Shostakovich 15: Surprising, beautiful and somewhat understated

Mark Gateshill talks about the symphony we're working on in preparation for our concert on 19th March.

The thing that always strikes me about Shostakovich’s final symphony is how unsettling it is, despite the fact the composer was looking to create an uplifting piece. Though beautiful, it’s evidently the work of an already sick man facing the end of his life.

Marina Martins

Performing Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme with Brunel Sinfonia

Last November, we had the pleasure of accompanying Marina Martins, a prize winning young cellist who started playing aged 3! She currently studies with Richard May at Wells Cathedral Specialist Music School and has performed internationally at music festivals. Here's what she had to say about playing with us:

A new score arrives

A new score has landed! My 2014/15 season finished on a high with a performance of Brahms Symphony no.3 at the Frome Festival, one of my favourite gigs of the year. When my weighty copy of Rachmaninov's 'Symphonic Dances' is handed to me, it’s my cue to get cracking on the new season which kicks off with Brunel Sinfonia in November. I love turning the pages on a new, unfamiliar piece, it opens the door on an exciting unknown musical world.

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Happy Christmas from Brunel Sinfonia

Join in with festive tunes from a live orchestra

For lots of us, Christmas is about tradition; putting up the same beloved but battered decorations on the tree, opening the final doors of your advent calendar on the 24 December, the first of many mince pies.

But the festive season also involves a lot of hard work, rushing around, buying presents, food, doing all the jobs to make everything go smoothly.

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