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

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
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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
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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