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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 2014 Concert Series

Saturday, November 15th, 2014, 7:30 pm at St. Peter's Church, Shaldon
Sunday, November 16th,   2014, 7:30 pm at St. John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes

Schumann: Symphony no 3 - Bruch: Violin Concerto in G Minor - Sibelius: Symphony no 2

Elena AbadThe TSO is delighted to welcome back Elena Abad as soloist in the Bruch Violin Concerto in G Minor - Elena played with the TSO in a proms concert and left everybody, musicians and audience alike, wanting more. So don't miss the opportunity!

Born in August 1992, Elena started her violin studies at the age of 7 with professor Ara Vartanian. At the age of 8 she gave her first solo recital in Fuengirola (Málaga). At 9, she joined the “Solistas de Málaga Youth Orchestra” with whom she gave several concerts as a soloist performing Concertos by Vivaldi, Bach, Komarowsky and Accolay among many.

In 2006, she was invited to go to Japan with the “Melilla Conservatoire Orchestra” with whom she performed in different venues around the country. After this tour she assisted the International Music Course of Solsona where she received lessons by Evgeny Grach (Principal of the London Symphony Orchestra). As proposed by Mr. Grach, she moved to London to study at The Purcell School of Music with him. During her studies at Purcell, she gave several concerts with the Purcell Symphony Orchestra in venues such as The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Royal Festival Hall and The Watford Colisseum. She also gave many solo recitals in venues such as St. Martin in the Fields. As a chamber musician, she has played in the Wigmore Hall on a number of occasions.

Elena has been awarded numerous prizes: First prize in the Villanueva del Rosario National Competition (2006), First prize in the Fuengirola Conservatoire Competition (2006), First prize in the V Muñoz Molleda Andalusian Competition (2004), First prize in the XII Ángeles Reina Music Competition (2002), Second prize in the Ciudad de Bollullos Young Performers National Competition (2007) and Second prize in the Joaquín Maya National Competition (2005) among many.

At present, she is finishing her degree at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Professor Ofer Falk.


March 2015 Concert Series

Saturday, March 14th, 2015, 7:30 pm at St. Mary's Church, StMarychurch, Torquay
Sunday, March 15th,  2015, 7:30 pm at St. John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes

Prokofiev: Symphony no 1 (Classic) - Schumann: Piano concerto - Dvorak: Symphony no 8

More details soon!

November 2014 Concert Series

Saturday, June 13th, 2015, 7:30 pm at St. Mary's Church, StMarychurch, Torquay
Sunday, June 14th,  2015, 7:30 pm at St. John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes

Dvorak: Cello concerto - Bruckner: Symphony no 4

More details soon!

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.