Mighty ‘Organ’ symphony features in a festive feast of French music


A feast of French music at St Albans Symphony Orchestra’s spring concert matches the majestic sound of an orchestra playing at full throttle with the mighty organ of St Albans Cathedral (7.30pm, Saturday 9 May)…
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SASO New Year Concert makes the Viennese connection


Concert-goers around the world agree that New Year and Viennese music make an unbeatable combination  – and St Albans Symphony Orchestra’s concert in the Cathedral on Wednesday 1st January 2020 (7pm) showcases works that happily…
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St Albans St Cecilia Festival Society concert ‘a triumph’ at the Cathedral


John Manning, music critic of the Herts Advertiser, enjoyed the 2019 St Albans St Cecilia Festival concert as “a triumph on several levels” Combining a group of amateur choirs for a one-off performance can produce…
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St Cecilia Festival forces combine for a Russian spectacular


Friday 13th October 2017: We are sorry to announce that Anna Gorbachyova is unable to sing tomorrow evening. The soprano soloist will be Eldrydd Cynan Jones. St Albans Cathedral will reverberate with the sound of cannon-fire…
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Wanted: Little Monsters (and other furry friends) for SASO’s children’s concerts


Little monsters (furry friends as well as fiends) are  wanted on Sunday October 11th for St Albans Symphony Orchestra’s popular annual concerts for children (2pm repeated at 3.30pm, St Saviour’s Church, Sandpit Lane, St Albans)….
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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