sergeant unsuccessfully made up to look like Charlie Chaplin, with every possible grimace and whimsical gesture." We hope this excites your curiosity enough to make the concert unmissable; why not take to social media and tell us what you think?

Elgar, Brahms

Saturday 16 November 2019, 19:45
Adults: £13.50
Students: £6.75
Princes Hall, Aldershot, GU11 1NX - Venue Map

Conductor: Johann Stuckenbruck
Soloist: John Myerscough (Cello)

D.Matthews: Sinfonia
Elgar: Cello Concerto 
Brahms: Symphony No. 1

Family Concert

Saturday 11 January 2020, 00:00
Adults: £13.50
Children: £6.75
Venue TBD

Conductor: William Carslake

To include:
Purcell: March and Canzona for Queen Mary
Mozart: Gran Partita (slow movement)
Copland: Hoe-Down
Schumann: Konzertstuck (first movement)
Hans Zimmer: Pirates of the Carribean
Young Composers' Competition: Fanfare
Rossini: William Tell Overture
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 (first and fourth movements)
Haydn: Symphony No. 45 "Farewell" (finale)
John Powell: How to Train Your Dragon

Prokofiev, Stravinsky

Saturday 14 March 2020, 19:45
Adults: £13.50
Children: £6.75
Farnham Maltings, Farnham, GU9 7QR - Venue Map

Conductor: William Carslake
Soloist: So-Ock Kim (Violin)

Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1
Young Composers' Competition Winner:
Stravinsky: Firebird (1945)

New World

Saturday 13 June 2020, 19:45
Adults: £13.50
Students: £6.75
Princes Hall, Aldershot, GU11 1NX - Venue Map

Conductor: Toby Thatcher

Verdi: Nabucco Overture
Hindemith: Nobilissima Visione
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9

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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