as 'The Derby Light Orchestra' in 1949 by Allan Street (a well known
brass player and teacher) the orchestra originally concentrated on
'light classical' repertoire. Performance standards were initially high
and the orchestra continues in this tradition. Violinist - Alfredo
Campoli and the Derby composer - Ronald Binge featured in concerts in
those far-off days.
time, the name and characteristics of the orchestra changed as it
matured and grew. Now the entire orchestral repertoire is played, from
smaller scale baroque performance to the mightiest symphonic works.
such as Leon Goosens and Nigel Kennedy have featured along with many
other established artists. Additionally we often invite new and
emerging singers and instrumentalists to perform, usually leading to
some extraordinarily exciting and memorable concerts.