Dulwich Symphony Orchestra Celebrates 60th Anniversary

The Dulwich Symphony Orchestra is the local orchestra with a professional conductor and leader. The players are, like me, amateur musicians, who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and ages, and enjoy the satisfaction of working together to achieve a high standard.

We play a huge variety of orchestral music that is both musically satisfying and technically challenging, and some of it far from the usual amateur orchestra fare; for instance this coming season we are featuring music from Latin America, Russia and including three concertos for unusual instruments. The members are a really friendly bunch and people move around in their sections in order to get to know each other better, and play together better! New members are always welcome, both those with experience and those keen to learn. We do not hold auditions but if an enquiry matches a vacancy in the orchestra then we invite people to come along and play at a rehearsal before making a commitment to join us. At present we have vacancies for violins, violas, double basses, French horns and tuba, but here in London, where people are often moving in and out of an area, this can change in a very short time.

Apart from rehearsing for our three concerts each year we also have a blossoming outreach programme working to interest local children generally in music and hopefully taking up an instrument; currently we are working with the pupils at the Elmgreen School with our assistant conductor Lindsay Ryan. The DSO is also in the process of appointing a permanent conductor to succeed Julian Williamson who worked with the orchestra for 15 years and raised the orchestra to it's present high standard. The job description is on our website dulwichsymphonyorchestra.org.uk

At our next concert, on Saturday 27 November 2010, we will be celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the orchestra. Leigh O'Hara, the Director of Music at James Allen's Girls' School, will be our guest conductor and the programme will include Huapango - Moncayo ;Clarinet concerto in A major- Mozart, Soloist: Boyan Ivanov : Symphony No 2 in E minor - Rachmaninov

All our concerts are at All Saints' Church, Lovelace Road, West Dulwich, SE21 8JY and start at 7.45pm. Ticket prices are £8, concessions £5 and children under 16 free, and include an interval drink.

Frances Barrett