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Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra heads to town

Updated: Feb 6, 2023


Basingstoke Residents are being invited to join the Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra for their Spring Soiree concert at The Anvil. The orchestra will be heading into town on Sunday alongside soloist, Sarah Parkes-Bowen who will play Bach's famous Suite No.8 in B minor.

Sarah has a musical background and she has recently completed a postgraduate course at the Royal College of Music in London where she gained her Master of Performance on the flute.

She studied with the renowned professors, Gitte Marcusson and Simon Channing. As

part of her entrance scholarship to the Royal College of Music Sarah performed at the Fishmonger’s Company’s Annual Livery Concert, hosted by Princess Anne.Prior to this, she spent a year abroad at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Castilla y León whilst studying for her BMus at Leeds University.

The Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra is known for having a rich heritage and is now 92-years-old, with 60 regular members who play to a high standard musically. The orchestra is an entirely voluntary group of musicians from the local community who often rehearse at Aldworth School weekly and play concerts at The Anvil just three times a year, which makes the spring concert one not to be missed.

The orchestra is always looking to increase its membership, sponsors and patrons.

The spring concert will include Smetana’s wonderfully descriptive symphonic poem Vltava, from Ma Vlast, Schubert’s beautiful unfinished symphony and Bach’s famous B minor suite for flute and strings.

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