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FSO Appoints New Principal Viola

FSO Appoints New Principal Viola

24 January 2017

The FSO is very excited to announce that Elizabeth Winters has been appointed our new Principal Viola following her concert audition last week. Elizabeth studied viola, piano and recorder at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and subsequently continued her viola studies on the undergraduate course, but is perhaps better known as a composer after a hand injury led her to focus on this. Read More »

FSO Seeks Applicants for Artistic Director

FSO Seeks Applicants for Artistic Director

02 January 2017

FSO is very pleased to announce that we are seeking an Artistic Director. This is an exciting opportunity for someone to lead the orchestra in our next phase, building our skills and repertoire and also serving the local community in Hampshire and Surrey. Read More »

FSO Appoints New Principal Clarinet

FSO Appoints New Principal Clarinet

25 November 2016

FSO is delighted to announce that Nathan Winters has been appointed Principal Clarinet. Nathan first started learning the clarinet when introduced to it by his primary school headmaster. Throughout high school he had lessons with David Campbell and then joined the Purcell school as a sixth former. Between 1999 and 2003 he attended the Royal College of Music (RCM) as a Foundation Scholar. At the RCM he studied with Janet Hilton, Tim Lines, Michael Collins and Emma Johnson. Read More »

FSO Announces Guest Conductors for 2016/17 Season

FSO Announces Guest Conductors for 2016/17 Season

22 June 2016

The FSO has just announced an exciting line-up of guest conductors for its 2016/17 season. Taking up the baton will be William Carslake, Robert Hodge, Harry Ogg and Holly Mathieson.  Read More »

Vail Williams to Sponsor the FSO Leader

Vail Williams to Sponsor the FSO Leader

14 October 2015

Leading real estate advisers, Vail Williams, are to sponsor the Leader of the Farnborough Symphony Orchestra. Read More »

Mark Fitz-Gerald Stands Down as Musical Director

Mark Fitz-Gerald Stands Down as Musical Director

05 July 2015

Mark Fitz-Gerald has announced his resignation as Musical Director of the Farnborough Symphony Orchestra and he will not be conducting the 2015/16 season. Read More »

FSO Appoints New Leader

FSO Appoints New Leader

18 June 2015

The FSO is delighted to announce the appointment of Hollie Chapman as the Leader of the orchestra with effect from the start of the 2015/16 season. Read More »

FSO Seeks New Leader

FSO Seeks New Leader

23 September 2014

It is with regret that the FSO is saying "goodbye" to Tessa Welford after 23 years loyal service playing with the Orchestra, the last 6 of these being as Leader. Tessa, who over the years has also served the Orchestra tirelessly as Librarian and Chairman, is moving away from the area and will be much missed by the FSO. We all join in wishing her well in her new home. Read More »

FSO Welcomes Guest Conductors for First Two Concerts of 2014-15

FSO Welcomes Guest Conductors for First Two Concerts of 2014-15

28 August 2014

The FSO is delighted to announce that two guest conductors, Howard Williams and Ben Palmer, will be presiding over the first two concerts of the 2014-15 season. Read More »

FSO Strings bring Bach and Britten to Wind Tunnel

FSO Strings bring Bach and Britten to Wind Tunnel

13 July 2014

Yesterday evening the Strings of the FSO performed a varied programme in the imposing surroundings of Farnborough's historic 24 foot wind tunnel. The concert was a sell-out and the audience were able to enjoy the music with the unique backdrop of the tunnel's large mahogany propellor and striking concrete structures. Read More »

FSO Quartet plays for Wind Tunnel Project Launch

FSO Quartet plays for Wind Tunnel Project Launch

09 June 2014

Last Saturday, the FSO String Quartet played for the Launch Dinner of the Wind Tunnel Project. Read More »

FSO to feature in Wind Tunnel Project Launch Event

FSO to feature in Wind Tunnel Project Launch Event

03 June 2014

The Wind Tunnel Project is to launch on Saturday and several players from the FSO will play a prominent part in proceedings. Read More »

FSO to perform in historic wind tunnel

FSO to perform in historic wind tunnel

26 March 2014

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 in Farnborough. On 12th July 2014, under the baton of Ben Palmer, the Strings of the FSO will perform works ranging 'from Bach to Britten'. Read More »

FSO prepares to perform Chaplin

FSO prepares to perform Chaplin

20 March 2014

The Farnborough Symphony Orchestra is preparing to perform live orchestral accompaniment to a Charlie Chaplin silent film. The film, The Circus, is being screened at Farnham Maltings on Saturday 22nd March. Read More »

Lost FSO Archive Discovered

Lost FSO Archive Discovered

19 December 2013

Archives dating from the formation of the orchestra in 1922, which were thought to have been lost, have just been discovered. The documents, which were languishing forgotten in a local storage room, came to light during a clear-out of the FSO's music library. Read More »

FSO actively seeks viola players

FSO actively seeks viola players

20 November 2013

The FSO is actively seeking new viola players to join the orchestra, particularly with some large and exciting works coming up later in the season. Read More »

