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 2015 Concert Series
Saturday, March 14th, 2015, 7:30 pm at St. Peter's Church, Shaldon
Sunday, March 15th, 2015, 7:30 pm at St. John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes
Prokofiev: Symphony no 1 (Classic) - Schumann: Piano concerto, performed by Thomas Hicks - Dvorak: Symphony no 8Soloist Tom Hicks joins The Torbay Symphony Orchestra in Schumann's Piano Concerto, an exciting work in the style of a Fantasia. After a powerful cascade of piano chords the oboe's wistful theme carries us into a delightful conversation between piano and orchestra.
The concert begins with Prokofiev's Classical Symphony which draws upon elements found in the music of Haydn and Mozart, such as order, balance and clarity but strongly reflects modern compositional techniques such as rhythmic contrast and contrapuntal lines.
After the interval, the orchestra returns with Symphony Number 8 by Anton Dvorak, a delightful piece inspired by the Bohemian folk music so loved by Dvorak.
June 2015 Concert SeriesSaturday, June 20, 2015, 7:30 pm at St. Mary's Church, St. Marychurch, Torquay
Sunday, June 21, 2015, 7:30 pm at St. John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes
Dvorak: Cello concerto - Bruckner: Symphony no 4More details soon!
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.