New Concert Season 2018-2019

After a thrilling sold-out performance in Frome Festival last week, plans are now well in hand for our next season of concerts. The season opens and closes with works by Beethoven and Mozart. In between, we will be featuring works by Mahler, Berlioz, Sibelius, Gliere, Vaughan Williams, Berlioz, Schumann and Holst. Full details here.

Frome Festival – The Planets

Sunday 15th July, 7.30pm, Cheese and Grain

On the last night of Frome Festival, Frome Symphony brings a large-scale orchestra to the Cheese and Grain for a programme of 20th century British music, opening with Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Overture to Aristophanes’ play, The Wasps. Local musician George White is the soloist in the Viola Concerto by William Walton. The concert concludes with a full performance of Gustav Holst’s famous Planets suite, one of the most popular orchestral works in the repertoire. Frome Symphony is conducted by Mark Gateshill. Tickets £12 (adult), £5 for under 18s.

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Classical Treats from Russia and Bohemia

Frome Symphony’s next concert takes place on Sunday 13th May at 7.30pm in the Cheese and Grain. This is the third in a year-long series of concerts featuring the finest young classical soloists, in which the orchestra will be joined by Julius Scholtz for a performance of the Trumpet Concerto by Arutiunian. Julius, 20, was born in Berlin, studied at Wells Cathedral School, and is now developing an international solo career. The concert opens with Rimsky Korsakov’s Capriccio Espanol, which is based on lively Spanish folk melodies. After the interval, the orchestra performs Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8, a cheery and lyrical work which draws it’s inspiration from the Bohemian folk music which the composer loved. Frome Symphony is conducted by Mark Gateshill.

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Mozart and Sibelius

Frome Symphony’s next concert will be the second in a series of concerts featuring the finest young classical soloists, the orchestra is joined by Iyad Sughayer for a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23. Born in 1993, Iyad has studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire. He is now developing a successful career as a piano soloist with regular concert engagements in the UK and abroad. The concert opens with Mozart’s well-known overture to his opera, “The Marriage of Figaro”. After the interval, the orchestra performs the first symphony by Sibelius, replete with the luxurious harmonies, colourful timbres and moving melodies for which the composer is so well known. Tickets are available for £12 (adult) and £5 (child) from the Cheese and Grain box office on 01373 455420, and on line at

Revolting Rhymes return to Frome

Frome Symphony will be presenting it’s popular annual family concert on Saturday 27th January at 3pm in Holy Trinity Church. Following on from last year’s sell-out performance of Little Red Riding Hood, the 50-piece orchestra will this time be presenting another large-scale performance of a tale from Roald Dahl’s revolting rhymes: The Three Little Pigs. Frome Symphony will be joined by Alastair Johnston who will narrate the story, and there will be a fun introduction and demonstration of the instruments of the orchestra. The event is particularly suitable for families with children of primary school age. Tickets are £5 each, or £20 for 5, and can be purchase on-line at this link:

2017-18 Season – Young Concerto Soloists Series

Frome Symphony is delighted to announce it season of concerts for 2017-18, which starts on Sunday 5th November at the Cheese and Grain. Concerts include a wide range of popular classical works, including special performances of Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony and Holst’s Planets Suite, and the return of our annual family concert which features more “Revolting Rhymes”.

As a special theme this year, we will be showcasing four talented young instrumental soloists in concerto performances on cello, piano, trumpet and viola. Full programme details can be found here.

Frome Orchestral Weekend 2017

4-5 November 2017

Richard Strauss – Eine Alpensinfonie

Founded in 2013, the annual Frome Orchestral Weekend provides the opportunity for enthusiastic musicians to learn and perform a large-scale orchestral work during an intensive weekend of tutored workshops and rehearsals.  We have assembled a team of highly-experienced and motivational tutors who work with each orchestral section. There will be a public performance at the end of the weekend conducted by Frome Symphony’s music director, Mark Gateshill.

This year we will be performing Richard Strauss’s huge tone poem, Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony).  If you might be interested in taking part, full details and an application form can be found here.

Beethoven Violin Concerto and Dvořák Symphony No. 7

Frome Symphony is delighted to welcome Lukas Hank back as soloist in the violin concerto by Beethoven. One of Beethoven’s most popular pieces, this is a tour de force for the soloist and orchestra alike. In the second half of the concert, the orchestra performs Dvořák’s 7th symphony. Although not performed as frequently as the New World symphony, the 7th is arguably Dvořák’s finest work incorporating beautiful melodies and engaging dance tunes from 19th century Bohemia. Frome Symphony is conducted by Mark Gateshill. Tickets £12 adult, £5 under 18.

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Valentine Concert

A new departure for 2017, Frome Symphony presents a Valentine’s weekend concert on Friday 10th February at 7.30pm in the Cheese and Grain. The programme is made up of popular works in a romantic theme!

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Bruch: Kol Nidrei
Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Tickets are on sale at the Cheese and Grain for £12 (adult) and £5 (child under 18). We hope to see you there.

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Family Concert: Revolting Rhymes

Frome Symphony’s popular annual family concert takes place on Saturday 28th January 2017 at 3pm in Holy Trinity Church, Frome. Alastair Johnston returns as narrator, to narrate a performance of Little Red Riding Hood from Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes. The music is composed by Paul Patterson and scored for a full symphony orchestra, conducted by Mark Gateshill.

Tickets are £5, with a special offer of 5 tickets for the price of 4. Buy tickets online here (booking fee applies).


Illustrator: Tracey Edis