Robert Thompsonsmallest Kaupo Kikkas

Orchestra’s “all-Scandinavian success story”

Herts Advertiser critic, Geoff Ward reviewing SASO's May 9th concert writes that the orchestra has "improved immeasurably under their dynamic conductor, Bjorn Bantock" "The concert began with the popular Karelia Suite, which was Sibelius's first commission for nationalist music. This was a very satisfying performance, especially by the brass section. There was a nice cor ang... Read more

May 2015
Robert Thompsonsmallest Kaupo Kikkas

Grieg, Sibelius and Nielsen lead SASO’s Nordic spring celebration

    Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto – popular even before Morecambe and Wise hilariously put "the right notes in the wrong order” – will provide the centrepiece of the St Albans Symphony Orchestra’s spring concert on Saturday May 9th, featuring favourite works by Scandinavian composers (7.30pm, St Saviour’s Church, Sandpit Lane, St Albans AL1... Read more

April 2015

Weekend workshop April 24/25th: Lutosławski: Concerto for Orchestra

Friday 24th April (7.30pm to 10pm) & Saturday 25th April (10.30am to 6pm) 2015 Townsend School, High Oaks, St Albans, AL3 6DR WEEKEND ORCHESTRAL WORKSHOP In memory of Babs Yule (1920-2010) Witold Lutosławski: CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA String, trumpet, tuba and percussion/keyboard players of a high standard (grade 7/8+) are invited to join St Albans Symp... Read more

March 2015

SASO’s Beethoven “exciting and inspirational” says critic

Herts Advertiser critic, John Manning, believes SASO's all-Beethoven concert was one of its best concerts ever. "With members of the Hertfordshire Chorus and other local choirs as well as a team of top class soloists, the orchestra and its conductor Bjorn Bantock produced an evening of music which must rate as one of the most outstanding in the many yea... Read more

March 2015

‘Choral’ Symphony promises a rousing end to SASO’s Beethoven cycle

Beethoven’s ‘Choral’ Symphony –  among the greatest and most uplifting of all classical compositions – comes to St Albans Cathedral on Saturday March 7th (7.30pm) in a double bill with another of his best-loved works, the Piano Concerto No 4.   The performance by St Albans Symphony Orchestra is set to provide the rousing conclusion... Read more

February 2015
Alissa Firsova

“Passion in every note”: Rachmaninov at SASO’s New Year concert

Alissa Firsova's performance of Rachmaninov's 'Paganini Rhapsody' at SASO 2015 New Year Concert won high critical praise. According to John Manning, writing in the Herts Advertiser, she "breathed expression and feeling into every one of the set of variations" and worked with conductor Bjorn Bantock to achieve "a top-quality performance o... Read more

January 2015