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The Surrey Mozart Players are widely regarded as the UK's premier non-professional chamber orchestra, drawing its members from Surrey and surrounding counties. The orchestra perform a series of 5 - 6 concerts each season at the Electric Theatre, Guildford, under the baton of our Music Director Kenneth Woods. Our exciting concerts feature a wide range of repertoire, from the Baroque to recently commissioned works.

Their playing has recently been described as: 'well articulated, vigorous and controlled with strong dynamic contrasts, steady, harmonious woodwind, brass and string combinations and delicate phrasing... thrilling'


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Rossini - William Tell Overture

Paganini - Violin Concerto No.1

Brahms - Serenade No.1


An exciting start to 2014

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From left to right: Simon Desbruslais, John McCabe, Kenneth Woods

Sally Basker


2014 has already got off to an exciting start for the Surrey Mozart Players with a thrilling performance of John McCabe’s trumpet concerto La Primavera, in the presence of the composer. The soloist, the brilliantly versatile Simon Desbruslais, also wowed the audience in the 2nd half of the concert with his performance of Telemann’s trumpet concerto. The concert also threw the spotlight on our percussionist Sally Basker, who played a vast array of percussion with complete mastery during the McCabe.
The evening concluded with a sparkling performance of Copland’s Appalachian Spring, an evocative depiction of a young couple on their wedding day, featuring the much-loved ‘Simple Gifts’ shaker melody, which many of our audience were heard humming as they left!


John McCabe kindly wrote to the orchestra after the concert, ‘thank you to the Players for the splendid concert on Saturday and especially the excellent performance of my Primavera. I thought the concert was consistently lively and played with great musicianship and technical skill - it made an exceptionally satisfying evening. A lovely programme, beautifully performed - Guildford is lucky to have you.’

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