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2020/21 Season

No upcoming concerts

SELO is sadly not staging concerts due to Covid-19 restrictions, although we look forward to returning to performances as soon as possible!

In the meantime, we have been able to remain together, connected and active online, as well as holding in-person repertoire days when guidance has allowed. The following is a summary of these events during our atypical 2020/21 ‘season’.

17 September 2020

Autumn ‘play at home’ series: Bartok – Concerto for Orchestra

Video introductions from Music Director David Smith:

About the composer

About the Concerto for Orchestra

Recommended recordings:

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer

If you’re a record collector, have a listen to this edition of BBC Radio 3’s Building a Library (46 minutes), where Rob Cowan surveys some of the available recordings.

1 October 2020

Autumn ‘play at home’ series: Overture from Ethel Smyth’s ‘The Wreckers’

Video introductions from Music Director David Smith:

About the composer
About the overture

Recommended recording:

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo

11 October 2020

Repertoire session

Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro

Beethoven: Overture Leonore No. 3

St Michael and All Angel’s Church, Beckenham

This repertoire session was organised and managed in line with all relevant guidance at the time.

22 October 2020

Autumn ‘play at home’ series: Symphony in E minor, ‘Gaelic’ by Amy Beach

Video introductions from Music Director David Smith:

About the composer
About the overture

Recommended recording:

Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Schermerhorn

5 November 2020

Autumn ‘play at home’ series: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas

Video introductions from Music Director David Smith:

About the composer
About the piece

Recommended recordings:

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, James Levine 
NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini 

13 December 2020

Repertoire session

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K.466 (Mike Bradburn, piano)

Coleridge-Taylor: Christmas Overture

St Michael and All Angel’s Church, Beckenham

This repertoire session was organised and managed in line with all relevant guidance at the time.

21 January 2021

Winter ‘listening club’ series: Sibelius – Symphony No. 6

Audio programme about Sibelius 6 by Music Director David Smith.

Recommended recording:

Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä

28 January 2021

Winter ‘listening club’ series: Made in America by Joan Tower

Audio programme about Made in America by Music Director David Smith.

Recommended recording:

Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin