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Chris Long

Chris Long

Coming up

Kodály, Dvorák and Chris Long
Monday 1 July 2019 at 7.30pm

Anna Clyne, Berg and Prokofiev at St John's Smith Square
Monday 7 October 2019 at 7.30pm

Welcome to KSO

Kodály, Dvorák and Chris Long - book tickets for our concert on 1 July 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.

Kensington Symphony Orchestra completes its 63rd season at St John's Smith Square on Monday 1 July. Based on six catchy folk tunes which he collected in Eastern Hungary, Kodály’s colourful and exotic Dances of Marosszék are a heady mix, contrasting carefree playfulness with dramatic passion and fiery intensity.

Written in the heat of inspiration in only seven weeks, Dvořák’s richly lyrical Sixth Symphony was his first to gain an international reputation. Whilst it also draws on folk music, particularly in the powerful third movement, Dvořák had now found his own distinctive voice, a perfect fusion of Czech national style with Germanic Classical forms. Lively rhythms contrast with warm melodies to create a full, colourful orchestral sound.

The concert will also include the premiere of The Pale Blue Dot, an exciting new piece by Chris Long, a composer whose works embrace many styles, from classical and contemporary to rock, jazz and musical theatre.

I hope you can join us on 1 July as we complete our exciting season of concerts.

Russell Keable
Music Director