23 Nov 2019 Jubilee Concert
9th (including AGM)
30th No rehearsal - half term
23rd (Saturday) Rehearsal 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm and Concert 7.30 pm - St Mary’s Church, Hitchin
Autumn Term 2020
Rehearsals are currently suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
10 May 2020 Concert
19th No rehearsal - half term
8th No rehearsal - Easter holiday
15th No rehearsal - Easter holiday
16th (Saturday) Rehearsal 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm and Concert 7.30 pm - St Mary’s Church, Hitchin
This season we celebrate two outstanding successes:
The orchestra's 90th year of its founding by Mary Ibberson in 1929;
The 50th anniversary, in November 2019, of Janet Hicks as the orchestra's Leader. We believe this staggering achievement is not matched by any other orchestral Leader, whether of an amateur or professional orchestra.
Janet Hicks personally chose the programme for her Golden Jubilee Concert on Saturday 23 November 2019. In addition to pieces by George Butterworth and Edward German, HSO welcomed back soloist Peter Bussereau to play the Schumann Violin Concerto and Dvořák Romance for Violin and Orchestra.
The programme for HSO's concert on Saturday 16 May 2020 was specially chosen by Paul Adrian Rooke. For a number of years Paul was Music Adviser to The Rutland Boughton Music Trust. He transcribed a large number of pieces from manuscript, some of which had never been performed. A Summer Night is a symphonic poem of great beauty and passion that he transcribed in 2010. It was recorded on CD for the first time later that year.
Fenella Humphreys is one of the UK's most established and versatile violinists. Her playing has been described in the press as 'alluring', unforgettable' and 'a wonder'. She has appeared once previously with HSO, giving a stunning and memorable performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. 'Fenella is a brilliant violinist,' said Paul, 'and I know her performance of the ever-popular Bruch concerto will be totally stunning – not to be missed!' Paul's own second symphony was composed and first performed in 2005. 'I'm actually quite moved by this piece,' said Paul, 'and I hope the audience will be too'.
To find out more, please visit our Concerts page.
How to Book
Tickets for our concerts are available to purchase in the following ways.
In person: Hitchin Information (1A Churchyard) or on the door (subject to availability)
From members: Place an order with your orchestra contact
Ways to Save
Patrons’ discount: Members of the HSO Patrons scheme are entitled to a saving of £1.50 when buying their ticket. Visit Support Us for full details of how to become a Patron.
Buy in advance: Benefit from a discount of £3 per ticket when bought by midnight on the Wednesday before a Saturday concert, compared to on the door.
Concessions: This rate is available to people aged 65 and over, full-time students aged 16+ and people who are registered disabled.
Children: Accompanied under 16s are admitted free of charge.