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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.

June 2015 Concert Series


Saturday, 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

Beethoven: Symphony no 1 - Dvorak: Cello concerto - Bruckner: Symphony no 4

Valerie WellbanksIn our June series, we continue with this season's theme of 2 Symphonies and a Concerto. First on the programme is Beethoven's 1st Symphony in C Major. In this symphony, (which is an absolute gem) the seeds of the revolutionary innovations that Beethoven would introduce in his later works are already sown.

Then - the wonderful Valerie Wellbanks joins us as soloist in Dvorak's cello concerto. Valerie was the soloist a couple of years ago in the Lutoslawski concerto and simply wowed the orchestra and audience alike. We are delighted to have her back.

After the interval, Bruckner's 4th Symphony. If you are not familiar with Bruckner, this is an opportunity to hear one of his finest symphonies. Listening to Bruckner is akin to walking through a magnificent cathedral full of grandeur, resplendent and awe inspiring, but with beautiful little nooks and crannies too.

We hope you will join us!

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.