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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

Daphnis et Chloé au bord de la fontaine (Marc Chagall)

Daphnis et Chloé au bord de la fontaine (Marc Chagall)

Coming up

Daphnis and Chloé at Southbank Centre
Tuesday 22 January 2019 at 7.30pm
Piano: Richard Uttley
Chorus: The Epiphoni Consort

Holly Mathieson conducts KSO in Enescu, Mahler and Lutosławski
Saturday 16 March 2019 at 7.30pm
With guest conductor Holly Mathieson

Baritone: Julien Van Mellaerts

Welcome to KSO

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 returns to the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Tuesday 22 January for a rare complete performance of Ravel’s ballet Daphnis et Chloé. The orchestra is joined by The Epiphoni Consort for the composer’s masterwork, a sweeping musical panorama that uses the full, vivid range of a symphony orchestra and chorus to depict the two eponymous lovers and the gang of pirates who abduct the heroine.

Award-winning pianist Richard Uttley is the soloist in Gershwin’s Romantic-style Concerto in F, in which the composer combines magnificently the popular rhythms of American jazz, the lively syncopations of the Charleston and the deep longing of the blues.

The concert opens with Kings Row by Korngold, who used the powerful, fanfare-like main theme of the 1942 film starring Ronald Reagan as the basis for the rest of his score for the movie, inspiring music for later films including John Williams’s soundtrack for Star Wars.

I hope you can join us on 22 January as we continue our exciting season of concerts.

Russell Keable
Music Director