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Season Tickets for the 2014/15 Season are priced at £36 (adults) and £18 (students). Please email or call 07582 345898 for more details and general ticket enquiries.

June Concert - 2013/14 Season

Saturday 14 June 2014, 19:45
Adults: £12.00
Students: £6.00
Princes Hall, Aldershot, GU11 1NX - Venue Map

Chabrier : España
Strauss : Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche, Op.28
Holst : 'The Planets', Op.32

The June extravaganza is almost a ‘Concerto for Orchestra’ concert of works for very large orchestra. Coincidentally all the items celebrate key anniversaries: Chabrier (120 years since his death), Strauss (150th birthday) and Holst (140th birthday). The Planets is scored on an expansive scale and was premiered at Queen's Hall by Holst's friend, Adrian Boult, on the 29th September 1918. Holst's use of orchestration is very imaginative and colourful and its novel sonorities helped make the work an immediate success with audiences at home and abroad. For this work we are delighted to welcome back Roy Rashbrook with a ladies choir drawn from Hart Voices and the Chantry Singers. The hidden female voices bring The Planets to an end from an adjoining room, where the door should slowly close bringing a serene silence to the auditorium and a mysterious end to the FSO's 92nd season.

Wind Tunnel Concert

Saturday 12 July 2014, 19:45
All tickets: £12.00 (Season Tickets are NOT valid for this concert)
Historic 24' Wind Tunnel (Q121), Hall Road, Farnborough Business Park, GU14 7JP

Conductor : Ben Palmer

Soloists : Tessa Welford and Beverley Hull (Violins)

Bach : Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043
Bach :
Air from Suite No. 3 in D, BWV 1068
Mozart : Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525
Elgar : Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20
Britten : Simple Symphony, Op. 4

In collaboration with the Wind Tunnel Project, Farnborough Symphony Orchestra is embarking on a new venture to perform a concert in the historic 24 Foot Wind Tunnel on the old Royal Aircraft Establishment site. The orchestra's founder, Sir Ben Lockspeiser, was amongst those involved in the design of the 24 Foot Tunnel and, over the years, many members have been engaged in research work conducted in the facility. This historic link makes it particularly appropriate that, many decades on, the FSO should be performing in this Grade 1 listed venue.

Organised by Artliner, the Wind Tunnel Project is a contemporary art exhibition which will run for six weeks in buildings Q121 and R52. Opened in April 1935, Q121 is the largest wind tunnel in Great Britain with a 30 foot mahogany wood blade and is the most complete example in Europe. During the interval of the concert, there will be an opportunity for the audience to view the Wind Tunnel and enjoy the art exhibition.

For the concert itself, the Strings of the FSO will take the audience on a journey 'from Bach to Britten'. Guest conductor, Ben Palmer, will lead us from the baroque purity of Bach, in the company of violin soloists Tessa Welford (leader of the FSO) and Beverley Hull, via the classical delicacy of Mozart and the characteristic romanticism of Elgar, to a Britten work contemporary with the opening of the Wind Tunnel. Don't miss this unique opportunity to join the Orchestra in rediscovering its aeronautical roots.

November Concert - 2014/15 Season

Saturday 15 November 2014, 19:45
Adults: £12.00
Students: £6.00
Princes Hall, Aldershot, GU11 1NX - Venue Map

Soloist : Clare Howick (Violin)

Glinka : Overture: 'Ruslan and Ludmila'
Dvorak :
Legends, Nos 3 and 1, Op.59
Bruch : Violin Concerto No 1 in G min, Op.26
Brahms : Symphony No 3 in F maj, Op.90

The FSO's 93rd season gets off to an exciting start with a varied programme of 19th century music. Our first soloist, Clare Howick, is considered one of the leading violinists of her generation. She has made a variety of recordings, including one exclusively of British women composers, and in her hands, the Bruch concerto is certain to be splendid. Many FSO players have asked for Brahms’ Symphony No 3, which was last played in 1997, and it seems appropriate that a beautiful rarity by his friend and colleague, Dvorak, is included in the same programme.

January Concert - 2014/15 Season

Saturday 17 January 2015, 19:45
Tickets: £12.00
Children £6.00
Farnham Maltings, Farnham, GU9 7QR - Venue Map

Soloist: Shannon Wagstaff (Clarinet)

Rossini : Overture: 'The Barber of Seville'
Wolf : Italian Serenade
Mozart : Clarinet Concerto, K622
Delius : Intermezzo 'Fenimore and Gerda'
Mendelssohn : Symphony No 4 in A maj 'Italian', Op.90

Our first concert of 2015 embodies more than a hint of the Mediterranean to melt away the winter blues. Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4 was inspired by the colour and atmosphere of Italy, which was experienced by the composer during a European tour between 1829 and 1831. Writing from Rome to his sister, Fanny, he said, "It will be the jolliest piece I have ever done, especially the last movement." The Italian theme is continued with Hugo Wolf's 'Italian Serenade', which features our Principal Viola, Philip Thorne, and a much-loved overture by Italian composer, Gioachino Rossini. The ever popular Mozart Clarinet Concerto also provides the opportunity to show off the skills of our own Principal Clarinet, Shannon Wagstaff.

March Concert - 2014/15 Season

Saturday 28 March 2015, 19:45
Adults: £12.00
Students: £6.00
Farnham Maltings, Farnham, GU9 7QR - Venue Map

Soloist : Jonathan Ayling (Cello)

Weber : Overture: 'Der Freischütz'
Borodin : In the Steppes of Central Asia
Saint-Saëns : Cello Concerto No 1 in A min
Bruch : Symphony No 3 in E maj, Op.51

For our March concert, we are thrilled to welcome back the outstanding cello soloist, Jonathan Ayling, who delighted the audience with his rendering of the Dvorak concerto in 2011. This time he will be performing the Saint Saëns cello concerto, which was considered by Shostakovich and Rachmaninov to be the greatest concerto for that instrument. The concert will conclude with Max Bruch’s 3rd Symphony, which has been on our ‘requests list’ for some time. Despite being a romantic evocation of the Rhineland, it was in fact written in Liverpool and first performed in New York.

June Concert - 2014/15 Season

Saturday 13 June 2015, 19:45
Adults: £12.00
Students: £6.00
Princes Hall, Aldershot, GU11 1NX - Venue Map

Soloist : Ruth Kerr (Soprano)

Tchaikovsky : Overture: 'Romeo and Juliet'
Berg : Seven Early Songs
Sibelius : Symphony No 2 in D maj, Op.43

Alban Berg’s Seven Early Songs were requested by the orchestra but he happens to be one of our Music Director, Mark Fitz-Gerald's favourite composers: a ‘super-Brahms’ of the twentieth century. Soprano Ruth Kerr, who performed with us last year, is joining us again and is certain to give an inspired interpretation. The much requested ‘Romeo and Juliet’ overture (last played by the FSO in 1987) starts the concert and the mighty Sibelius Symphony No 2 brings our season to a close.

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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
  12. Radio Interview with FSO Music Director and Players