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Alissa Firsova and SASO to renew their performing partnership, with Brahms

The internationally acclaimed pianist and composer Alissa Firsova will renew her partnership with St Albans Symphony Orchestra (SASO) on Saturday 6 May, performing a pillar of the classical repertoire: the Piano Concerto No 1 in D-minor by Brahms (7.30pm St Saviour's Church, Sandpit Lane, AL1 4DF). Alissa grew up in St Albans after her composer parent... Read more

April 2017
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SASO set to scale two towering peaks of Russian repertoire

Two towering peaks of Russian music – a world-favourite violin concerto and one of the greatest 20th century symphonies – are being brought together for St Albans Symphony Orchestra’s concert on Saturday 11 March (7.30pm, St Saviour’s Church, Sandpit Lane, St Albans AL1 4DF). Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto  has delighted audiences for more than a century with its unsurpassed... Read more

February 2017
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“Dynamic Tom leads SASO into 2017 concert success…”

Critic Geoff Ward, writing in the Herts Advertiser, says he has never heard SASO play better than on January 2nd  at its 2017 New Year Concert in St Albans Abbey. He  praises the "sparkling" performance of Richard Strauss's  under the orchestra's "dynamic and charismatic new conductor", Tom Hammond. Leader Jenny Wigram is also singled out for her solo playing in... Read more

January 2017
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SASO prepares a musical firework display for New Year

St Albans Symphony Orchestra (SASO) is preparing to detonate a fizzing mixture of musical fireworks to welcome New Year on Monday January 2nd at the Abbey (7pm). The bank holiday date may be unusual – a consequence of New Year’s Day falling on a Sunday – but the programme will be packed as ever with a combination of favourite classics and show-stopping surprises. Traditionalists can look fo... Read more

December 2016
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‘Tom gets off to a flying start…’ as SASO’s new principal conductor

"New conductor Tom Hammond got St Albans Symphony Orchestra's new season off to a fine start on Saturday (15 October) with a programme aimed to please," says critic John Manning, writing in the Herts Advertiser. SASO's performance of Tchaikovsky's 'Pathetique' Sixth Symphony 'gave full weight to the emotions of the work' while Richard... Read more

November 2016