Newbury Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest non-professional orchestras in England and is now enjoying its 135th season. Our resident professional conductor is Dr Jonathan Williams and our leader Rachael Elliott.
A major objective of NSO is to encourage young and up-and-coming soloists by inviting them to perform concertos. Soloists John Lill and Barry Tuckwell have gone on to achieve international acclaim after performing with the orchestra. Rehearsals take place in Newbury on Wednesday evenings during school terms.
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NSO Joint Schools Summer Concert
On 9 July in collaboration with St Bartholomew School Music Department, NSO put on a well attended concert based on music from the BBC 10 Pieces program which was well received, finishing with Bernstein's Mambo.
Tom Valentine, Trumpet Soloist
Jonny Williams takes a bow
David Goldberg plays Lark Ascending
Violins stand to acknowledge applause
David Rendel 1949-2016
With great sadness we note the passing of David Rendel who died peacefully at home on Monday 16 May 2016 after a battle with cancer. David, husband of violist and former NSO member Dr Sue Rendel, was MP for Newbury from 1993 to 2005, having been elected at the historic by-election. There will be a private family funeral and a memorial event will be held some time in July.
Newbury Weekly News gives Glowing Review for Autumn Concert
Our Autumn concert was well received by the Newbury Weeky News reviewer Nick Davies, see below.
Support from Waitrose Community Matters
Marysia Owen of Waitrose community matters hands over a cheque for £250 for the orchestra to chairman David Cooper. The orchestra was one of the three good causes for the month of July at Waitrose in Newbury. Cooper thanked Waitrose for their generosity, and for providing a month of what is effectively free publicity for the orchestra.