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“One of the very best amateur groups in the country”

Classical Music Magazine

“The most professional-sounding of non-professional orchestras”

The Sunday Telegraph

“Kensington Symphony Orchestra once again scores over most professional orchestras”

Classical Source

Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein

Coming up

Americana '18 at St John's Smith Square
Monday 15 October 2018 at 7.30pm

Music for Dancing at St John's Smith Square
Monday 26 November 2018 at 7.30pm

Welcome to KSO

About Kensington Symphony Orchestra

During 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.

We open our 63rd season in typically blistering style at St John's Smith Square on Monday 15 October. This all-American programme opens with Joan Tower’s vibrant Fanfare, a feminist answer to Copland's, whilst John Adams’s devastatingly powerful Symphony is taken from his 2005 opera Doctor Atomic. The Divertimento is vintage Leonard Bernstein, a joyful reminiscence of his musical childhood performed in this, his centenary year, and the energetic drive of William Schuman's buoyant Third Symphony made it his first major success.

I hope you can join us on 15 October as we open our exciting season of concerts.

Russell Keable
Music Director