Harrogate Symphony Orchestra
Welcome to the new homepage of Harrogate’s Symphony Orchestra. We wanted to give you as much information as possible about the HSO whilst at the same time providing interest and entertainment. You will find all the details of our programmes past and present, reviews, photos, details of how to become a playing member or Friend of HSO, along with a chance to read all about us in our recently published seasonal Newsletters. There are competitions to win free tickets and snippets of concert recordings both on video and audio. You will also find links to other societies and to recordings we already have put on YouTube.
The HSO is well supported in the Harrogate area, with excellent reviews in the local press. Recent developments have seen us trying to spread our wings further afield with a visit to Leeds University in 2013, having also played to audiences in Knaresborough, Leeds, Sheffield and Dewsbury. We have a very interesting history, tracing our roots back to 1931
Today we have over 90 members. We perform three times a year invariably in the Royal Hall and once a year with the Choral Society and over 300 children for a family Christmas concert in the International Conference Centre. As an orchestra, we benefit from an enthusiastic and forward thinking committee; introducing exciting and unusual concerts, encouraging young performers on the track to stardom including Julian Lloyd-Webber, Alison Balsom, The Aquarelle Guitar Quartet, Philip Higham, Bartosz Woroch and in March 2015 BBC Young Musician of the Year winner Laura van der Heijden.
The one discerning issue that has been an integral factor for the success of the HSO and the reason why I have enjoyed nearly 30 years as conductor and musical director of this wonderful group, is the tremendous commitment of the players. Their wild enthusiasm is contagious. Consequently, in the rehearsals we work really hard but have great fun at the same time . I always think that an active social life is a good indicator of a well knit group of people and the HSO seem to live and breath this point. People often say that this is one of the most friendly of all orchestras they have played in and one of our newest members said
"...by far the best orchestral experience in every way, is the HSO...it must be that Yorkshire gobbiness that makes it so brilliant".
I hope you enjoy browsing the website.
Conductor and Musical Director