History

The inaugural concert



 

Press coverage of the orchestra's inception



 
 

Conductors and Leaders of the Orchestra

 
Orchestra Conductors Years
Alan Kingston Feb 1977- May 1982
Grahame O’Connor Dec 1982
Gwyn Parry Jones May 1983 – June 1984
John Spurgeon Oct 1984 – Dec 1985
Robert Hammersley April 1986 – June 1996
Nigel Somerville July 1996 – July 2008
Chris Fletcher Campbell Sept 2008 - present
 
Orchestra Leaders Years
Harry Crooks Feb 1977 – Jun 1983
Mike Heathcoat Nov 1983 – Apr 1985
Carol Wray Dec 1985
Vera Charlwood Apr 1986
Marissa Miller Nov 1986 – Jun 1989
Clare Pollard Nov 1989
Harry Crooks (returning) May 1990 - Jun 1990
Helen Noyce Nov 1990 – Nov 1994
Ruth Harper Mar 1995 – Mar 2001
Piotr Jordan July 2001 - present
Julian Saxl (guest) Nov 2002 (Piotr Jordan was soloist)
Philip Augar (guest) Dec 2011, Mar 2012
Gillian Secret (guest) Dec 2013
John Hounam (guest) July 2019
Isabel Knowland (guest) Nov 2019