2017-18 Season

Martin Binks, Conductor

“The 127th season of Leeds Symphony Orchestra as usual sees us performing not only in Leeds but also in Knaresborough, Wetherby, Ilkley and Horsforth. We think that the concert programmes are an exciting mixture of the well-known and the rarer works in the repertoire.

The season opens, as usual, in October at the Wetherby Festival. Our soloist is Craig Ogden, president of LSO. Craig will be performing the Concierto del Sur by the Mexican composer Manuel Ponce, a favourite concerto with Classic FM audiences.

We welscome Maria Marshall for her debut with LSO in Elgar’s Cello Concerto in November. Maria comes from York and is now studying at the Guildhall School of Music in London. In 2015 she was named as Best Solo Performer at Harrogate Music Festival.

In our concerts in February and March, we are delighted to welcome back David Tan, playing Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto, surely the most lyrical concerto for the instrument of the twentieth century. David, with his brither Jonathan, performed Bach’s Double Violin Concerto in 2008. Last year he played the violin solo in Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben.

In May we will be joined by Otley and Ilkley Choral Societies in two performances of the Verdi Requiem. Both societies have appeared with LSO previously, but this will be the first joint concert. Since the work requires a large chorus, there will be some hundred and fifty singers. These concerts are not to be missed!

The orchestra and I look forward to seeing you at our concerts.”

Martin Binks, conductor.


Saturday 14 October 2017, 7.30pm
St James’ Church, Wetherby, LS22 6LP

Featuring guitarist Craig Ogden. Part of the Wetherby Festival.

Berlioz – Overture: Beatrice and Benedict
Tchaikovsky – Ballet Suite: Swan Lake
Manuel Ponce – Concierto del Sur for Guitar (Craig Ogden, Guitar)
Mussorgsky/Ravel – Pictures at an Exhibition


Saturday 11 November 2017, 7.30pm
St Chad’s Church, Headingley, LS16 5JT

Saturday 25 November 2017, 7.30pm
King James’ School, Knaresborough, HG5 8EB

Featuring cello soloist Maria Marshall

Weber – Overture: Oberon
Lalo – Rapsodie Norvegienne
Ben Munro – The Chase
Elgar – Cello Concerto (Maria Marshall, Cello)
Brahms – Symphony No.2 in D


Saturday 24th February 2018, 7.30pm
King James’ School, Knaresborough, HG5 8EB

Saturday 3rd March 2018, 7.30pm
St Chad’s Church, Headingley, LS16 5JT

Featuring violin soloist David Tan

Glinka – Overture: Ruslan and Ludmilla
Richard Strauss – Till Eulenspiegel
Barber – Violin Concerto (David Tan, Violin)
Franck – Symphony in D minor


Saturday 12th May 2018, 7.30pm
St Margaret’s Church, Ilkley, LS29 9QL

Saturday 19th May 2018, 7.30pm
St Chad’s Church, Headingley, LS16 5JT

With Ilkley Choral Society and Otley Choral Society

Verdi – Overture: The Sicillian Vespers
Verdi – Requiem (Soloists: Heather Jane Taylor, Joanna Gamble, Joseph Spratt, David Bainbridge)


Saturday 7th July, 2018, 7.30pm
St Margaret’s Church, Horsforth, LS16 5LA

An Evening of Classical Pops