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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

Joseph Phibbs

Joseph Phibbs

Coming up

Strauss, Stravinsky and Joseph Phibbs
Monday 9 October 2017 at 7.30pm

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

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 first concert in the orchestra’s 2017/18 season, featuring Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Causing a riot at its first performance in 1913, this unrelenting, barbaric score still has the power to shock.

Conducted by music director Russell Keable, the concert opens with Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche: the composer Richard Strauss at his most witty and nimble, recounting a German folk hero’s “merry pranks”.

Joseph Phibbs’s Rivers to the Sea, commissioned by the Philharmonia Orchestra for its 2012 season, features four sharply contrasting movements, culminating in Neon with Sunrise, a celebration of New York.

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

Russell Keable
Music Director