Saturday 17 March 2018

Invitation to the dance

The Banbury Symphony Orchestra invites you to join the dance!

On Saturday 17 March in Deddington Church at 7.30pm we will perform three twentieth-century masterpieces for full symphony orchestra, centred around the theme of dance.

  • Ravel – La Valse : Ravel’s spectacular orchestration is to the fore in his tribute to the Viennese waltz;
  • Bartok – Concerto for Orchestra : Bartok’s late masterpiecetreats each section of instruments in a soloistic and virtuosic way, with its second movement being a ‘Dance of the Couples’;
  • Rachmaninoff – Symphonic Dances : Rachmaninoff’s three movement Symphonic Dances is the culmination of his orchestral writing, using curious shifting harmonies as well as the lush tunes for which he is famous.

It will certainly be an evening to remember!

Tickets are £10 and 18s and under remain FREE! You can buy them from our Eventbrite page.

After our sell-out concert in November, don’t miss this great event!

Sunday 20 May 2018

May Masterworks

We’re looking forward to our annual chamber orchestra concert in St Peter’s Church, Hook Norton at 4.30pm.

  • Mendelssohn – Hebrides Overture
  • Saint-Saens – Suite Op49
  • Beethoven – Symphony No 8

Mendelssohn’s evocative ‘Hebrides’ overture describes the composer’s boat trip to Fingal’s Cave on the Isle of Staffa, with its unusual acoustics and the surrounding sea and wildlife.

Saint-Saëns’ Orchestral Suite Op. 49 has five short movements, based loosely upon baroque dance forms.

Beethoven’s witty and dynamic Eighth Symphony is a masterpiece dating from 1812, with its second movement allegedly being a parody of a musical metronome.

Tickets are £10 and 18s and under remain FREE! You can buy them from our Eventbrite page.

Our concert ticket sales have increased since we introduced online ticketing so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Saturday 23 June 2018

Summer Showpieces

St Mary’s Church, Banbury at 7.30pm

  • Ibert – Overture de Fête
  • Sibelius – Violin Concerto performed by Maria Kousnetsova
  • Don Gillis – Symphony No 5½: ‘A Symphony for Fun’
  • Moussorsky – Pictures At An Exhibition

The music of the French composer Jacques Ibert has been described as a combination of ‘tenderness, irony, lyricism, and the burlesque’. Certainly his compositions contain much typical French wit, and we start our concert with his entertaining Overture de Fête.

Jean Sibelius has a different musical outlook, focused heavily on the land and nature of his native Finland. His Violin Concerto is amongst the most challenging solo parts in the violin repertoire, and we are fortunate to have a fantastic soloist to dazzle us with their virtuosity.

Don Gillis was an American composer of the twentieth century. His best known piece is Symphony 5½, A Symphony for Fun, which is certainly a lot of fun for the orchestra!

Finally, we close our concert with the epic, colourful and demanding Pictures At An Exhibition by Modest Moussorgsky, in the orchestrated version by Maurice Ravel.

Tickets are £10 and 18s and under remain FREE!

Our concert ticket sales have increased since we introduced online ticketing so please book early to avoid disappointment!