New FSO Concert Series Opens on 16th November

New FSO Concert Series Opens on 16th November

30 October 2013

Farnborough Symphony Orchestra open their new concert series on 16th November 2013 at 7.45pm at Princes Hall, Aldershot. Talented soprano, Ruth Kerr, joins the orchestra to perform excerpts from Verdi and Wagner operas . Read More »

Season Tickets for the 2013/14 Season Now Available

Season Tickets for the 2013/14 Season Now Available

12 August 2013

Brochures for the FSO's 2013/14 season have just been published and season tickets are now available to purchase. Read More »

Dynamic Violinist to perform with the FSO

Dynamic Violinist to perform with the FSO

28 May 2013

At the final concert of the 2012/13 season on 15th June, the FSO will be joined by Alexandra Wood, who will perform the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Described in The Strad magazine as “a talent to watch”, Alexandra Wood is fast establishing herself as one of the most dynamic, versatile violinists of her generation. Read More »

Orchestra prepares for final concert of 2012-13

Orchestra prepares for final concert of 2012-13

15 May 2013

The Farnborough Symphony Orchestra is preparing for its final concert of the season on Saturday 15th June 2013 at 7.45 pm at Princes Hall, Aldershot. Read More »

Concert dedicated to the memory of John Forster

Concert dedicated to the memory of John Forster

01 March 2013

The FSO's concert on 9th March will be dedicated to the memory of John Forster, who died last month. Read More »

FSO Appoints New Principal Clarinet

FSO Appoints New Principal Clarinet

17 January 2013

The FSO has appointed Shannon Wagstaff as its new Principal Clarinet. Shannon, who has previously worked as a freelance professional musician, moved to the UK from Hong Kong in 2011 and is currently studying for a Master of Education degree while working at Southbank International School in London. Read More »

FSO Welcomes in the New Year with Home-Grown Talent

FSO Welcomes in the New Year with Home-Grown Talent

05 December 2012

The FSO celebrates the New Year at Farnham Maltings on Saturday 12th January 2013 at 7.45pm with a concert featuring the home-grown talents of Tessa Welford and Beverley Hull, both of whom are prominent violinists in the orchestra. Read More »

FSO Welcomes Talented Cellist to Perform Elgar’s Cello Concerto

FSO Welcomes Talented Cellist to Perform Elgar’s Cello Concerto

07 October 2012

The FSO opens its 91st season at Princes Hall, Aldershot, on Saturday 27th October at 7.45pm with a concert featuring the talents of Bartholomew LaFollette, a dynamic cellist from Philadelphia. A graduate of the Yehudi Menuhin School, he will be performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto. Read More »

FSO Celebrates 90th Birthday in Style

FSO Celebrates 90th Birthday in Style

19 June 2012

The FSO was in party mood last Saturday as it celebrated its 90th anniversary with an exuberant Prom Concert. The Orchestra was joined by guest soloist, Rebecca Hodgetts, together with local choir, Hart Voices, and friends with links to earlier eras in the Orchestra's history. Read More »

Ben Palmer to Conduct 90th Birthday Prom

Ben Palmer to Conduct 90th Birthday Prom

14 June 2012

Due to illness, Mark Fitz-Gerald will be unable to conduct Saturday's 90th Birthday Prom Concert. The FSO is delighted to welcome Ben Palmer as Guest Conductor for the evening. Read More »

FSO Prom Concert Nearly Sold Out

FSO Prom Concert Nearly Sold Out

09 June 2012

With only a week to go before the FSO's 90th Birthday Prom Concert, tickets are selling quickly. The final concert of the FSO season, which takes place at Princes Hall, Aldershot on 16th June, looks set to be another sell-out performance. Read More »

Tickets on sale for FSO 90th Birthday Prom

Tickets on sale for FSO 90th Birthday Prom

19 May 2012

Tickets are on sale for the FSO's Birthday Prom concert on 16th June. Read More »

FSO performs "The General" to capacity houses

FSO performs "The General" to capacity houses

19 March 2012

At Farnham Maltings last Saturday, the FSO performed live orchestral accompaniment to the Buster Keaton silent comedy "The General". Both the matinee and evening events had capacity audiences whose appreciation of the performances was evident. The exciting Carl Davis score and the consummate skill of conductor, Mark Fitz-Gerald, contributed to a cinematic experience unlike any other. Read More »

Evening Performance of "The General" Sold Out

Evening Performance of "The General" Sold Out

01 March 2012

The evening performance of The General is SOLD OUT. Some additional tickets may become available at the door on the day of the performance. Alternatively, tickets are still available for the matinee performance. Read More »

Evening Performance of "The General" Nearly Sold Out

Evening Performance of "The General" Nearly Sold Out

13 February 2012

Tickets for the FSO's evening performance of "The General" are nearly sold out although seats are still available for the matinee performance. Read More »

"The General" is second in The Independent's list of silent films

"The General" is second in The Independent's list of silent films

20 January 2012

"The General" has been identified as one of the top 10 silent movies in an article in The Independent published in today's edition of the paper. Read More »

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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