This Christmas, Salford Symphony teamed up with over a hundred singers from the Phoenix Singers and the Grove Singers to perform the orchestral premier of "A Christmas Carol" – a cantata based on the Dickens novella, created by Ashley Thompson and playwright/actor Deborah McAndrew - Former Coronation Street actress and winner of "Best Play" in the 2014 Theatre Awards.
This retelling through song, without narration, of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, draws on a wide variety of styles - some old, some new - whilst also incorporating well-loved carols that would have been known in Victorian England. It is at the same time contemporary and rich in tradition.
Who are we?
The late Joseph Needham originally founded Salford Symphony Orchestra in 1947. He was a protégé of Sir Henry Wood, on whose recommendation came to Salford, where he was appointed director of music for Salford City Police Band. Eventually with the help of freelance professional string players, he formed Salford Symphony Orchestra. Sir John Barbirolli was the orchestra’s President for some years. After Joseph Needham’s death, John Crossdale took over as MD. His first performance was a memorial concert for ‘Joe’. Salford Education Authority with Jack Fryer as MD and conductor, later absorbed the orchestra.
After many successful years, the orchestra disbanded in 1985. Following requests from the Salford public and musicians, the orchestra was re-formed in 1995.
Performances took place at the Imperial War Museum North on 17 and 18 October 2014 (click on image for details)
Harry Potter and Jurassic Park Music for Hire
The Orchestra has purchased the music for "Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone" and "Jurassic Park" by John Williams. These are now available for hire by contacting Christine.
What we do
The Orchestra aims to provide local people with interesting programmes and also offers platform opportunities for talented musicians (amateur and professional). Salford Symphony Orchestra performs four concerts per year at our main concert venue, Peel Hall at the University of Salford. Rehearsals are held at St Paul's Church, Moor Lane, Kersal Moor, Salford, M7 3WX on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm.
The Orchestra Committee
Chairman: Simon Caplan (Violin 2)
Orchestra Manager: Christine Clarkson (Violin 1)
Musical Director: Barrie Mckinnon
Leader: Jon Henderson
Membership Secretary (Patrons): Simon Caplan (Violin 2)
Subscription Secretary: Angela Darcy (Flute)
Web Manager: Dave Collins (Cello)
Orchestra Member's Representative John Eaton (Cello)
We are delighted to announce that Sir Peter Maxwell Davies is now the President of the Salford Symphony Orchestra.
Intrepid Chris Kay (principal trumpet), and his wife Lesley (also intrepid), take on the Inca Trail to raise money for three charities. Click image to see how they got on.