• Post date: Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 09:34
    String Workshop

    Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra String Workshop

    Saturday 12th May 10.00am - 3.30pm

    Christ Church, Reading Road, Chineham
    RG24 8LT

    Music to be rehearsed:

    Sibelius 'Andante Festivo'
    Grieg's 'Holberg Suite'

    String Playing Grade 6 and above.

    The Workshop will be led by Sue Bint, a violinist with a wealth of experience as a teacher, perfromer and coach of string players.
    Sue Studied at the RNCM, leads the Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra and is an ABRSM examiner.

    £10 for the day
    (Basingstoke SO members and students in full time education £5)

    Places are limited, to secure your place please contact before 28th April by emailing bintsw1@btinternet.com

    Bring a packed lunch; Tea/coffee and cakes available

    Bring a music stand labelled with you name.

  • Post date: Monday, November 14, 2016 - 23:07

    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 of the audience members dressed up for the orcassion.
    We were even visited by a storm trooper!

    Well done to everyone who took part!


  • Post date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 20:52
    Reg Charlick

    Reg Charlick has decided to retire from the orchestra after nearly 60 years of playing.

    Violinist Reginald Charlick joined when BSO was known as Basingstoke Orchestral Society. He was secretary for 30 years and has played in nearly every concert, admitting (in BSO’s Diamond Jubilee publication) to missing only one.  

    Reg announced his retirement from Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra after BSO’s last Anvil concert a few weeks ago.

    He said: “For many years I have wholeheartedly enjoyed playing on Friday nights at rehearsals with a friendly group. But now it’s time to retire and I send my best good wishes to everyone.”

    Former BSO conductor Peter Marchbank contacted Reginald to pass on his good wishes, writing: “What a marvellous achievement! It’s 50 years since I first came to Basingstoke and you were already an established member of that small and select group who met at Fairfields Infant School every Friday evening.” 

    Clive Evans, BSO’s concert manager, added: “I have been with the orchestra since the mid 1960s and Reg was then a long-established member and secretary of the Orchestra. 

    “As well as playing the violin, Reginald ran the orchestra virtually single-handed for very many years even designing, building, storing and transporting bespoke staging for our concerts at the Shrubbery and St Michael’s Church.

    “He also wrote, bound and published a very comprehensive history of the orchestra, which he wrote using an old fashioned typewriter”. 

    Reginald, who worked for many years as a qualified engineer, was born in Par in Cornwall and started playing the violin when he was seven years old. He played with Tywardreath Youth Orchestra, Cornwall Youth Orchestra and, later, Swindon Railway Orchestra.

    Shortly after arriving in Basingstoke, he was persuaded to join the Methodist Orchestra in Church Street by local hairdresser and cellist Bill Woodcock. He progressed to the Basingstoke Orchestral Society under Frank Banwell, later renamed BSO under Peter Marchbank.

    Reginald wrote in the BSO’s Diamond Jubilee publication: “The enjoyment of playing with the orchestra has undoubtedly been the highlight of my life.”

    Clive concluded: “I will miss Reg very much - he was one of the established players that looked out for me when I first joined as a teenager back in the 1960s and has been very supportive ever since.

    “He was always first to arrive at rehearsals and concerts to help set up, was always cheerful and was full of anecdotes about the orchestra - he kept us all amused in the pub after rehearsals on many occasions!

    “I hope he will continue to play with Deane Sinfonia and in Alton and maintain his lifelong love of music.” 

    The article in the Basingstoke Gazette can be read here.

  • Post date: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 20:16
    Sue Bint

    BSO has a new leader!

    We are pleased to announce that Sue Bint has been appointed as the new leader for the Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra.

    Sue grew up in Wales where she led the Powys Youth Orchestra and was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales for five years. She studied violin at the Royal Northern College of Music with Malcolm Layfield. After graduating she worked for Hampshire Music Service for some years and is now Director of Music at Churcher’s College Junior School. In 2009 she was awarded MA with Distinction (Roehampton University). She regularly plays with Havant Chamber Orchestra, Southdowns Camerata and the Rotherhurst Ensemble.

  • Post date: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 19:38

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    Benefits of being a patron of the orchestra include:

    • Save upto 20% on ticket prices over a season.
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    • Receive a free programme for every concert
    • Support your local orchestra


    All this for only £57 a season.


    Please use our patron contact form if you are interested.
  • Post date: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 23:16
    Lucy Scotchmer

    See an excerpt from Lucy Scotchmer's fantastic performance of the Dvorak 'Cello concerto which she played with the BSO in November.

  • Post date: Monday, February 18, 2013 - 22:43
    BSO Needs You

    Are you an orchestral musician of grade eight standard or above? Are you friendly, committed and living in the Basingstoke area? Are you looking for your new musical pathway? The BSO needs you!

    We are currently looking for new players to join our ranks for weekly rehearsals in Basingstoke and concerts in The Anvil. 

    Please get in contact if you are interested.


  • Post date: Monday, January 21, 2013 - 20:35

    The orchestra sells its own programmes at Anvil concerts but, in order to break even on programme sales, we need a few volunteers to sell help sell programmes around the foyer. Ideally these would be friends or family of players in the orchestra, or Patrons or Friends of BSO. If you would be prepared to help with this important task please ask an orchestra member to let Clive Evans know. Thank you.


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Upcoming Concerts

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)