Welcome to the SWSO website

Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra (SWSO) is a community orchestra formed of both professional and amateur players based in and around Saffron Walden in the district of Uttlesforde. The Saffron Walden Orchestral Society also oversees the Saffron Walden Children's Orchestra (SWCO).

SWSO will be delighted to welcome you to our concert on Sunday November 27, 2016 at 3:00pm in Saffron Hall. The programme includes Holst's The Planets, and Joanna Ive's Evolutionary Notes, narrated by Frank Burnet. The concert starts with the Big Bang and ends at Neptune, and is probably most suited to adults, and children of age 8+.

....Imagine a weather report from 2 billion years ago: ‘Clouds, mainly of cyanide and ammonia, will block out the sun. Air quality will be appalling – particularly if you like oxygen.’ Science educator Frank Burnet narrates his witty and amusing account of the history of life on earth (complete with plenty of exciting dinosaur action!), accompanied by a brilliant score from Joanna Ive. Holst’s musical depiction of the solar system, The Planets, journeys from the thunderous violence of Mars, via the sweeping grandeur of Jupiter (including the tune ‘I vow to thee, my country’) to the strange, shifting chords of mysterious Neptune....

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If you are interested in joining the orchestra, please do get in touch - we are always happy to hear from new players. Many of our members travel some distance to play with us; however we are of course particularly keen to hear from musicians living near Saffron Walden or in the district of Uttlesforde.