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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

Huw Watkins

Huw Watkins

Coming up

Huw Watkins's Symphony at Cadogan Hall
Monday 13 May 2019 at 7.30pm

Kodaly, Chris Long and Dvorak
Monday 1 July 2019 at 7.30pm

Welcome to KSO

Lyadov, Sibelius and Huw Watkins. [Book tickets for our concert on 13 May 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.

We return to Cadogan Hall in May for a concert opening with Lyadov’s The Enchanted Lake. The music inhabits a magical world, peopled with unearthly spirits, and grows from a rippling opening theme contrasted with more rhythmic ideas evoking the water nymphs who live there.

Huw Watkins says of his Symphony, written for the Hallé Orchestra who premiered it in 2017, that ‘the overall impression I hope the piece will generate is one of momentum and excitement’ - and it undoubtedly does.

The vivid orchestration of Sibelius’s Four Legends conjures the atmosphere of the northern forests of the Kalevala, Finland’s great national epic, especially in the haunting second movement, depicting a swan gliding on a dark river – The Swan of Tuonela.

I hope you can join us on 13 May as we continue our exciting season of concerts.

Russell Keable
Music Director