press release
Published: 22 October 2021

University of Surrey re-opens its doors to local musicians for post-lockdown Orchestra Day

For the first time in nearly 2 years, The University of Surrey Orchestra will be welcoming the local talented music community back to the Stag Hill campus on Sunday 21 November, for their eighth community Orchestra Day, which will take place from 11 am – 6 pm in University Hall. 

Players will rehearse and perform a rendition of Rachmaninov’s Symphony Number 1 and the Shostakovich Festive Overture, culminating in an online performance at 5.30 pm. Previous days have included works by Bernstein, Prokofiev and Danny Elfman. 

The latest Orchestra Day, organised by the Department of Music and Media, will provide local musicians with a unique opportunity to play alongside Surrey’s Music students, alumni and staff and to hone their musical skills under the excellent guidance of the Orchestra’s eminent conductor, Russell Keable. Russell is highly celebrated for his world-class performances with the London Mozart Players, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  

Russell said: “We produced an online orchestra day just after lockdown eased, for our regular players who were comfortable recording from home. To be able to offer the usual in-person experience again this autumn is wonderful, and it’s a real chance for players to experience the joy and camaraderie of performing with other people in an orchestra again.  We are continually welcoming new talent, and it’s a fantastic way of drawing the local community back to campus, sharing our facilities and giving something back to Guildford after all of the disruptions. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable day for all.”    

It is recommended that any musicians wishing to participate have ABRSM Grade 7 or equivalent for this piece. Anyone who would like to play in the Orchestra should email orchestra@surrey.ac.uk by Friday 12th November, confirming their instrument and grading to book their place. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.  

This time, there will be no public performance, but there will be an online stream via the University’s Instagram account @UniofSurrey.  

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