Strauss & Friends
presented by Guildford Symphony Orchestra
G Live, Guildford
Sat 16 May 2015, 7.30pm
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Setting the champagne atmosphere fizzing will be Matilda Lloyd, winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Brass Category, performing Haydn’s effervescent Trumpet Concerto.
Mezzo Soprano Jeanette Ager will sing arias by Mozart and Lehar. The programme includes the Blue Danube and die Fledermaus Overture by Strauss and the Festive Celebration by Brahms.
Don Juan - Strauss
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About Guildford Symphony OrchestraMaking music - developing talent - supporting charity
The GSO is the longest established orchestra in the Guildford borough. Founded in 1919, it is just 4 years off its centenary and is a flourishing community orchestra now playing around five concerts each year under the inspired direction of Darrell Davison.
The orchestra believes in providing a platform for young players at the beginning of their career - such as the Godalming violinist Andrew Haveron, who became leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra - through the annual Una Clark Young Artists’ Concerts. The GSO also stages family concerts and encourages musical creativity with a biennial carol writing competition involving local schools.
Following the disbanding of the Guildford Philharmonic, the GSO is the only Guildford orchestra regularly offering a full-scale programme of great classical and romantic symphonic music. As a community orchestra, the GSO has forged close links with local charities that benefit from the retiring collection at each concert.
GSO is a genuinely local orchestra, with around 60 members, drawn from all sectors of the community – teachers, full-time parents, dentists, doctors, journalists, accountants, scientists, students, people working in the City and in academic research – all brought together through a love of playing music.
The Friends of the GSO provides loyal support to help sustain the programme of concerts. The annual Friends of the GSO subscription is £15, or £20 for a family subsription. To become a friend, contact Katy Berry by emailing:
The GSO Musical Director, Darrell DavisonDarrell Davison studied music at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge and began his professional career as the principal cellist of the Ulster Orchestra.
In 1979 he won the Sir John Barbirolli Conducting Competition and since then has worked with many different orchestras, professional and amateur. This includes performances with all four London orchestras, recordings with the LSO and the BBC and concerts and recordings in Europe and Asia.
In 1984, Davison was a prize winner in the inaugural Leeds Conducting Competition and made his London début conducting the RPO at a Royal Philharmonic Society Concert at the Festival Hall. Since then he has made appearances at many of the UK’s major venues and has also conducted lakeside proms at both Kenwood and Crystal Palace.
He is a Conductor and Musical Director of The Little Symphony of London and The New Philharmonic Orchestra and he presented the successful Arthur Davison Family Concerts at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon. He was appointed Musical Director of the Guildford Symphony Orchestra in 1990.
His compositions have been performed by The Philharmonia, The London Philharmonic Orchestra and he has also written and orchestrated film scores for The London Symphony Orchestra.