A little history.......
The Orchestra was founded in 1988 by Stanley Evans and others, initially to provide opportunities for retired people to make music together. Stanley remained our conductor until his death in 2011. Starting with a handful of players of a very curious mix of instruments, the orchestra rapidly built up both its membership and its library of music. It now has between 40 and 50 members and a library of over 400 pieces. In February 2017 David Dawson was appointed our Director of Music.
What do we play?
The orchestra has a very large library of music of all kinds, more than 400 works in all, so our repertoire is quite varied. A typical afternoon might start with an overture and continue with music in a lighter vein. After a break for refreshment, we often finish with a symphony.
How many concerts do we give?
As we meet mainly for pleasure, the orchestra gives very few concerts. We present a concert at the Clarke Foley Centre at Christmas and are occasionally asked to provide music for other events at the centre.
How do I join?
If you would like to join us, please get in touch with Allan Jarvis on 0113 293 4222 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. He will be happy to tell you whether there is currently a vacancy for the instrument you play. At present (September 2019) we have no vacancies for woodwind, viola or 'cello. We would particularly welcome players of violin, double bass, trumpet and trombone.
What standard is required?
We welcome players of all standards. However, since we often play music through at sight, a reasonable level of sight-reading ability will be found an advantage.
The Ilkley New Horizons Orchestra is registered charity no. 1008919