Next Concert

7:30 pm
16th March
Overture - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Symphony No.35 (Haffner)
Clarinet Concerto No.1

The Parish Church of All Saints

Church Hill / Bark Hart Road
Orpington, Kent

Tickets £10
(children & students £5)
at the door

Our new conductor

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new conductor, Sean Morris for our 69th Season, and we're excited for the future of Orpington Symphony Orchestra with Sean at the helm.

Sean began his conducting studies with Phillip Scott (NYWE) while attending Wells Cathedral School as a Dfes specialist musician scholar. While at Wells, he benefited from an exceptional group of musical teachers and coaches gaining experiences in solo, chamber and orchestral playing, and finished school by partaking in masterclasses with Christopher Aide and Phillip, eventually leading the school's Training Symphony Orchestra for his conducting debut!

Sean furthered his musical eduction by spending a year at the Royal Welsh School of Drama (ACoW Scholar) specialising on the trumpet, before moving to King's College London. Here he founded the Modern Music Society, the university's first student body addressing music from the 20th Century onwards. Remaining its President and Musical Director for the duration of his degree, Sean lead the Sinfonia in performances of Ravel's Introduction et Allegro, Berio's Folk Songs, Hindemith's Plöner Musiktag, and Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht among other works, and, with the help of a close committee, provided musical direction for the society's chamber groups, vocalists and instrumental soloists. An advocate for new music, MMS allowed Sean to develop close relationships with many young and current composers, going on to premiere dozens of works from solos to full scale operas.

Sean has worked regularly on opera projects as MD: Premiering Lewis Coenen-Rowe's Collision (2017) with Spectra Ensemble and Last Thursday (2018); Matthew King's children's fairytale The Snow Queen (1994); and most recently Benjamin Britten's masterpiece The Turn of the Screw. He has also worked on choral and opera scenes projects and coached vocal solos.

Aside from his mentor Phillip, Sean has observed and received tuition from masterclasses with eminent conductors and gurus Collin Metters, Sian Edwards, and Raffaello Samglibini and is a recent pupil of the George Hurst Conducting Course.

Away from the Orpington Symphony Orchestra, Sean is Musical Director of the New Age Ensemble and the King's Players, studying primarily under Toby Purser.

Born a Londoner to an Irish family, Sean was raised a lover of the theatre and pursues a passion for Medieval and Classical history and literature, which he studied alongside Music at university.

An evening of Mozart, Mendelssohn and Haydn

Concert: Saturday 1st April, 2017 - 7.30pm

The Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90, commonly known as the Italian is an orchestral symphony written by German composer Felix Mendelssohn, and inspired by his travels in Italy.

He wrote: "This is Italy! And now has begun what I have always thought... to be the supreme joy in life. And I am loving it. Today was so rich that now, in the evening, I must collect myself a little, and so I am writing to you to thank you, dear parents, for having given me all this happiness."

And In February he wrote from Rome to his sister Fanny: "The Italian symphony is making great progress. It will be the jolliest piece I have ever done, especially the last movement. I have not found anything for the slow movement yet, and I think that I will save that for Naples.

The Italian Symphony was finished in Berlin on 13 March 1833 and he conducted the first performance himself in London on 13 May 1833 at a London Philharmonic Society concert. The symphony's success, and Mendelssohn's popularity, influenced the course of British music for the rest of the century. Mendelssohn himself, however, remained unsatisfied with the composition, which he said cost him some of the bitterest moments of his career. He revised it in 1834 and even planned to write alternate versions of the second, third, and fourth movements, but did not. 

He never published the symphony, and it appeared in print only in 1851; thus it is numbered as his 'Symphony No. 4', even though it was in fact the third he composed.

The Symphony No. 99 in E♭ major, Hoboken I/99, is the seventh of the twelve London Symphonies (numbers 93-104) written by Joseph Haydn. The symphony was written in 1793 in Vienna in anticipation of his second trip to London. The work premiered on 10 February 1794 at the Hanover Square Rooms in London, with Haydn directing the orchestra seated at a fortepiano. It is the first of Haydn's symphonies to be scored for clarinets. 

Idomeneo, re di Creta ossia Ilia e Idamante is Italian for Idomeneus, King of Crete, or, Ilia and Idamante; and usually referred to simply as Idomeneo. It is an Italian language opera seria by composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The libretto was adapted by Giambattista Varesco from a French text by Antoine Danchet, which had been set to music by André Campra as Idoménée in 1712. Mozart and Varesco were commissioned in 1780 by Karl Theodor, Elector of Bavaria for a court carnival. The work premiered on 29 January 1781 at the Cuvilliés Theatre in Munich.

Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto featuring soloist Haru Ushigusa

Concert: 7.30pm Saturday December 3rd, 2016

Our next concert will present Beethoven's Egmont Overture and Symphony no.3 (Eroica) and Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with soloist Haru Ushigusa.

Haru Ushigusa studied with Jyunko Isono in Japan, and with Tomotada Soh at the Royal Academy of Music on London where she was supported by a Rohm Music Foundation scholarship. After winning several prizes, she graduated from the Academy in 2013 with distinction. She has taken part in master classes by Maxim Vengerov, Tomas Brandis, and Koichirou. Haru performs regularly in UK and Japan as a soloist and in chamber music. Most recently, concert and recital venues have included, Burgh House, Hampstead; The Bösendorfer Harmony Tower, Tokyo; the Art Tower, Mito; the Palty Hall, Hitachiota City; and the Tokai Art Cultural Centre, Japan. 

Haru was a semi-finalist in the 2012 International Brahms Competition in Austria 2012, and in the Sendai International Music Competition in 2013, when she also performed concertos by Mozart and Bartok with the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra at the Sendai Youth Cultural Centre. She made her professional debut at Kioi Hall, Tokyo, as the highest achiever of the Toho Gakuen Music Hight School. Haru has been a member of the Dulcinea Quartet since since 2008. The quartet, which gives regular recitals in the UK, toured Japan Tour in 2014 and 2015, and has recently been invited to perform in Tokyo, Yokohama, Shiga, Ibaraki, and Aomori.


Tchaikovsky, Lehar and John Williams

Concert: 7.30pm Saturday June 18th, 2016

With a mixture of very different styles, this concert should have something for everyone. From the light hearted Merry Widow prelude and ballet to the rich symphonic movements of John Williams' Star Wars, the concert will end with the iconic Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony


A programme to celebrate the bicentenary of the English composer, William Sterndale Bennett

Concert: 7.30pm Saturday March 5th, 2016

This concert celebrates bicentenary of the birth of the composer, pianist, conductor, and influential music educator, William Sterndale Bennett. Born in Sheffield on 13th April 1816, and brought up by his grandfather after he was orphaned at the age of 3, Bennett was a child prodigy as a singer, violinist and pianist. He won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music at the age of 10. 

Bennett was appointed Principal of the Royal Academy of Music in 1866 when the institution was faced with the threat of closure, and he managed to revive its fortunes and save it from extinction. Bennett was revered as a teacher: his pupils included Parry and Arthur Sullivan. He also sought to improve opportunities for female students whom he regarded as being marginalised. 

William Sterndale Bennett's compositions, largely orchestral works, piano concertos, and music for solo piano, enjoyed wide popularity in England and Germany. In 1849 he conducted the first English performance of Bach's Matthew Passion, and in 1856 was elected professor of music at Cambridge University. In 1871 Bennett was among the first to receive the Philharmonic Society's Gold medal, and was knighted in the same year. He died at his home in St John's Wood on 1st February 1875 and was buried in Westminster Abbey. At the time of his death he was recognised...