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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 2014 Concert Series

Saturday, June 14 2014, 7:30 pm at St. Mary's Church St. Marychurch, Torquay

Sunday, June 15  2014, 7:30 pm at St. John's Church, Totnes

This exciting pair of concerts opens with the Torbay Symphony Orchestra performing Four Sea Interludes from the Opera, Peter Grimes, by Benjamin Britten. The orchestra is then joined by Ofer Falk to play the exciting Violin Concerto No 1 by Beethoven. After the interval, the TSO returns to interpret Symphony No 1 by Elgar

Ofer Falk , first violinist of the Allegri Sting Quartet, returns to Torbay to perform Beethoven's exciting Violin Concerto. In addition to a demanding poerformance schedule, Ofer is a professor of violin at Trinity College of Music in London.

Elgar's Symphony Number 1, hailed as the 'musical event of the year' after its first performance in Manchester in 1908, continues to please audiences. The long opening theme of the first movement suggests a procession that passes by, returns throughout the symphony. An abrupt transition catapaults us into the Allegro of the first movement. The musical contrasts in mood and pulse eventurally lead us back to the opening theme. The bright scherzo, with its quick tempo also features a short march taht returns at the end of the movement. The beautiful Adagio leads us into the  thrilling Finale.

 Summer Moon Festival

Thursday, June 19 2014, 7:30 pm at Kingskerswell

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.