press release
Published: 11 January 2019

University of Surrey orchestra invites musicians to come and play

By Robert Blevin

The University of Surrey Orchestra is inviting local Surrey musicians to join its students and staff for an Orchestra Day to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of legendary American composer Leonard Bernstein. The event culminates in an afternoon performance which is open to the public to attend.

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The Orchestra Day will take place on Sunday 27 January 2019 under the baton of the orchestra’s eminent conductor Russell Keable.  Russell will lead musicians through two of Bernstein’s most popular works, the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and the Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront.

Russell Keable is an internationally recognised musician known for his world-class performances with the London Mozart Players, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This fantastic event will enable Surrey musicians to hone their skills under his expert direction.

Professor Tony Myatt, Head of the Department of Music and Media at the University of Surrey, said: “We hope to build on the successes of our previous orchestra days, which have regularly welcomed over 80 musicians to swell our orchestral forces and provide an opportunity to perform some of the larger works in the orchestra repertoire. We are always delighted to welcome musicians from local Surrey communities to join our students on these special days. Previous Orchestral Days have uncovered a wealth of talent that’s allowed the Orchestra to reach a very high standards of performance, which both audiences and performers have found to be engaging, thrilling and exciting.”

The orchestra welcomes players at ABRSM grade 6 level and above (or with similar experience), particularly musicians who may not have had the opportunity to work with such large instrumental forces. The event will take place in PATS Studio One at Surrey’s Stag Hill Campus from 11am-6pm and is free to attend as either a musician or a guest. An informal performance by the orchestra will take place at 5:30pm to end the day, and all members of the community, friends and family of players are welcome.

To confirm your place as a musician on Orchestra Day, please email orchestra@surrey.ac.uk (by Thursday 24 January) or book a seat in the audience for the afternoon performance by clicking here.

View our previous play-day of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and read about last year’s Orchestra Day.

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