Partnership with City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra


The School of Music and Fine Art is delighted by the opportunities the continuing supportive partnership with the City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra (CRSO) offers.

The orchestra has given 5 World Premiere performances of music by student composers from the School of Music and Fine Art, and the CRSO outreach programme includes a Young Composers’ evening which allows young composers from the local area to hear their works played by the orchestra.

University of Kent at Medway music students play in the City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra, which performs two student compositions every year in their concerts.

Lis Sadler, Orchestral Manager, City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra says, Thanks to our link with the University of Kent, our orchestra is developing an ever more vibrant and forward-looking ethos.  Plenty of new ideas in the pipeline, and some great young people to work with – exciting!”

Ruth Herbert, Lecturer in Music Performance in the School of Music and Fine Art added, “The partnership with CRSO just seems to go from strength to strength! Our students really love being part of the CRSO – both playing in it and composing for it. It’s fantastic for their musical development to be involved with such a vibrant organisation”

 The CRSO was formed in 1969 to nurture excellence through music in the community. Under Music Director Peter Bassano, and President, Sir Roger Norrington, the CRSO has approximately 60 playing members, both amateur and professional musicians, who perform concerts at The Central Theatre, Chatham, and other venues in Kent. Recent concerts include a joint performance with Rochester Choral Society in Rochester Cathedral.

The next concert from the CRSO will be Music from the Movies on Saturday 19th November at The Central Theatre Chatham at 7.30pm.

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