Sea Symphony concert “a triumph at the Cathedral”


The 2019 St Albans St Cecilia Festival Concert in St Albans Cathedral on October 12 was “a triumph at several levels”, according to John Manning, music critic of the Herts Advertiser. He thoroughly enjoyed the…
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Ship ahoy! Massed choirs and SASO set sail for concert inspired by the sea


The sea in all its moods – from breezy beach holidays to storm-tossed ships on mighty oceans – provides the salt-sprayed theme for the St Albans St Cecilia Festival Concert taking place in the Cathedral…
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SASO seeks biggest-ever audiences for a classic new season


St Albans Symphony Orchestra has plans to attract its biggest-ever audience for classical music in its 2019-2020 season, with three of its six concerts taking place in the city’s cathedral.   The orchestra’s New Year…
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Leader Jenny Wigram prepares to leave SASO after an amazing 40 years


 SASO’s much-loved Leader, Jenny Wigram, is leaving SASO at the end of the current 2018-19 season. Here, she looks back on a remarkable 40 years with the orchestra, all but two of them in the…
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Conductor Tom Hammond talks about SASO’s July 6 summer concert – and teaching James Corden how to conduct!


Listen to our Principal Conductor Tom Hammond as he recently talked to Radio Verulam presenter Jill Burridge about SASO’s summer concert on July 6. This features celebrated Scandinavian works: Norwegian Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto (with…
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“…the evening was a huge success for the orchestra…”


SASO’s spring concert of English classics by Elgar and Vaughan Williams found the orchestra playing at the top of its form, according to critic John Manning, writing in the Herts Advertiser. Describing the performance of…
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Epoch-making Elgar and Vaughan Williams at SASO’s spring concert


Two epoch-making works by English composers are brought together in the St Albans Symphony Orchestra’s spring concert on Saturday 11 May (7.30pm, St Saviour’s Church, Sandpit Lane, St Albans AL1 4DF).   Premiered within thirty…
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“Clare Howick’s performance was completely outstanding…”


Clare Howick, the leading British violinist who performed Brahms Violin Concerto with SASO on March 9, was ‘completely outstanding’ according to John Manning, music reviewer for the Herts Advertiser: “Brahms’ Violin Concerto is a huge…
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SASO welcomes internationally-acclaimed violinist Clare Howick as soloist


  A leading British violinist will appear with SASO on Saturday 9 March playing one of the greatest of all concertos written for her instrument (7.30pm St Saviour’s, Sandpit Lane, AL1 4DF)   Clare Howick,…
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New Year Concert review: “Throughout the evening the orchestra performed outstandingly.”


“It wouldn’t be New Year’s Day in St Albans without the annual concert at St Albans Abbey provided by the city’s symphony orchestra,” says critic John Manning, writing in the Herts Advertiser (10/1/19) “For hundreds…
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