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We are extremely excited by the prospect of MSO’s 2018-19 season. We’ve brilliant concertos for cello, trombone, violin and piano from Shostakovich, Gordon Jacob, Tchaikovsky and Schumann, played by some truly exceptional young solo artists, and a stellar soprano singing Wagner and Richard Strauss. Meanwhile, our MSO players are greatly looking forward to performing fabulous works by Britten, Mussorgsky, Kodály, Shostakovich, Mahler, Dvořák, Brahms, Borodin and Rachmaninov. What a musical feast! We’re greatly encouraged by the increase in our audience over the past few seasons, particularly via on-line sales. Yes, we’ve had to increase our prices marginally for this coming season, but when you consider current London prices - £50 to £60 is not unusual for a top-price concert ticket - I think you’ll agree that MSO continues to offer very good value. Of course, a Season Ticket gives you the best deal, with “5 concerts for the price of 4” - and just half of that for new subscribers. Remember, too, that “18s and under” are FREE! So book early, help us to spread the word, and join us for five outstanding evenings of “community” music-making. Click here to download our brochure

18 May 2019

Tom Poster



Borodin - Polovtsian Dances from “Prince Igor”

Schumann - Piano Concerto

Rachmaninov - Symphonic Dances

A stunning last concert to our season. We’re delighted to welcome back the critically acclaimed pianist, Tom Poster, playing Schumann’s magnificent Piano Concerto. Elsewhere we’re Russian all the way, with glorious romantic melodies in Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances from his opera “Prince Igor”, and Rachmaninov’s final masterpiece, his Symphonic Dances. Both are extrovert works, full of musical invention and overflowing with the sounds of orchestral brilliance.

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13 October 2018

Maxim Calver



Britten - Sinfonia da Requiem

Tchaikovsky - Variations on a Rococo Theme

Mussorgsky/Ravel - Pictures at an Exhibition

Unfortunately, Michael Petrov had to withdraw as soloist for the concert with an injury, but we were delighted that 18-year old Maxim Calver, who was highly acclaimed at BBC Young Musician 2018, will be playing Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations, which he performed at the competition. To start we’ve Benjamin Britten’s powerful and moving Sinfonia da Requiem, written at the outbreak of World War 2. To finish there’s Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition in the flamboyant orchestration by Ravel. Originally for piano, and inspired by the drawings and watercolours of Viktor Hartmann, it ends with a spectacular musical depiction of the “Great Gate of Kiev”.

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1 December 2018

Peter Moore



Kodály - Dances of Galánta

Gordon Jacob - Trombone Concerto

Mahler - Symphony No.1 “Titan”

Kodály’s very ethnic and Hungarian-sounding Dances of Galánta set the scene for Gordon Jacob’s highly entertaining Trombone Concerto. Ten years on from playing it to become the youngest BBC Young Musician, Peter Moore is now co-principal trombonist of the LSO. Mahler’s vision changed the concept of the symphony. For him it was not just about music, but something “world encompassing”. In his 1st Symphony there’s vast power from a huge orchestra, contrasted with a song-like charm.

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2 February 2019

April Fredrick



Wagner - Prelude & Liebestod from “Tristan & Isolde”

Richard Strauss - Four Last Songs

Shostakovich - Symphony No.5

We may all be emotional wrecks by the end of this concert! The acclaimed soprano, April Fredrick, sings Richard Strauss’s highly charged, yet beautifully poised, Four Last Songs. She also joins MSO in our glorious opener in which Wagner encapsulates the essence of his opera Tristan and Isolde. The 5th Symphony was the make-or-break work for Shostakovich. Written in 1937 in the midst of Stalin’s “Great Terror”, its dual sense of optimism and tragedy both placated diehards of the Soviet regime and gave comfort to the oppressed.

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23 March 2019

Benjamin Baker



Dvořák - Symphonic Variations

Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto

Brahms - Symphony No.2

A concert for musical connoisseurs, but also for everyone! New Zealand virtuoso, Benjamin Baker, returns to MSO with Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular Violin Concerto. Dvořák’s wonderfully crafted Symphonic Variations manage to be immediately appealing, yet curiously, rather neglected. Brahms’s 2nd Symphony was an instant success, moving from musical light to darkness, and then back again, with a consummate mix of joy and profundity.

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Pre-concert talks

Steve Migden presents Free Pre-concert talks before each concert from 6.40-7.10pm


Steve has been a professional musician and educator since arriving from the USA in 1965 to study horn at the Royal Academy of Music. He presents informative informal and 'fun' talks throughout Kent. He has served MSO as Principal Horn, MOS Chairman, and currently as an MOS Vice President.


All our concerts are held in Mote Hall Mote Leisure Centre, Maidstone, ME15 7RN.


