Dima Bawab

Autumn concert promises passion, fate and foreboding…

Passionate themes of love, fate and death dominate the opening concert of St Albans Symphony Orchestra’s new season – including final masterworks from the great romantic composers Tchaikovsky and Richard Strauss (7.30pm, Saturday 15 October, St Saviour’s Church, Sandpit Lane, St Albans AL1 4DF). Playing under the baton of Tom Hammond, its newly-appointed principal conductor,... Read more

September 2016
Emma Johnson (photo: John Batten)

Clarinet star Emma Johnson headlines SASO’s new season

International clarinet star Emma Johnson is among a series of musical treats lined up by St Albans Symphony Orchestra for its new season which starts this autumn. Celebrated since she became the first-ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 1984, Emma will appear on 24 June next year performing Lost Lanes, Shadow Groves, a concerto by the contemporary British comp... Read more

August 2016

“….excellent playing from all concerned”

SASO's summer concert featuring Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No1 and the monumental Symphony No 5 by Mahler has been highly praised by John Manning, music critic of the Herts Advertiser. Of the Mahler performance, he writes that: "... under guest conductor William Carslake, the entire orchestra rose to the challenge of this wonderfully moving and epic work to achieve a top quality perfor... Read more

June 2016

SASO summer concert mixes romance with passion, tragedy and loss

St Albans Symphony Orchestra (SASO) promise a heady mixture of passion, joy and tragic loss at their summer concert – combining the romantic Cello Concerto No 1 by Camille Saint Saens with the searing intensity of Gustav Mahler's Fifth Symphony. (7.30pm, Saturday 25th June, St Saviour’s Church, Sandpit Lane, St Albans AL1 4DF.) Both works were acknowledged to be ahea... Read more

June 2016
MAYElgar - portrait

SASO plan to take audience on Elgar’s “passionate pilgrimage”

St Albans Symphony Orchestra (SASO) plans to transport its audience on a musical rollercoaster from exuberant joy to heartfelt grief when it performs Sir Edward Elgar’s Second Symphony in St Saviour’s Church, Sandpit Lane on Saturday May 14th (7.30pm : pre-concert talk at 7pm). First performed in 1911, the symphony is dedicated to the memory of King Edward VII.... Read more

May 2016
Tom Hammond

Tom Hammond to conduct SASO from 2016-17

St Albans Symphony Orchestra (SASO) is delighted to announce the appointment of Tom Hammond as its new Principal Conductor. Tom succeeds Bjorn Bantock, who left last summer after five years in charge. He will starting working with the orchestra on a regular basis in the autumn.  He was chosen from more than 40 applicants for the post and a selection process that included an opportunity to guest conduct this year’s... Read more

April 2016