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

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Samson Tsoy

Samson Tsoy

Coming up

Brahms and James MacMillan at QEH
Thursday 23 January 2020 at 7.30pm
Piano: Samson Tsoy

Bernstein, Korngold and Shostakovich with Michael Seal
Saturday 14 March 2020 at 7.30pm
With guest conductor Michael Seal

Violin: Stephen Bryant

Welcome to KSO

James MacMillan's Fourth Symphony and Brahms's Second Piano Concerto at Queen Elizabeth Hall - book tickets for our concert on 23 January 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.

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We are currently looking for more double bass players to join us for the 2019-20 season. If you are an experienced double bass player and would like to join the section for one or more of this season's concerts, please get in touch with Steph Fleming.

Kensington Symphony Orchestra continues its 64th season at Queen Elizabeth Hall on Thursday 23 January.

Brahms’s Piano Concerto No.2 – a magnificent piece of musical architecture – is paired with the spiritual journey of MacMillan’s Symphony No.4.

Written on a grand scale, the symphonic Second Piano Concerto’s mellow and serene first movement is followed by an exhilarating tussle between piano and orchestra in the second. A solo cello shares the limelight in the lyrical slow movement, while the entertaining finale strews instantly memorable themes in profusion.

One of the leading composers of his generation, Scottish-born James MacMillan always aims at direct emotional and dramatic communication. Begun in 2014, his Fourth Symphony was written in homage to Robert Carver, the most important Scottish composer of the High Renaissance. In one continually evolving movement, the work explores the 'rituals of movement, exhortation, petition and joy', with plaintive melodies, atmospheric string clusters and resplendent chorales.

I hope you can join us on 23 January as we continue our exciting season of concerts.

Russell Keable
Music Director