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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
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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
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Critics praises “dazzling” Mendelssohn concerto

John Manning, music critic for the Herts Advertiser, was impressed  by rising violin start Cristian Grajner de Sa playing Mendelssohn's Concerto on March 5th – and by SASO's playing under guest conductor Leon Gee in Britten's Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes. “Although Cristian Grajner De Sa is still an undergraduate he dazzled his audience ill St Albans on Saturday with his... Read more

March 2016

Rising violin star to play Mendelssohn concerto at SASO’s March concert

One of Britain’s rising violin stars will play the hugely popular Mendelssohn Violin Concerto when St Albans Symphony Orchestra (SASO) performs its early spring concert on Saturday March 5th (7.30pm, St Saviour’s Church,  Sandpit Lane, AL1 4DT).   Although only 21 years old, and still a third-year student at the Royal Academy of M... Read more

February 2016
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SASO’s New Year 2016 concert “a huge success”, declares critic

SASO's New Year Concert for 2016 was "a huge success" according to John Manning, music critic of the Herts Advertiser. His review notes that: "From the start with Saint-Saens' rousing Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah it was obvious that the orchestra was on form and working well with its guest. And the good work continued with Mascagni... Read more

January 2016