press release
Published: 30 January 2019

University of Surrey Orchestra Day proves resounding success

Talented and passionate musicians from the local community united with staff and students from the University of Surrey in celebration of the fourth Surrey Orchestra Day.

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Surrey Orchestra Day 2019

On Sunday 27 January the University of Surrey Orchestra opened their doors to the local community, welcoming over 90 talented players to the Orchestra Day, which was held in the newly-refurbished PATS Studio 1.

Residents of Surrey united with Music students and staff from the University of Surrey to spend a play-day rehearsing two of Bernstein’s most popular works; West Side Story’s Symphonic Dances and Symphonic Suite from the film On the Waterfront.

The Orchestra Day provided local musicians with a unique opportunity not only to get a taste of the Orchestra, but to hone their skills under the excellent guidance of the orchestra’s eminent conductor, Russell Keable.

Russell said: “The diversity of player relationships always astounds me. We had mothers and daughters side by side on cello, a brother and sister on strings and clarinet, and friends who started learning the flute together aged 50, join us. Whether a professional or rusty player who hadn’t played for years, everyone did really well. The performances were brilliant and together they created a great sense of atmosphere.”

The play-day concluded with an informal concert to friends, family and members of the public, who were extremely impressed that such a performance could be accomplished in such a short space of time.

The Orchestra rehearses on Monday evenings throughout the year to deliver a range of performances in a variety of venues including Guildford Cathedral and Holy Trinity Church. Please contact orchestra@surrey.ac.uk for more information.

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