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This links to details of recent concerts by The Salomon Orchestra. For a full list of pieces we have played since the orchestra was formed including month and year of performance click on repertoire.

Click on the date for details of the concert.

11th February 2014. Early and mature Sibelius, early Richard Strauss and Rachmaninov's final glorious swansong.

7th October 2013. 50th Birthday concert with Strauss and Shostakovich: from Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare to Shostakovich' mighty Leningrad Symphony.

29th June 2013. We celebrated classic movie music for the finale of our 50th season.

19th February 2013. Time ticked away for Prokofiev in his beautifully melodic final symphony, Rachmaninov ferried us to The Isle of the Dead, finishing with Britten's astonishing Sinfonia da Requiem.

23rd October 2012. Contrasting Wagner's Prelude to Parsifal and Brahm's Violin Concerto ahead of Franck's glorious Symphony in D minor.

26th June 2012. London hosted premieres: A London Overture (kindly supported by the John Ireland Trust), Walton's Viola Concerto with Edward Vanderspar, and Elgar's friends portraid in his Enigma Variations.

14th February 2012. A romantic programme of Tchaikovsky, Wagner and Sibelius for Valentine's evening.

11th October 2011. Nicholas Collon conducts Russian Magic, and Tom Poster encores Rachmaninov's most popular concerto with a wonderful rendition of 'Someone to watch over me'.

21st June 2011. Andrew Gourlay conducts Strauss' Don Juan and Bruckner's Symphony No.8.

15th March 2011. Stokowski's arrangement of Gabrieli's timeless Sonata pian' et forte preceded Corilgiano's Clarinet concerto which took spatial and thematic ideas from the earlier work and was palyed with immence brilliance by Michael Collins, with Copland's monumental 3rd Symphony to finish.

12th October 2010. Elgar's interpretation of Bach, his glorious 1st Symphony, and Bach appreciaor Barber's Adagio for Strings and 2nd Essay for Orchestra.

17th July 2010. All of Beethoven's (numbered) symphonies in one day at London's South Bank with Martyn Brabbins, LSO Chorus and soloists.

29th June 2010. Malcolm Arnold's graphic Peterloo Overture, Jaroslaw Nadrzycki 'perfect' in Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1, and Walton's energetic and extrordinary Symphony No.1.

9th March 2010. Mahler's amazing 10th Symphony as realised by Deryck Cooke.

20th October 2009. John McCabe's Symphony Edward II, the first public performance in his 70th anniversary year, complemented a concert scenario (with surtitles) of Prokofiev's sublime Romeo and Juliet.

29th June 2009. Themes from Rossini's William Tell Overture and Wagner's Prelude and Liebestodt heard beofre the interval appear prominently in Shostakovich's unique, final, Symphony No. 15.

3rd March 2009. Britten's sensational Fanfare, his Violin Concerto wonderfully played by Sara Trickey, and sumptuous American-premired Bohemian pieces from Dvork and Martinu.

2nd November 2008. A concert at Cheltenham Town Hall conducted by Martyn Brabbins, with music from Holst's friends Cecil Coles and George Butterworth as well as Julia Lloyd Webber playing Holst's Invocation, and concluding with The Planets.

14th October 2008. The extra brass in the banda topped a thrilling end to Shostakovich Festive Overture. Haverhill Competition prize winner Tamas Balla played beautifully in Strauss' Oboe Concerto. The dynamics increased again for Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, still stunning 95 years after its Paris premire.

18th May 2008. A Sunday evening concert of Messiaen L'Ascension (in his centenary year), Weber Bassoon Concerto never sounding more virtuosic or musical in the hands of Robin O'Neil, and Saint-Sans Organ Symphony.

12th February 2008. Mendelssohn for wind, Sibelius' last symphony and Richard Strauss' Ein Heldenleben. "The real hero was Anna Ritchie, the orchestras leader, whose violin solos (depicting Pauline, Strausss wife) graced the performance in superb style." Edward Clark, classicalsource.com.

9th October 2007. A spellbinding performance by Mandy Burvill of Magnus Lindberg's Clarinet Concert, with Ravel's colourful Rapsodie Espagnol and Rachmaninov's gorgeous 3rd Symphony.

8th July 2007. The Dvorkathon at the Cheltenham International Music Festival - all of the symphonies in one day.

22nd May 2007. 3 works premired in Paris: Lalo Le Roi D'Ys, Prokofiev 1st Violin Concerto and Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique.

6th February 2007. A full St John's for Mahler's huge 6th Symphony.

17th October 2006. Some little known but beautiful Tchaikovsky, Walton's Cello Concerto and Prokofiev's great 6th Symphony.

23rd May 2006. Ravel visits Vienna in La Valse, Rimsky-Korsakov in the East with Scheherezade, and Falla at home with El amor brujo.

5th and 7th February 2006. Bartk Pictures, Mahler Rckert lieder and Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances.

11th October 2005. Masterpieces from the late C19th from Wagner, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius.

3rd July 2005. Tchaikovsky-athon. All the (numbered) symphonies in one day at the Cheltenham Music Festival.

21st June 2005. Guy Johnston played Schumann's Cello Concerto before a change of sound stage for Mahler's 5th Symphony.

8th February 2005. A concert of varied 20th Century English music from Alan Rawsthorne, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Edward Elgar and Michael Tippett's remarkable Concerto for Orchestra.

12th October 2004. A Russian and Soviet music concert with Tchaikovsky, Glire, Khachaturian, and culminating with Shostakovich 10th Symphony..

22nd June 2004. Stravinsky's Symphony in 3 Movements and Bruckner's 7th Symphony. *40th Anniversary Season*

21st March 2004. Bullard, Panufnik and Walton at Snape with the Waltham Singers, Colchester Choral Society and Orwell Park School Choir.

10th February 2004. Elgar and Brahms, plus Nielsen's flute Concerto with Julian Sperry, conducted by Malcolm Binney. *40th Anniversary Season*

14th October 2003. Nicholas Braithwaite returned on the 40th anniversary of his conducting the inaugural Salomon concert to conduct Elgar and Richard Strauss. If you go to this page you will hear the Alpine sunrise from this concert.

17th June 2003. Britten's Sea Interludes, Roy Harris' 3rd Symphony and Stravinsky's Petrushka, conducted by Oliver Gooch.

11 February 2003. Dvorak's Scherzo Capriccioso, John Lenehan pianist in Dohnnyi's Variations on a Nursery Theme and Bartok Concerto for Orchestra.

15 October 2002. Sibelius Violin Concerto with So-Ock Kim and Shostakovich 'Leningrad' Symphony.

18 June 2002. Jacques Cohen directed a Spanish-flavoured programme.

19 February 2002. John Gibbons conducted Walton, Ravel & Hindemith. Includes a link to a review at The Classical Source.

14 July 2001.  David Bedford City and the Stars, Orff Carmina Burana, with the Crouch End Festival Chorus. Includes a link to a review from The Times.


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