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“One of the very best amateur groups in the country”

Classical Music Magazine

“The most professional-sounding of non-professional orchestras”

The Sunday Telegraph

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

Classical Source

Arnold Schoenberg

Arnold Schoenberg

Coming up

Schoenberg at St John's Smith Square
Monday 20 November 2017 at 7.30pm

Schubert and Stravinsky with Fenella Humphreys
Tuesday 23 January 2018 at 7.30pm
Violin: Fenella Humphreys

Welcome to KSO

About Kensington Symphony Orchestra

During 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.

Kensington Symphony Orchestra returns to St John’s Smith Square for the second concert in the orchestra’s 2017/18 season conducted by music director Russell Keable.

By turns Expressionist and Romantic, Schoenberg's colourful Five Pieces For Orchestra of 1909 marked an important stage on his journey to atonality. But he still preserved a profound respect for the German tradition, shown in his orchestrations of Bach and Brahms, which he jokingly referred to as 'Brahms's Fifth Symphony'.

I hope you can join us as we continue our exciting 62nd season of concerts.

Russell Keable
Music Director