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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 2016 Concert Series

Saturday, 12th March, 2016, 7:30 pm at St. Marychurch, Torquay
Sunday, 13th March, 2016, 7:30 pm at St. John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes

Beethoven: Symphony no 2 - Richard Strauss: Horn Concerto no 1 - Schumann: Symphony no 2

The TSO is full of talented musicians, one of them being our French Horn player, Rachel Strange. In this concert series, Rachel will be the soloist in Richard Strauss' 1st horn concerto.

A Symphony no 2 on each side of the Strauss - Beethoven's 2nd opens the concert, and Schumann's 2nd closes it. The juxtaposition of Beethoven and Schumann is no co-incidence - Schumann, more than any other 19th composer, developed the structural changes that Beethoven introduced to the symphonic form and stretched them even further - the idea that a melodic phrase can appear and re-appear throughout the symphony and moving from one movement to another without a break were just two examples.

Above all, Schumann's 2nd symphony is full of the most beautiful music, so if you aren't familiar with it, this is your chance!

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.