Torbay Symphony Orchestra is a full-sized symphony orchestra which regularly
performs concerts to a wide range of audiences across South Devon. Musicians
come from far and wide to play in the orchestra which is based in Totnes, a
market town well known for its alternative culture.
Under the baton of conductor Richard Gonski and led by violinist Chris Eastman, the TSO enjoys a reputation for embracing all kinds of music in our concerts, from the familiar and popular to acclaimed performances of contemporary repertoire and music specifically commissioned by the orchestra from living composers.
June 2014 Concert Series
Saturday, June 14th, 2014, 7:30 pm at St. Mary's Church St. Marychurch, Torquay
Sunday, June 15th, 2014, 7:30 pm at St. John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes
Britten: 4 Sea Interludes - Beethoven: Violin Concerto - Elgar: 1st SymphonyThe TSO's spring series of concerts opens with the 'Four Sea Interludes' from the opera, "Peter Grimes", by Benjamin Britten. Apart from writing beautiful music, Britten managed to take his audiences with him, no mean feat in the 20th century!
The depiction of the sea in the Four Sea Interludes is extraordinary - in the 4th interlude, 'The Storm', one can feel the waves pounding and rolling - in the first interlude, 'Dawn', the calm almost eerie first light is perfectly portrayed by a flute and high strings. In the third, 'Sunday Morning', Britten has produced what must be the first real piece of minimalism in the 20th century. If you don't know these interludes, don't miss the opportunity to hear them live!
The orchestra is then joined by Ofer Falk as soloist in Beethoven's violin concerto in D Major. Ofer is 1st violinist of the Allegri Quartet and Professor of violin at Trinity Colege of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. We are absolutely delighted to have him back as soloist and we absolutely gaurantee that you are in for a treat.
After the interval, some more English music, this time, Edward Elgar's First Symphony. The symphony, hailed as the 'musical event of the year' after its first performance in Manchester in 1908, continues to enthrall audiences. Beautiful melodies, pulsating rhythms and and a maturity astonishing for such a young man are hallmarks of this work.
The Saturday concert at St. Marychurch is part of the annual Babbacombe Fastival. We are delighted to be part of this festival and would like to thank the organisers for their support.
The 2014 Summer Moon Festival at Kingskerswell begins with a ‘Night at the Proms’ concert by the Torbay Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy stirring traditional flag waving and singing along with old favourites, Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem, Rule Britannia, etc. This event is held under cover in the marquee, is fully seated and is not weather dependent!
TSO receives grants from 'Awards for All' and local Charitable FoundationsOver recent years, the orchestra’s reputation has grown immensely resulting in ever-increasing audience numbers. Consequently the TSO has been able to secure sponsorship from both the local business and charity sectors. In the last 3 years alone this has totalled over £11,000. These awards have been crucial to the orchestra’s desire to reach out to the local community, in particular to provide free music workshops in local schools and free admission to our concerts for children under16 and disadvantaged groups. The TSO has also won funds to commission new music from local composers. Other funds have enabled us to purchase vital new equipment such as percussion and music stands. Some of our sponsors include:
Lottery Awards for All.
Margery and Geoffrey Jones
The Lewis Trust
South Hams Radio
The Elmgrant Trust
The Torquay Charities
Beacon Park Removals Totnes
The TSO is extremely grateful to these organisations for their support.