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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.

November Concert - 2017/18 Season

Saturday 18 November 2017, 19:45
Adults: £13.50
Students: £6.75
Princes Hall, Aldershot, GU11 1NX - Venue Map

Guest Conductor : Lewis Gaston

Walton : Spitfire Prelude and Fugue
Britten : Sinfonia da Requiem
Winters : The Serious Side of Madness
Vaughan Williams : Symphony No. 2 (London)  

The FSO’s new season begins with works by four 20th/21st-century British composers. Vaughan Williams' London Symphony, the main work of the evening, is based on some sketches he had made for a symphonic poem about London.  With the encouragement of his friend and fellow compsoser, George Butterworth, to whom the work is dedicated, he decided to "throw them into symphonic form" (Vaughan Williams' words). The resulting work was first performed in 1914 but was subject to several revisions over subsequent years and the version we are performing is nearly 20 minutes shorter than the original. The other major work of the evening is Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem, which is the composer's largest purely orchestral work for the concert hall. It was commissioned by the Japanese government to mark the 2,600th anniversary of the founding of the Japanese Empire. Although it was rejected by the Japanese authorities, it has remained a popular part of the orchestral repertoire. We are also very excited to be playing a work by leading contemporary British composer, Elizabeth Winters, our very own Principal Viola. The piece is curiously titled but we will leave it to Elizabeth on the night to introduce and explain the inspiration behind her music. The Walton Spitfire Prelude and Fugue completes the programme with a nod to the Orchestra's aeronautical heritage.

January Concert - 2017/18 Season

Saturday 13 January 2018, 19:45
Adults: £13.50
Students: £6.75
Farnham Maltings, Farnham, GU9 7QR - Venue Map

Guest Conductor : Mark Summerbell
Soloist :
 Irina Lyakhovskaya (Piano)

Brahms : Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb Major
Sibelius : Symphony No.5 in Eb Major

At the start of 2018, the FSO is delighted to be welcoming back pianist, Irina Lyakhovskaya, to perform Brahms' monumental second piano concerto. Completed in 1881, the work is unusual in that it is in four movements rather than the three more typical of the Classical and Romantic periods. With his customary humour, the composer described the concerto as "some little piano pieces", which belies the performance time of around 50 minutes. The other work in the concert is Sibelius' fifth symphony. Commissioned by the Finnish government to honour the composer's 50th birthday in 1915, it is well known for the iconic horn theme of the final movement, which depicts the majestic flight of swans. Whilst working on the symphony, Sibelius wrote in his diary, "Today I saw 16 swans. God, what beauty! They circled over me for a long time. Disappeared into the solar haze like a silver ribbon." What better way to welcome in the New Year than to recapture this vision in the beauty of the composer's music?

March Concert - 2017/18 Season

Saturday 17 March 2018, 14:30
Adults: £13.50
Students: £6.75
Farnham Maltings, Farnham, GU9 7QR - Venue Map

Guest Conductor : Mark Biggins
Narrator :
 Katy Ashworth (as seen on CBeebies)

Family Concert - Programme to include:

Wagner : Ride of the Valkyries
Vaughan Williams :
The Lark Ascending
Beethoven :
1st Movement of Symphony No 5
John Williams : Jurassic Park
Prokofiev : Peter and the Wolf 
Bernstein: Mambo from West Side Story
John Williams : Main Theme from Star Wars

The FSO's March concert is a little different from usual. Its aim is to appeal to music lovers of all ages and it therefore draws upon a wide range of popular works, many familiar to younger generations as film theme tunes. We are particularly excited to welcome local actress, Katy Ashworth, who will be familiar to younger audience members from her work with CBeebies, to narrate the timeless story of Peter and the Wolf. Well known for presenting the TV programme 'I Can Cook', Katy featured in the inaugural CBeebies prom at the Royal Albert Hall in 2014. The concert will take place at 14:30 so make sure you make a note of the unusual start time. We look forward to welcoming you to an exciting afternoon of musical fun.

June Concert - 2017/18 Season

Saturday 16 June 2018, 19:45
Adults: £13.50
Students: £6.75
Princes Hall, Aldershot, GU11 1NX - Venue Map

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

Bizet : Carmen Suite No. 2
Lalo :
 Symphonie Espagnole
De Falla : Dances from The Three-Cornered Hat
Bernstein : Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

The final concert of the season has a pronounced latin theme and features one of Lalo's best known works, the Symphonie Espagnole, which today is more usually considered as a violin concerto. To perform this exciting piece, we are delighted to welcome back So-Ock Kim, who so enthralled us with her performance of the Elgar Violin Concerto in 2016. The Spanish theme is sustained with Bizet's second Carmen suite, which opens the concert, and Dances from De Falla's ballet, The Three Cornered Hat, a story about an infatuated magistrate's attempts to seduce the faithful wife of a miller. The season will close with the vibrant orchestral suite prepared by Bernstein in 1961 from his highly successful musical, West Side Story, which depicts 'Romeo and Juliet'-inspired love blossoming in the gang culture of 1950s New York.

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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