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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.

November 2015 Concert Series

Saturday, 14th November, 2015, 7:30 pm at St. Peter's Church, Shaldon
Sunday, 15th November, 2015, 7:30 pm at St. John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes

John Goldie-Scot: Kaleidoscope (World Premiere) - Elgar: Cello concerto - Shostakovich: 10th Symphony

Kara JaneThe TSO is full of talented musicians, one of them being our trombone player, John Goldie-Scot. Apart from his abilities on the trombone, John is also an exceptionally talented composer, recently winning first prize in the NCEM Young Composers Award. The TSO, in line with our policy of supporting young composers and musicians, asked John to write a piece for us, and the result is Kaleidoscope, which will receive it's world premiere in this series of concerts.

The concerto in this programme is the Elgar Cello Concerto, and we are delighted to have Cara Janes with us as soloist. Cara is a terrific young cellist from Sale, Cheshire. She is currently studying with Nicholas Jones at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) for a BMus Hons. degree.

The concert concludes with Shostakovich's 10th Symphony. John Mangum in programme notes for the LA Phil sums up the symphony thus:

"Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony is 48 minutes of tragedy, despair, terror, and violence and two minutes of triumph. Since the end of the 1970s, the most widely accepted interpretation of the work has seen it as a depiction of the Stalin years in Russia, when between eight and 20 million people died as a direct or indirect result of Stalin’s regime and when those who didn’t lived in constant fear. Shostakovich certainly felt the capriciousness of Stalin’s rule first-hand – he was publicly denounced, his works proscribed, and his status reduced to that of a “non-person.” Friends and colleagues disappeared, many of them never to return. The horror of these years – and the collective sigh of relief that doubtlessly followed when Stalin died on March 5, 1953 – certainly make a plausible program for Shostakovich’s Tenth"

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.