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Grünewald - The Temptation of St Anthony

Grünewald - The Temptation of St Anthony

Coming up

Weber, Hindemith and Beethoven at St John's Smith Square
Tuesday 26 November 2019 at 7.30pm

Brahms and James MacMillan at QEH
Thursday 23 January 2020 at 7.30pm
Piano: Samson Tsoy

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Weber, Hindemith and Beethoven - book tickets for our concert on 26 November HERE

About Kensington Symphony Orchestra

In over 60 years of music-making, Kensington Symphony Orchestra has built an enviable reputation as one of the UK’s most accomplished and adventurous non-professional orchestras. Established classics, neglected masterpieces and works by today’s leading composers are hallmarks of KSO’s repertoire, performed with a skill and panache that has garnered praise from all quarters.

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We are currently looking for more double bass players to join us for the 2019-20 season. If you are an experienced double bass player and would like to join the section for one or more of this season's concerts, please get in touch with Steph Fleming.

Kensington Symphony Orchestra continues its 64th season at St John's Smith Square on Tuesday 26 November.

Weber's Der Freischütz was his most successful opera, a masterpiece of German Romanticism. The overture immediately creates a magical atmosphere, wonderfully evoking with deft orchestral colouring both the supernatural and the rustic. Completed before his opera about the German painter Mathias Grünewald, Hindemith's Mathis der Maler Symphony is perhaps his greatest work. Its three movements each depict a panel from the painter's famous Isenheim Altarpiece, the final section, with its brass chorale, being one of the composer's most sensational achievements. Subtitled the 'Pastoral', Beethoven's Sixth Symphony is his response to the countryside and despite a vivid depiction of a storm its five highly melodic movements are predominantly sunny.

I hope you can join us on 26 November as we continue our exciting season of concerts.

Russell Keable
Music Director