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 February 26, 2016 at 3:00pm in Saffron Hall, with soloist Sam Haywood. Two of the most tempestuous orchestral works in the repertoire bookend a charming and vivacious piano concerto. The granitic and windswept nature of Sibelius’s Symphony No 1, which portrays the Nordic homeland of the composer in all its elemental majesty, owes an undoubted musical debt to Wagner’s depiction of a cosmic thunderstorm from Das Rheingold. Chopin’s Concerto No.1 provides an urbane, sparkling contrast.

Sam Haywood has performed to critical acclaim in many of the world’s major concert halls. The Washington Post hailed his 'dazzling, evocative playing' and 'lyrical sensitivity' and the New York Times his ‘’passionate flair and sparkling clarity’.

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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.