Sutton Symphony Orchestra

Partner: Sutton Symphony Orchestra
Partner type: Community Group
Project category: Music

Rehearsals take place every on Tuesday evenings during school term-time in our main hall at the School.  The Orchestra then performs three major public concerts per year within the London Borough of Sutton.

Aims of the project

Sutton Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is an amateur orchestra which aims to provide the opportunity for players of a reasonable standard to experience rehearsing and performing works from the orchestral repertoire. SSO believes making music should be fun but challenging.

Background and goals

The arrival of Phil Aslangul in 2009 as conductor heralded a new era for the orchestra, with rapid expansion and the boldness to tackle a more adventurous repertoire. This has included Mahler’s First Symphony, Holst’s Suite “The Planets”, and Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Phil also teaches at the School as one of our visting music tutors.

Resources

Use of our main hall every week and Phil Aslangul as Conductor.

Impact

The orchestra has given an average of 3 concerts every season and almost every one has featured a solo items. Soloists have included professional musicians living locally, talented students, and members of the orchestra. 

The SSO has teamed up with local youth choir Osiris on two occasions in recent history, once in 2014 for Bernstein’s West Side Story Symphonic Suite and again in 2017 for Rutter’s Gloria.

For its 70th Anniversary in 2016, the orchestra joined forces with Carshalton Choral Society in a sell-out performance of Verdi Requiem and Respighi Pines of Rome.

Pupil involvement

The SSO invloves 40-50 local people of a variety of ages and background, including many local youths still in full-time education. 

Frequency and duration

On-going