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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

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Coming up

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

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

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.

Music for Dancing is the theme of Kensington Symphony Orchestra’s concert on Monday 26 November at St John’s Smith Square.

Ninety-five years after Holst’s opera The Perfect Fool (1918-22) received its première at London’s Covent Garden Theatre, we present the magical ballet music from the score, danced by the spirits of Earth, Water and Air. Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances (1940) – the last piece the composer wrote – is stunningly scored, drawing out the tone colours of instruments including an alto saxophone, while Vaughan Williams’s Job: A Masque for Dancing (1931) marks a crucial point in the development of British ballet, with its radiant melodies inspired by William Blake’s illustrated edition of the Book of Job.

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

Russell Keable
Music Director