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.
Christmas Concert - Saturday 10th December, 2016 at St John's, Totnes
A festive concert to warm us all up before the XMas break - our Music Director has relented and there are no pieces younger than 138 years in the programme. Take advantage while you can!
We open with the overture to Weber's Der Freischütz
(1821) - a tale of love and the devil, Der Freischütz is generally
considered to be the first important German Romantic opera. Full of lush
melodies, harmonies and moments of utter magic, Weber conjures up an
atmosphere fit for a December night.
The concert concludes with Tchaikovsky's sublime 4th symphony (1878) - ballet music in all but name, this is sparkling beautiful music that will send you home smiling and full of festival joy
Buy tickets to this concert here.
March 2017 Series - 11th and 12th March, 2017
TSO are delighted to be performing at the Teignmouth Festival on Saturday, 11th March. The following day, Sunday 12th March, we are back at our normal Totnes venue, St Johns in Bridgetown.
A late romantic cello concerto, a first course of French impressionism and Bartok's virtuosic masterpiece, the Concerto for Orchestra to finish.
More details and tickets 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.