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Season Tickets for the 2015/16 Season are priced at £36 (adults) and £18 (students). Please email or call 07582 345898 for more details and general ticket enquiries.

November Concert - 2015/16 Season

Saturday 21 November 2015, 19:45
Adults: £12.00
Students: £6.00
Princes Hall, Aldershot, GU11 1NX - Venue Map

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

Mussorgsky : Night on the Bare Mountain
Rachmaninov :
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Khachaturian :
Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
Borodin : Symphony No.2 in B Minor

The FSO’s new season starts with a ‘Russian’ evening, and who better to capture the slavic passion of the music than our soloist, Irina, who last played with the orchestra in 2011. Her profound understanding of Russian repertoire is certain to touch us deeply in her ‘Rach-Pag’ performance. The other major piece is Borodin's 2nd Symphony, which is considered one of the composer's greatest works; it anticipates many ideas that appear much later in the music of Stravinsky. The two remaining works are well known, having have been used in cinema and TV: the Mussorgsky in the film ‘Fantasia’ and the Khachaturian, in a reduced version, for the TV series ‘The Onedin Line’; we shall be playing the thrilling full-length original version.

January Concert - 2015/16 Season

Saturday 16 January 2016, 19:45
Adults: £12.00
Students: £6.00
Farnham Maltings, Farnham, GU9 7QR - Venue Map

Guest Conductor : Ben Palmer
Soloists :
Francesca Barritt (Violin); Morwenna Del Mar (Cello)

Cherubini : Medea Overture
Brahms : Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A Minor
Beethoven : Symphony No.3 in E Flat Major "Eroica"

For our first concert of 2016, we welcome two soloists who are both descendants of two famous musicians: Paul Barritt and Norman Del Mar. Francesca and Morwenna are a great team and we look forward to their rendering of the much-loved Brahms Double. The Cherubini overture may seem unfamiliar but the FSO recently played some short excerpts from ‘Medea’ as Carl Davis used them in his score for the film ‘The General’, which was performed in Farnham in 2012. This time we shall play the original version. The concert concludes with one of Beethoven's best known works: the 'Eroica' symphony, which was inspired by Napoleon but whose name was famously erased from the front page when the composer became disillusioned with his imperialist ambitions. We look forward to experiencing the profound emotional depth of this great work.


March Concert - 2015/16 Season

Saturday 19 March 2016, 19:45
Adults: £12.00
Students: £6.00
Farnham Maltings, Farnham, GU9 7QR - Venue Map

Guest Conductor :  Tom Seligman
Soloist : So-Ock Kim (violin)

Elgar : Violin Concerto in B Minor
Dvorak : Symphony No.7 in D Minor

It is a genuine pleasure to welcome violinist, So-Ock Kim as our soloist in a year when we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Yehudi Menuhin. Menuhin made an early recording of Elgar’s violin concerto (with Elgar conducting) at the age of 16! Also prodigiously talented, So-Ock was (at 15) the youngest ever winner of the gold medal in the prestigious Shell/LSO Competition playing the Tchaikovsky concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra in the Barbican Hall. The Dvorak work is being played by the FSO for the first time. The symphony was commissioned in 1884 by the Philharmonic Society of London and Dvorak wrote of it to a friend: "I am now busy with this symphony for London, and wherever I go I can think of nothing else. God grant that this Czech music will move the world!!". We look forward to it moving our small corner of England!

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.

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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