We draw soloists from a wide range of players and singers, from local amateurs to music students and established professionals. As well as inviting back soloists who have performed with us before, we also provide career-launching opportunities for music college students and aspiring professionals. Previous soloists have included several finalists in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, including Ursula Smith (cello), Neil Farrow, (oboe), and Katharine O'Kane (cello). Jonathan Barrett, who played regularly with us when young, including Mozart's 4th Horn Concerto as soloist, went on to become Principal Horn with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. SGO is fortunate to have performed several times with the world-renowned guitarist Raymond Burley, international violin virtuoso Irmina Trynkos, and USA-based soprano Yukiko Ishida.

Please note that we plan our future programmes well in advance, and therefore solo opportunities may not be available until the following year

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2023 - Tabitha Appel (Violin) / Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

2022 - Hannah Roper (Violin) / Bruch Violin Concerto no 1

2020 - Fionnuala Ward (Piano) / Gershwin Piano Concerto in F 

2019 - Jacqueline Johnson (Cello) / Elgar Cello Concerto 

2019 - Oliver Johnston (Tenor), Claire Barnett-Jones (Mezzo-sop), Benjamin Bevan (Baritone) / Elgar The Dream of Gerontius

2018 - Olga Jegunova (Piano) / Grieg Piano Concerto

2018 - Bethe Levvy (Piano) / Litolff Concerto Symphonique & Addinsell Warsaw Concerto "Dangerous Moonlight"

2018 - Irmina Trynkos (Violin) / Sibelius Violin Concerto

2017 - Matthias Winkel (Oboe), Jackie Bushell (Clarinet), Steve Guard (Horn), Jonathan Ross (Bassoon) / Mozart Sinfonia Concertante

2017 - Mary Pope (Soprano) / Wagner Excerpts from Das Rheingold & Wagner Excerpts from Gotterdammerung

2017 - Irmina Trynkos (Violin) / Brahms Violin Concerto

2016 - Jacqueline Johnson (Cello) / Bruch Canzone & Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations

2016 - Bethe Levvy (Piano) / Brahms Piano Concerto 1

2016 - Leo Appel (Violin) / Korngold Violin Concerto

2015 - Emma Griffiths (Soprano) / Grieg Seven Songs & Rachmaninov Vocalise

2015 - Rebecca Herman (Cello) / Schumann Cello Concerto

2015 - Radovan Cavallin (Clarinet) / Stanford Clarinet Concerto & Kovacs Shalom Aleichem rov Feidman

2014 - Yukiko Ishida (Soprano) / Gliere Concerto for Coloratura Soprano & Bernstein Candide: Glitter and Be Gay

2014 - Karen Richmond (Soprano), Jeanette Ager (Mezzo-sop), Martin Quinn (Tenor), Laurence Williams (Bass) / Verdi Requiem

2014 - Shelly Organ (Bassoon) / Gliere Horn Concerto in Bb arr.

2014 - Olivier Bonnici (Violin) / Chausson Poeme & Saint Saens Violin Concerto 3

2013 - Katy Smith (Violin) / Glazunov Violin Concerto

2013 - Mark Probert (Tuba) / Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto