St Saviour’s Sensational Sounds


If there is any group that St Albans can be proud of, it’s the  St Albans Symphony Orchestra. Last Saturday they performed four great pieces, with Bjorn Bantock as their new principal conductor. The church was filled, not just with an impressed audience but with the amazing sounds of this motivated and newly- inspired orchestra.

I attended this concert mainly to hear The New World Symphony but Prokokiev’s Romeo and Juliet was simply outstanding up to the very last note. This was the launch of their 2010-11 season amd I am already looking forward to their next concert!

But wait, there’s more! St Saviour’s has another gem lined up for this Saturday night; it’s the St Albans Choral Society! They will perform Vivaldi’s Gloria in D (from the Barque era), including solo Domine Deus. This will be followed by the contempory Magnificat by Cecelia Mc Dowall. The piece is ‘adorned with deft baroque flourishes’.  The evening will be opened by Benjamin Britton’s Simple Symphony, played by Orcherstra Nova. Sounds like another special evening.

Concert starts at 7.30pm, 23rd Oct. For more information and tickets, contact SASC ticket line 07884 231958 or . Tickets range from £1 – £17. St Saviour’s Church is on Sandpit Lane, St Albans.

Information on the next SASO’s concert is on

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Maria Larmer lives in St Albans and is married with four children. She works as a Freelance Writer, English Language Teacher and Teaching Assistant. She has lived in Auckland, New Zealand for 9 years and prior to that in France, Germany, Austria, Edinburgh, London and Ireland. Her diary-writing has featured on 'The Wild Geese' Channel 4 and Radio Verulam. She has written for Hertfordshire Life magazine, Go Camping magazine, Camping magazine, The Catholic Times, St Albans & Harpenden Review, New Zealand Times, The New Beacon, My Weekly and various websites. She can be contacted on