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Review dated 10th November 2014.

The Scarborough Symphony orchestra's new season opened last Saturday at Queen Street. The orchestra was on fine form, opening the proceedings by sparkling its way through Mozart's Magic Flute Overture. This was followed by "Dialogues of a Wandering Minstrel", by Dr Vivian Simpson; this finely crafted and fascinating piece was included at short notice as a tribute to the composer, a fine musician and a member of the orchestra for over 50 years, who sadly died recently.

The soloist in the Bruch Violin Concerto was James Dickenson. We were indeed privileged to host a return visit by this outstanding violinist, who brought this challenging piece to life with his superb technique and massive sound. James and Shaun Matthew, the orchestra's conductor, again worked together with obvious empathy to produce a thoroughly enjoyable performance.

The three pieces in the second half, taking the place of the usual symphony, all shared an exotic flavour. Glinka's 'Capriccio Brillante on the Jota Aragonese' was a lively and brilliantly scored memorial to the Russian's current fascination for Spanish folk-music. The three Spanish Dances however were written by Granados, a genuine Spaniard, and a civilian casualty of the First World War; much played by pianists, they were here performed in his own orchestral version: and Rachmaninov's 'Caprice Bohemien' is a still impressive by-product of his prize-winning opera 'Aleko', based on a poem by Pushkin about the attraction of the Gypsy life.

In all three pieces the orchestra rose to the occasion, with confident playing from all sections and delightful solo moments from strings, woodwind, brass, and percussion, not forgetting our excellent visiting harpist; momentum was maintained throughout, despite huge demands on the stamina of both orchestra and conductor. The large audience clearly much enjoyed the unusual programming here.

Their next concert will be on February 7th.

Review dated 22nd November 2012.

A few weeks ago, my wife entered the Scarborough News competition to win a pair of tickets to see the first of the new season’s concerts performed by the Scarborough Symphony Orchestra.....

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Review dated 18th May 2011.

.....After a successful performance in its new home at Queen Street Central Hall in March, Scarborough Symphony Orchestra is looking forward to its May concert. The orchestra was delighted to receive some very encouraging comments on its performance and the improved acoustics and view provided in the new venue....

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High Tide online magazine. Click here for their official website. Review dated 30th July 2008.

........... Then for me the highlight of the night. Gabriel’s Oboe from ‘The Mission’. Morricone must be one of the greatest composers of film music, indeed as I write this I’m listening to the sound-track of ‘Once Upon A Time in America’. Peter Walser’s oboe playing was quite wonderful, very moving. Listening to the original next day, it compared very favourably...........

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Conductor:
Shaun Matthew
Leader:
Anthony Mason
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Concert Venue: Methodist Central Hall, Queen Street, Scarborough, YO11 1HQ