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FAMILY CHRISTMAS CONCERT
SATURDAY 10th DECEMBER

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Welcome..

robert... to the Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra website.

We are an amateur orchestra based in Crowthorne, Berkshire, and have attracted our membership from Bracknell, Wokingham, Camberley, Ascot, Reading, and as far afield as Maidenhead, Aldershot, Newbury, Woking, Guildford and Andover. We are an enthusiastic, friendly group who make music for enjoyment’s sake, but who take rehearsals, practice and concerts seriously. Players are of all ages and come from all walks of life.

Our Director of Music is Robert Roscoe, who joined us in 2007. Under Robert’s leadership, the Orchestra has performed varied and challenging programmes including popular classics as well as less well-known pieces. We regularly invite soloists to join us.

Why don’t you come along to our next concert? If you are a competent player (even if you haven't played for a while and would like to get back to it) and would like to join us, or would just like to know more about the Orchestra then please browse this site or get in touch.


News



Family Christmas Concert
Saturday 10th December
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Come and enjoy seasonal music and carols at our traditional family Christmas Concert on Saturday afternoon, 10th December. Bring the whole family - under 16s are free! - to start the festive season in the beautiful setting of St John's. We'll be playing lots of favourites including music from Frozen, Christmas at the Movies and Sleigh Ride!

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Atmospheric Music Captivates Autumn Concert Audience Autumn concert 22
We were delighted to welcome a near capacity audience to enjoy an evening of wonderfully atmospheric works with Britten and Bridge conjuring up the many moods of the sea, and Vaughan Williams' much loved London Symphony. The Bridge in particular is not often played so it was a rare opportunity to hear this work by Britten's teacher, followed by Britten's Sea Interludes which were originally written for the opera Peter Grimes. As part of events marking 150 years since Ralph Vaughan Williams' birth Robert had programmed the wonderful London Symphony for the second half of the concert, and he announced that our March concert will include RVW's overture to The Poisoned Kiss.





Emotional Tchaikovsky Pathétique in a Concert of Two Different Characters! Summer concert 22
What an amazing evening the Summer Concert was for everyone - the Tchaikovsky stirs up all sorts of emotions and got a very warm reception (with loud cheers!) from the audience, while several players admitted to having a tear in the eye by the end. As Robert said in his introduction, it was a concert of two distinct halves - the first being tuneful and entertaining with Humperdinck's popular Hansel & Gretel Overture, followed by the Gounod Ballet Music from Faust. These had been programmed by Robert as less challenging to play which allowed us to spend the majority of rehearsals concentrating on the Tchaikovsky, which certainly paid off. It was an extraordinary experience to be part of, and one that we will remember for a very long time.

Photo: Les Bradford


Elizaveta Tyun Plays Bruch Concerto at
our Spring Concert
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Our 2022 concert programme starts with the return of soloist Elizaveta Tyun who has thrilled us with her performances of the Britten, Tchaikovsky and Brahms Violin Concertos. For our March concert she will be playing the Bruch, and this is definitely going to be a concert where you'll want to book early - Elizaveta is a favourite with our audiences and tickets will be in high demand. This concert, which is a festival programme to celebrate the orchestra's 30th Anniversary Season, includes Shostakovich Festive Overture, Chabrier España, Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnole and Arturo Márquez Danzón No 2. Book your tickets here - tickets will only be available online for this concert.




Christmas Concert at St John's,
Saturday 11th December 2021 at 4.30pm
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We're pleased to announce that our traditional family Christmas Concert at St John's, Crowthorne is back this year, on Saturday 11th December. We'll be playing a programme of favourite seasonal music, including Sleigh Ride, Christmas at the Movies, and music from Frozen, and of course there will be carols to join in. Tickets are now on sale via the red "BUY TICKETS" button on this page – bring the family, under-16 tickets are free! We hope to have some tickets available on the door, but with a limited capacity audience it's best to buy online if at all possible. We can promise you a fun family event to start the festive season. As with the November concert, we have put some safety measures in place which are listed on the ticket sales page before you make your purchase.  



CSO Returns with Wonderful Brahms and
Sibelius Concert
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What a fantastic evening everyone had at the November concert - all the more enjoyable for having been so long awaited! The orchestra opened with Brahms' Tragic Overture, and then our soloists, Molly Cockburn and Michael Atkinson, gave us a spellbinding performance of the Brahms Double Concerto – showing such clarity with the truly conversational interplay between the two instruments. The programme was completed with a stirring performance of Sibelius' Second Symphony. It was wonderful to be back at the Old Gym, with such an appreciative audience who clearly enjoyed the concert. Thank you all for coming and hope to see you at the next one!  


EasyFundraising and the Bracknell Lottery
Like many other organisations we've dug into our resources over the past year to keep music events going for our members whilst having no concert income to boost funds. We ran a successful workshop programme for sections of the orchestra over the summer months, and full orchestra events at Christmas and July 2021, all of which helped to keep us together and give our members the opportunity to play. Obviously with smaller numbers these events needed to be subsidised which we were more than happy to do, but we must keep one eye on resources! We are always grateful for support for the orchestra, and two easy ways if people would like to help are via EasyFundraising and the Bracknell Lottery.

EasyFundraising raises a donation from shops and suppliers when you buy from them - without costing you a penny! You just need to sign up for an account, specify CSO as the beneficiary, and then go shopping. One of our players recently bought a new fridge via the EasyFundraising link, and John Lewis donated £12 to the orchestra! Our EasyFundraising page can be found here.

The Bracknell Lottery offers supporters the chance to win £25k! Tickets are £1 a week with 50% of the price going directly to the cause (us!) and there is a 1 in 50 chance of winning a prize. Please check out our page on the Lottery site for more information and to buy tickets.  


 

Next Concert

FAMILY CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Saturday 10th December 2022 4.30pm at St John the Baptist Church, Crowthorne

Seasonal music and carols for all the family


Next Workshop

TBC

 

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