Con Spirito: Inside the SSO


SSO logo


Our heartfelt thanks to


Berthold Carrière

Barbara Steed Young 

Music Directors Emeritus


  whose support and leadership have guided the SSO to a firm and stable position. 



Warm greetings from the Stratford Symphony Orchestra. Con Spirito enables us to carry on a conversation with music lovers in the Stratford community and beyond. Please feel free to send us an email  

with your thoughts or comments.



Send this edition of Con Spirito to your friends. 

Just click





Mark your calendar:   


World War
One Remembrance


Saturday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Knox Presbyterian Church

Guest conductor:  

Judith Yan  


Guest artists:

Joanna Gorska, violin


Canadian Men's Chorus


Stratford Police Pipes and Drums


Mark Fletcher,

solo piper 



Volunteers needed for SSO activities

For information, contact the SSO office.


In-kind Sponsors 


OnSite Technology

SSO Season 10 Opening Concert  
First Night of the Proms
Saturday, Oct. 4 

The Stratford Symphony Orchestra's Season 10 opens Saturday, October 4, with First Night of the Proms, a celebration of music by composers both British and Canadian, presented in the style of the classic BBC Proms.


Guest violin soloist Andrew Chung joins the orchestra to play
The Lark Ascending, one of the most popular classical pieces of all time, written by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The orchestra will also play Vaughan Williams's Overture to The Wasps. Later in the program Geraint Wyn Davies will be guest narrator for a concert suite from the original film score for Henry V by William Walton. Compositions by Edward Elgar and Canadians Godfrey Ridout and Healey Willan will round out program. See the  entire program and conductor's notes about the program.

Guest conductor will be Nigel Evans, who has twice conducted the SSO and was a French horn player during the orchestra's first season (2005-2006). He is one of six candidates for the permanent position of principal conductor. The other five are Paul Pulford, William Rowson, Ronald Royer, Daniel Warren and Judith Yan, all of whom will conduct SSO concerts this season. The new principal conductor will be named in March.


The concert will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church Saturday, October 4, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Individual tickets (adults, $35; students, $20; children 12 and under, $10) are available online and at Fanfare Books, Blowes Stationery downtown, Festival Marketplace kiosk and Lyric Flowers in St. Marys. Tickets will also be sold at the concert.


Season subscriptions (six concerts for $180) and flex packages (four concerts for $120) are available from the SSO office. Phone: (519) 271-0990. Email: info@stratfordsymphonyorchestra. Student rates are also available.

Online tickets sold out for Jan. 24 concert

Although online tickets for the Saturday, Jan. 24, Celtic concert with Loreena McKennitt are sold out, tickets for that date are still available through purchase of season subscriptions or from local ticket outlets (Fanfare Books, Blowes Stationery downtown, Festival Marketplace kiosk and Lyric Flowers in St. Marys) two weeks prior to the concert.


Online tickets for Friday, Jan. 23, are still available.

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to help with front-of-house activities for upcoming concerts, including Oct. 4. These activities include selling tickets, taking tickets, handing out programs, monitoring doors and elevator, and others.


Volunteers are also needed to form a small hospitality committee to look at ways to welcome the more than 300 international visitors who have already bought tickets for the two Celtic concerts featuring Loreena McKennitt January 23 and 24. Jean Hewitt, who has been helping organize volunteer efforts, says "We need enthusiastic individuals who would like to roll out the welcome mat to people coming from as far away as Brazil - braving Stratford in January!"


Two volunteers will be needed to manage silent auctions held in conjunction with the two Celtic concerts. These volunteers are not expected to get auction items but rather to set up and run the event. They will be provided with forms and everything else needed.


If you're interested in any of these volunteer opportunities, contact the SSO office by phone (519-271-0990) or email (



SSO annual general meeting Nov. 9

The SSO's annual general meeting is scheduled for Sunday, November 9, at 4 p.m. in Knox Presbyterian Church. The agenda will include the election of officers for 2014-2015, review of financials and a question-and-answer period. Nigel Howard will preside. The meeting is open to the public.

SSO purchases two new timpani

The SSO celebrates the acquisition of a pair of brand-new timpani! Purchased with a generous grant from the Stratford Community Foundation, the $5400 pair of drums is a welcome addition to the orchestra. Until this season, the SSO has rented timpani for each concert, incurring substantial rental and transportation costs.

Described by the SSO timpanist, Stratford native Devon Roulston, as "awesome," the drums possess a remarkable tonal quality and dynamic range. They are manufactured in the Netherlands by Adams Percussion, renowned instrument designers and makers.

The SSO hopes to "complete the set" (of four drums) in the near future. 


The orchestra has also received an Ontario Arts Council grant in support of the new season.


 SSO Sponsors and Supporters

  Trillium logo





Contact Us

George Pearson / Editor, Con Spirito