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TSO PicThe 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.


March 2017 Series - 11th and 12th March, 2017

Debussy: L'apres Midi d'un Faune - Schumann: Cello concerto in A - Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra

benjamin_tarlton.jpgTSO are delighted to be performing at the Teignmouth Festival on Saturday, 11th March. The following day, Sunday 12th March, we are back at our normal Totnes venue, St Johns in Bridgetown.

Buy tickets for the Teignmouth concert on 11th March at: here

Buy tickets for the Totnes concert on 12th March here

We have a truly wonderful and exciting programme for these concerts. Debussy's L'Apres Midi d'un Faune sets the scene - Herbert Glass summed it up beautifully in his programme notes:

"The inspiration for Debussy’s quiet revolution was a poem by his friend Stéphane Mallarmé, L’après-midi d’un faune (The Afternoon of a Faun) inspired in turn by a François Boucher (1703-1770) painting in the National Gallery in London. The final result was music of unprecedentedly hazy, shimmeringly suggestive lasciviousness, its melodies – with a faintly Eastern cast – strange and undeveloped, its harmonies elusive, its tonalities ambiguous. Its musical syntax, like none before, was one that would profoundly affect composers of the following century. Pierre Boulez observed, “The flute of the Faun brought new breath to the art of music; what was overthrown was not so much the art of development, as the very concept of form itself… the reservoir of youth in that score defies depletion and exhaustion.”

After the Debussy, Schumann's Cello concerto with soloist Benjamin Tarlton. Benjamin studied with Sharon McKinley and Alexander Baillie before attending the Yehudi Menuhin School in 2011 to study with Thomas Carroll. In 2014, he received a scholarship to The Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study with Louise Hopkins.

Ben regularly attends masterclasses and festivals. In May of 2016 he was selected as a Fellow to participate in the Piatigorsky cello festival in Los Angeles. Ben has performed in venues such as Wigmore Hall, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Muziekegebouw in Amsterdam, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and in a recital at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad.

In November 2016, he was one of two soloists to play for The LSO’s Donatella Flick conducting competition semi-finalists, with The Guildhall Symphony Orchestra.

And to finish - Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra - simply one of the great works of the 20th century - exhilarating, virtuosic, breathtaking!

Buy tickets for the Teignmouth concert on 11th March at: here

Buy tickets for the Totnes concert on 12th March here

TSO receives grants from 'Awards for All' and local Charitable Foundations

Over 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.
Torbay Council
Gemini Trust
Margery and Geoffrey Jones
Mitchell Trust
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.