The orchestra celebrated its 15th anniversary last year, and it intends to celebrate its 30th. With their new Musical Director, Tony Hindley, the orchestra has grown in reputation and attracts guest professionals who give their time freely.
The orchestra plays a wide range of music to suit all tastes. In March this year they combined with the Britannia Choral Society to perform Mozart’s Coronation Mass and the classical favourite Zadoc the Priest. The concert was held in a packed, standing room only, St Saviors church in Dartmouth to an enthralled audience. It is hoped that the concert will attract new faces to the concerts given by the two groups when they perform on their own.
Being a community orchestra all are welcome. Many who have come back to playing after layoffs due to life’s interruptions have found pleasure in rekindling a musical love. String players seem to be the most reluctant to come forward but they are the most needed to enable the orchestra to grow to enable it to play bigger works.
Last year they played in the Flavel Church, which was full to overflowing, so this year they have moved to the larger venue of St Saviours Church.