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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
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SASO’s New Year’s Day resolution is to “keep dancing”!

From the cha-cha-cha and Hungarian czardas, to the mambo and Viennese waltz, St Albans Symphony Orchestra intends to "keep dancing" at its annual New Years Day concert in St Albans Cathedral (7pm, Friday 1st January).  Its programme of classical dance favourites ranges from the exotic Bacchanale that Camille Saint-Saens composed for his ope... Read more

December 2015
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“…some truly great sounds”: critic praises SASO in Dvorak Requiem

"Few who heard it in St Albans Cathedral on Saturday could fail to agree that this powerful and dramatic work should be heard far more often" writes Herts Advertiser critic John Manning , reviewing the 2015 St Cecilia Festival Society performance of Dvorak's Requiem. in St Albans Cathedral. "With a choir of around 120 drawn from Harpende... Read more

November 2015