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St Cecilia Festival seeks new friends for Dvorak’s neglected masterpiece

When Alex Flood raises his baton to conduct Dvorak’s Requiem in St Albans Cathedral on Saturday October 31st (7.30pm) it will be 125 years to the day since the great Czech composer completed the orchestration of one of his least-familiar masterpieces. Premiered a year later in Birmingham, the work displayed the combination of drama, tender lyrici... Read more

October 2015
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“…one of the best performances…ever”

SASO's summer concert of English music was one of its best ever, according to John Manning, music reviewer for the Herts Advertiser. He reports that in a highly-polished account of Elgar's Enigma Variations "every member of the orchestra gave of their very best",  providing a fitting farewell for Bjorn Bantock, the orchestra's Principal Conductor for the past five years. He was... Read more

July 2015
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SASO’s summer celebration of English music

St Albans Symphony Orchestra (SASO) celebrates English music at its best for its summer concert on Saturday 27th June – with leader Jennifer Wigram and her son David both featuring as soloists (7.30pm St Saviour’s Church, Sandpit Lane, AL1 4DF). Jennifer, who has been SASO’s leader since 1981, will perform The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan-Williams. Written four years after the Great War, it's... Read more

June 2015
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Bjorn Bantock leaving SASO after five years at the helm

St Albans Symphony Orchestra (SASO) is preparing to appoint a new principal conductor, following a decision by Bjorn Bantock to step down next month after five years at the helm. Bjorn, 42, is credited with achieving an all-round improvement in the orchestra’s playing standards, attracting talented new players and drawing audience and critical approval for a series of exciting concerts.... Read more

June 2015
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Vacancy for a Principal Conductor

Bjorn Bantock will be leaving St Albans Symphony Orchestra at the end of its 2014/15 season, creating a vacancy for a Principal Conductor. The orchestra, which brings together amateur and semi-professional players, welcomes applications for the post from experienced and inspiring musicians whose leadership will maintain and surpass its current high standards of performance. A two-page job description, including details of remunerati... Read more

May 2015