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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

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