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Kettering Symphony Orchestra
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.
Leader of the Orchestra is Carolyn Nash who joined on the 1st.April 2010. Currently the Orchestra has around 45 members ranging from teenagers to pensioners. The Orchestra gives two concerts each year and also has an informal six week summer term to try different kinds of music.
Rehearsals for concerts are held at Isebrook School, Eastleigh Road, Kettering on Monday evenings from 7.30 to 9.30pm in the winter and spring school terms. The Orchestra usually has vacancies for string players. If you are around Grade 6 Associated Board standard and would like to join please click here to email the Membership Secretary to find out if there is a vacancy in your section.
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