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Sutton Symphony Orchestra’s Spring Concert showcases local composer and soloists

Sutton Symphony Orchestra returns to St Andrew’s URC Cheam on Saturday 28th March with much to celebrate in a concert featuring a new commission written specially for the orchestra AND (yes, there’s more) the final of Sutton Music Service’s  Young Musician of the Year competition. All this plus an epic symphony more than adequately answers the question on everyone’s lips since our summer concert – “how do you follow Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite?”

First up is the special commission: so a world premiere in Cheam nonetheless. Carshalton-born composer David Hackbridge Johnson started writing music at an early age and now has hundreds of compositions to his name including full symphonies, ballets and string quartets. He is also an accomplished teacher,  jazz and classical musician (piano, violin and drums), and poet. His commission for Sutton Symphony Orchestra “River Wandle Suite” is in five movements and takes us along the Wandle from Carshalton Ponds, past the water grasses and mills into a rousing fugue of a finale.

Next up, three talented members of the Borough’s youth music service will be showcasing their skills and treating the audience to performances of concerto movements as follows:


Elaine Jones – Weber’s Clarinet Concertino

Johnny Tennent – Arutiunian’s Trumpet Concerto

Sophie Simpson – Mercadante’s Flute Concerto

Elgar’s 1st Symphony forms the second half of the concert. This premiered in 1908 and was universally well received by press and public alike, which must make a pleasant change for a composer. The score states it’s a Symphony for Full Orchestra and  this is pretty accurate – around 50 minutes of epic scoring of music that is noble, passionate, intense, lyrical, and very grand.  Elgar said the symphony was about love, charity and hope for the future so honourable sentiments indeed. 

The concert starts at 7.30pm, tickets from  or on the door: adults £10, under 18s free. Refreshments at the interval.

Do come along and support local-grown music-making talent.

Sutton Symphony Orchestra (Conductor Philip Aslangul, Leader Annmarie McDade) rehearses on Tuesdays and provides an opportunity for local musicians to tackle ambitious orchestral works. SSO performs 3 concerts per year. If you are interested in joining,

get in touch:

Twitter: @SuttonSymph


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