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. We welcome new members and especially need violin players.

The Newbury Symphony Orchestra is affiliated toMaking Music, which represents and supports amateur performing societies throughout the UK and is grateful for the generous support of the Friends of Newbury Symphony Orchestra (link) and our sponsors,Apple Printand Maxx Design, and Philip Brown Violins, Newbury.

For more pictures see the following

Orchestra Slideshow (with thanks to Willie Gunn)


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David Shead Confirmed as Trumpet Soloist for Autumn Concert
21/8/2017

David Shead

David studied at the Royal College of Music with John Wallace and Michael Laird. He has combined a freelance playing career with teaching in many prestigious schools in England which include Sherborne School and Wells Cathedral School and conducting Brass Bands and orchestras.

David has played with many of the leading orchestra in the UK and has for many years been principal trumpet with the London Festival Orchestra. He also played with the Wilbraham Brass Soloists which was run by the legendary trumpet player John Wilbraham. As well as orchestra work, David has played in West End shows and many chamber ensembles.

David recently spent two years in Oman as the trumpet coach to the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra, the Sultan’s own orchestra. Among his many duties there were performances of various Trumpet Concertos accompanied by the court orchestra. 

GWYN PARRY-JONES JOINS AS GUEST CONDUCTOR FOR AUTUMN CONCERT

21/7/2017
This Autumn we will will welcome Gwyn Parry-Jones as guest conductorGwyn worked as a professional orchestral and chamber performer before moving into ‘academia’, with posts at the universities of Manchester, Gothenburg and Oxford. He was for some years Director of Music Activities at the University of Reading, leaving in order to concentrate on conducting, lecturing and adjudication. Our Principal Conductor Jonathan Williams is away with English Touring Opera  this term and will rejoin us in spring.



Gwyn Parry-Jones

The French themed concert originally planned for Autumn has been postponed to spring, and Gwyn will conduct an all Russian Program featuring Tchaikovsky's "Little Russian" symphony.



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Charity Symphony Orchestra, Hampshire

One of Hampshire’s leading fundraising ensembles, the Charity Symphony Orchestra draws players from a pool of over 350 musicians, from both amateur and professional backgrounds.  All those involved with the orchestra – the players, the committee and the management – donate their time and skill to the goal of raising as much money as possible for deserving causes.  Performing mostly across Hampshire, but also once a year in London, it only come together on the day of the concert to rehearse.  You can commit to as many concerts as you are able. If you would like to join the mailing list, please email enquiries@charityso.org.uk.  String players must be grade 7+, and wind and brass players, grade 8+

The next concert is on Saturday 28th October at St. Paul’s Church in Winchester., raising money for Southampton General Hospital’s Ocean Ward, whose mission is to provide emotional and financial support to families of children with cardiac problems.  The programme will include Nielsen’s Aladdin Suite and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.

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Newbury Weekly News  Reviews 
"Made In America"

The review for our "Made in America" concert has now been published in the Newbury Weekly News ...







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
    
Chatting in the bandroom
Mambo!


 


Newbury Weekly News gives Glowing Review for Autumn Concert
29/11/15
Our Autumn concert was well received by the Newbury Weeky News reviewer Nick Davies, see below.

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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.