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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 2017 Series - 10th and 11th June, 2017

Bach: Ricercare a 6 (arr. R Gonski) - Sibelius: Concerto for Violin - Bach: Ricercare a 6 (arr. Anton Webern) - Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (1919)

Ofer-Falk.jpgThe TSO welcomes back the wonderful Ofer Falk as soloist in the Sibelius Violin Concerto. Ofer has performed on a number of occasions with the TSO over the past few years, always to great acclaim. Born in Israel in 1967, Ofer studied with the legendary pedagogue Ilona Feher in Tel-Aviv and later with Professor Dora Schwarzberg in Vienna. Isaac Stem, Pinchas Zuckerman, Josef Gingold, Menahem Pressler and members of the Guarneri and the Borodin Quartet have also coached him. Ofer is now an associate professor of violin at Trinity Laban, and has performed as a soloist and recitalist in most of the main venues, including the Bolshoi and Mali Saal in Moscow. Orchestral experience includes two years as leader of the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra (1996-1998), guest leading with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as well as frequently guest leading the English Chamber Orchestra.

The concert opens with an arrangement by the TSO's music director Richard Gonski of J S Bach's 'Ricercare for 6 voices'. The 2nd half of the concert opens with an arrangement by Anton Webern of the same piece. Webern's orchestration is extraordinary - the themes and counter themes are passed between the different instruments of the orchestra resulting in an almost pointillistic effect, with dynamics and tempo markings that highlight motivic detail in the music.

The concert ends with the 1919 version of Stravinsky's Firebird Suite.

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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.