“The most professional-sounding of non-professional orchestras” – Sunday Telegraph
Kensington Symphony Orchestra returns to St John’s Smith Square for the second concert in its 66th season, performing Bruckner’s Symphony No.5 (1875-76) under the baton of music director Russell Keable.
In the mountain range of Bruckner symphonies, the Fifth is perhaps the most powerful expression of the composer’s religious faith. With its epic dimensions and dramatic sense of conflict, it was also his most monumental to date, a cathedral-like masterpiece of musical architecture, magnificently fusing the worlds of Bach and Beethoven.
The texture of the first movement is enriched with a procession of fine themes, while the slow movement has both delicate beauty and suave majesty. After one of Bruckner’s finest scherzos, the finale is a wonderfully constructed tour de force, bringing the symphony to a thrilling conclusion by combining a massive fugue with a grand chorale.
Described as “one of the very best amateur groups in the country” by Classical Music magazine, KSO has been hailed by Classical Source for “putting on bold, adventurous programmes that few of the ‘big five’ in London would either think of or get away with”.
Forthcoming highlights of the 2021/22 season include Korngold’s violin concerto with soloist Fenella Humphreys, in February, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, in May, marking the orchestra’s debut at Croydon’s Fairfield Halls.