Salomon Orchestra has been widely described as one of London’s finest non-professional symphony orchestras. We continue to put on high-quality performances of a broad range of symphonic repertoire, with three central London concerts per year (autumn, spring and summer) as well as other external events. Each concert has a different professional conductor.
The Salomon Orchestra was conceived in the Augustiner Keller in Vienna in 1963 by the conductor Nicholas Braithwaite and a group of his contemporaries. The orchestra has worked with artists in the early years of their professional careers, many of them now established names in British music making, including conductors Andrew Davis, Simon Rattle and Martyn Brabbins, and soloists such as Felicity Lott, Jean Rigby, Nigel Kennedy, Barry Douglas, Piers Lane, Paul Crossley and Ronan O’Hora.
The orchestra is named after violinist, composer and impresario Johann Peter Salomon (born in the same house as Beethoven in Bonn) who brought Haydn to England in 1791 and reflects the predominance of that composer in the orchestra’s early repertoire. Since then the orchestra has become known for its performance of late Romantic and 20th century works. In 1990 the Salomon Orchestra received the Enterprise award from the Performing Rights Society for its continued initiative in promoting the performance of contemporary music.
In 2023 we celebrated our 60th anniversary - and we hope to be around long into the future. In this Substack we will be posting information about our future concerts, including programme notes, our conductors, and soloists.
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