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  • 14-Nov-2016

    The BSO's last Fantasy Concert was a huge success, with great music such as Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Firebird Suite. A number o... more

  • 3-Jun-2014

    Reg Charlick has decided to retire from the orchestra after nearly 60 year... more

The Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1930 by local musicians for the enjoyment of making music through rehearsals and concerts. For over 60 years we were the only symphony orchestra to perform regularly in Basingstoke. The Anvil has transformed the musical scene in Basingstoke and we are now one of the many symphony orchestras who enjoy the Anvil's wonderful acoustics - likened by one expert to 'an Italian courtyard in summer'. The high standard of presentation achieved by the BSO, coupled with the Anvil's acoustics and facilities means that we have been able to attract many top name soloists to perform with the orchestra over the past few years.

On the occasion of the orchestra's debut in The Anvil in June 1995, all 1400 seats were filled to hear the orchestra with Lesley Garrett and James Lisney - the evening was a real triumph. Lesley Garrett is now a patron of the Anvil and returned to perform with us in 1997 when she reiterated her admiration for the orchestra's high standard and ability to play with comfort such wide variety of musical styles.

The 60-strong orchestra meets regularly on Friday nights in Basingstoke.

Why not consider joining?

Anyone interested in membership should contact the Personnel Secretary, Anne Smith via our contact page on this web site. We currently have vacancies for string and brass players. The audition process is informal and based on numerous rehearsals, or even a concert in the case of exposed parts.

Upcoming Concerts

Spring Classics Concert Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 19:45

Humperdinck    Hansel and Gretel Overture
Reinecke           Ballade for Flute and Orchestra
Dvorak               Slovonic Dances (Selection)
Saint-Saens       Symphony No. 3 (Organ Symphony)

Rory McAllister Hosts 'Cinema in Symphony' Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 19:30

Williams       Star Wars, Harry Potter, Raiders of the Lost Ark
Shore           The Lord of the Rings
Morricone    Gabriel's Oboe (The Mission)
Barry            Out of Africa
Beethoven   The King's Speech (from Symphony No..7)