Saturday 4 November 2017 @ 1930, The Central Theatre, Chatham


Times Square, New York

Copland Fanfare for the Common Man
Barber Adagio for Strings
John Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue & An American in Paris
Copland Quiet City
John Williams E.T. Adventures on Earth

Peter Bassano Conductor
Jérôme Sadler Piano

Join us for an exciting programme of American classics, ranging from Copland’s famous Fanfare to the Common Man to John Williams’s exhilarating score for Steven Spielberg’s 1982 film “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial”. John Adams’s brilliant Short Ride in a Fast Machine is part of the BBC’s “Ten Pieces” project, and we could not, of course, present an American programme without some wonderful works by Gershwin; the Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris complete a thrilling programme.



Saturday 24 February 2018 @ 1930, The Central Theatre, Chatham


Vaughan-Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
John Ireland Piano Concerto
Robert Saxton Music to Celebrate the Resurrection
Elgar Variations on an Original Theme, Op.36 ("Enigma Variations")

Peter Bassano Conductor
Meng Yang Pan Piano

Our British programme begins and ends with favourites by Vaughan-Williams and Elgar. We are joined by the outstanding pianist Meng Yang Pan for John Ireland’s beautiful Piano Concerto, and the programme is completed by a powerful work by Oxford-based composer Robert Saxton.

The John Ireland Trust

The CRSO is very grateful for the support of the John Ireland Trust for this evening's performance


Available here, or by phoning the box office on 01634338338. Adults £11, £13, £17, Concessions £9, £11, £15, Students £5, Children £1



We are very grateful for our Platinum Sponsors for 2017-18, Mr and Mrs Andrew, for their support of this concert. For more information about supporting the CRSO, please follow this link.

Saturday 12 May 2018 @ 1930, The Central Theatre, Chatham


Tchaikovsky Overture-Fantasy, "Romeo and Juliet"
Bernstein West Side Story, Symphonic Dances
Jacob Bride Folk Rhapsody No.2 (2017 Revised Version)
Ravel Boléro
Peter Bassano Conductor

Our last programme of the season encompasses the twin themes of love and vibrant orchestral colours. The concert includes - by popular request - CRSO Associate Composer Jacob Bride’s 2017 revision of the engaging Folk Rhapsody No.2 which the CRSO premiered in 2015, and a favourite work of CRSO members; Ravel's Boléro. What a brilliant way to end our season!

Available here, or by phoning the box office on 01634338338. Adults £11, £13, £17, Concessions £9, £11, £15, Students £5, Children £1

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