Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra

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We're really pleased to have been featured in the March 2013 edition of the Shropshire Magazine who interviewed us about our 125th Anniversary year concert series.


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String Playing Days

Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra String Players

The Society has run annual day workshops for string orchestra directed by Bob Chasey, from the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom the Society has an excellent relationship. The playing days gave string players an opportunity to play works, both well-known and less so, that might not otherwise arise very often. It also, naturally, enables players to focus on the various aspects of orchestral string technique presented in the work(s) studied, in an informal and unthreatening situation without the pressure of a performance.


Bob is a talented and experienced tutor who communicates his enthusiasm in a lively and humorous way. As a professional orchestral violinist he knows at first hand the difficulties that face string players, and an invaluable feature of his coaching is the helpful advice he gives us on how he and his colleagues tackle the music.


No further string days are being planned unless there is a demand. They are open to violin, viola, cello and double bass players of a reasonably competent standard.

Works studied on previous String Playing Days:

2009 TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings
2008 DVORÁK Serenade for Strings
2007 TIPPETT Concerto for Double String Orchestra and ELGAR Serenade for Strings
2006 BRIDGE Suite for String Orchestra and SUK Serenade for Strings
2005 STRAVINSKY “Apollo Musagetes”
2004 VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and ELGAR Introduction and Allegro for Strings
2003 BLISS Music for Strings
2002 PARRY English Suite and BRITTEN Simple Symphony
2001 TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings
2000 DVORÁK Serenade for Strings
1999 BEETHOVEN arr. MAHLER String Quartet Op. 131 & Grosse Fuge
1998 (Two-day course for full orchestra) BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra
1997 DVORÁK Serenade for Strings and BARBER Adagio for Strings
1996 SCHOENBERG “Verklärte Nacht”
1995 TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings
1994 VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and ELGAR Introduction and Allegro for Strings