Wheelchairs can be accommodated in certain areas of the hall. A number of reserved car parking spaces are available for visitors with disabilities. The bar is open before and after the concerts, and during the interval. Interval drinks may be pre-ordered Refreshments are available in the bar foyer

Please note that Maidstone Leisure Centre (Mote Hall) have installed a vehicle number plate recognition system in the car park. However, we have arranged for the system to be TURNED OFF AT 5.30pm prior to each of our concerts. Therefore, please ignore all signage and park as normal, without registering your vehicle’s number plate.

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Phone number 0333 666 3366

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Maidstone Symphony Orchestra performs at Mote Hall, in Mote Park, Maidstone, which has a seating capacity of approximately 900. Concerts start at 7.30pm, with Free pre-concert talks presented by Steve Migden from 6.40pm to 7.10pm. Current Season Ticket Holders save up to 20% by buying a season ticket for all concerts.  HALF PRICE FOR NEW SEASON TICKET SUBSCRIBERS!   Students £5 and FREE for under 18s.  You can book tickets for individual concerts online, by phone, or buy tickets at the door.  Click here for more information on buying tickets.

About Us

Under the direction of its acclaimed and popular conductor, Brian Wright, Maidstone Symphony Orchestra is regarded as one of the UK's finest "community" orchestras. It was formed in 1910 as Maidstone Orchestral Society, still the title of the concert promoting organisation.

Today MSO is a superbly well-balanced mix of local professionals and ex-professionals, music teachers and excellent amateur players who come together regularly on a voluntary basis to produce concerts of a professional standard. This entails great commitment by the players, many of whom travel from all over Kent, and beyond, to attend MSO's weekly Thursday evening rehearsals.

The MOS is a registered charity number 1163384.

Brian Wright


Brian Wright

Brian Wright has been Music Director and Conductor of Maidstone Symphony Orchestra since 1990.

Brian studied as a Gulbenkian scholar in London and Munich. He won major prizes in conducting competitions at La Scala, Milan and with the London Symphony Orchestra. He was Assistant Conductor to the LSO and then Associate Conductor to the BBC, winning acclaim for performances at the Proms. Brian has conducted all the UK orchestras, toured in Europe with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and in Europe and China with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been a guest conductor in almost 20 countries.

For further information click here to see Brian's website

Andrew Pearson


Andrew Pearson

Andrew Pearson studied at the Universities of Cardiff and Cambridge, and the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart, before embarking on a career as a professional violinist. During this time he played for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the State Opera Orchestra in Stuttgart and the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra in Heilbronn. He was subsequently appointed Head of Strings at Lancing College before moving to Tonbridge School in the same role. Andrew is still active as a recitalist, often rediscovering long lost gems of the violin and chamber repertoire.


Chairman - Peter Colman

General Secretary - Lyn Parker,

Treasurer - Harriet Finch,

Ticketing - Nicci Whittaker.

Ben Knowles and Angela Migden

Richard Ashby, Peter Hart, John Horne

John Lill CBE (President),

Janet Ash (Vice-President),

David King (Vice-President),

Steve Migden (Vice-President),

Brian Wright (Conductor & Music Director),

Malcolm Withnall (Chairman Friends of MOS)

Friends of MOS

The Friends of Maidstone Orchestral Society are our financial lifeline.

The Friends help to bridge the gap between the price of the tickets and the actual cost of the concerts. We would love you to join them and help the orchestra continue to perform its excellent season of concerts. The Friends are chaired by Richard Ashby, and the Secretary is Evelyn Shoults. If you would like to know more about the Friends please contact their Secretary, Evelyn Shoults, by email at [email protected]



The Kent Messenger described MSO's players as "A fantastically loyal group of players with amazing abilities." Coming from all over Kent, they are recognised for all giving of their time unstintingly with more than 23 hours of rehearsal for each concert.

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Small Print
The Society is an Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), governed under a Constitution dated 1 October 1992 and last amended 11 December 2014. Trustees (Committee) are appointed or elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting. The Maidstone Orchestral Society was first registered as a charity in October 1983 with the aim to advance and promote public education in, and appreciation of, music by the presentation of public concerts and recitals.

Maidstone Orchestral Society (MOS) is retained as the title of the orchestra’s promoting body and, unusually, the Society has two types of members – players and audience. MSO’s core of voluntary players pay an annual subscription to become members both of the orchestra and of the Society. Annual season ticket subscribers also become members of the Society, and both player and audience members have equal voting rights at the MOS Annual General Meeting and equal representation on the Management Committee. This MOS/MSO organisation may not be unique in music promotion, but it has particular strength for a community orchestra in bringing together every possible strand of local expertise.

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