Tom Hammond (left) and soprano Dima Bawab at rehearsing in St Saviour's Church

‘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

SASO children’s concerts both sold out!

Heavy demand for advance tickets mean that both SASO children's concerts on Sunday November 6th have sold out. We look forward to seeing our capacity audiences on the day and apologise to anyone that was still hoping to buy tickets. Little monsters, princesses, superheroes and witches are invited to wear fancy dress for musical fun and mayhem on Sunday 6 November when St Albans Symphony Orchestra's perform their pop... Read more

October 2016
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