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The University of London Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1955 with the aim of providing a means in which students could play together. It accepts both students who hope to pursue a future career in music, and those who wish to perform while studying other academic subjects.

Recognised as one of the leading student orchestras in London, they perform challenging concerts to a high standard, and organise frequent public performances.

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On the 1st June, from 7.30pm, the University of London Symphony Orchestra will perform a Summer Concert at St. Stephen's Church on Gloucester Road. Tickets are £10 for adults, £8 concessions, and £5 students.

The programme begins with Verdi's overture to La Forza del Destino, which translates to 'The Force of Destiny'. It the ominous opening musical sequence to an Italian opera, based on a Spanish drama, called Don Įlvaro o la fuerza del sino.

This will be followed by Respighi's Pines of Rome, an epic tone poem describing 'centuries-old trees' that 'become witness to the principal events in Roman life.' I first heard the piece in Fantasia 2000, and it is incredibly uplifting.

To finish off, Rachmaninoff's final work, Symphonic Dances, a macabre orchestral suite in three pieces. The concert will be conducted by Masayuki Carvalho, who has worked with orchestras all over Europe.
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Why? Fun for music lovers
When: 1st June, 7.30pm
Where: St. Stephen's Church
Cost: £10 adult, £8 concession, £5 student
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