Kettering Symphony Orchestra is an amateur orchestra from the town of Kettering, Northants and is comprised of players from all around the surrounding villages and towns. We are a registered charity and put on several classical music concerts every year for the benefit of the local community and the members of the orchestra.
Currently the Orchestra has around 60 musicians ranging in age from teenagers to pensioners. The Orchestra currently presents two concerts each year, one in the spring and one in the winter, and also has an informal six week summer term to try different kinds of music.
Kettering Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1957 by Neville Dilkes who became its first conductor. In the early 1960’s he went on to found the English Sinfonia and the conductor’s baton was taken over by Oswald Lawrence, who had trained under Sir Henry Wood at the Royal Academy. He remained as conductor for 21 years and was followed by John Frith (1985-87), Alan Suttie (1987-91) and Eric Tebbett (1991-94). Harold Colman then took over the baton for 15 years finally handing over to Peter Dunkley after the 2009 Spring Concert.
The orchestra rehearses on Monday evenings at Isebrook School, Kettering during school terms and performs concerts at the Kettering Science Academy. If you wish to get in touch please use the contact form located here.
KSO in concert, April 2014, playing Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition at the Masque Theatre .
KSO in concert, April 2014, playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with soloist Jill Morton at the Masque Theatre.