Kensington Symphony Orchestra today announces its programme for 2019/20 – the orchestra’s 64th season since it was founded to provide non-professional musicians with an opportunity to perform at the highest possible level.

Described as “one of the very best amateur groups in the country” by Classical Music Magazine, KSO was recently hailed by Ates Orga in Classical Source for “putting on bold programmes that few of the ‘big five’ in London would either think of or get away with”, and its forthcoming programme maintains its longstanding commitment to contemporary music.

Highlights include works by Anna Clyne (Masquerade, written for the Last Night of the Proms in 2013), the late Nicholas Maw (Dance Scenes, composed in 1995 to mark the Philharmonia Orchestra’s 50th anniversary) and James MacMillan, whose Symphony No.4, premièred at the BBC Proms in 2015, will be performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

The season also includes symphonies by Hindemith, Beethoven, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. Guest conductor Michael Seal, who directs KSO in Shostakovich’s Symphony No.11, is joined by Stephen Bryant, the leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, for Korngold’s Violin Concerto. Brahms’s Piano Concerto No.2 also features in the orchestra’s programme for 2019/20.

KSO returns to its regular performance venue, St John’s Smith Square, and will make its debut at the newly refurbished Fairfield Halls Phoenix Concert Hall in Croydon for Mahler’s Symphony No.3.


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