Otley Chamber Orchestra


Our History

The Otley Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2009 by a small group of keen local musicians who wanted to provide an opportunity for themselves and others to enjoy orchestral music-making. We have now grown to a group of 40 – 50 committed players who meet fortnightly at the Otley Courthouse Arts Centre. The emphasis is on enjoying playing the Classical and early Romantic repertoire,and also some early 20th century works. Once a year we give a public concert in the Methodist Hall in Boroughgate, Otley.

Our Conductor
Chris Pelly is a conductor, pianist, trumpeter and singer. He started conducting Otley Chamber Orchestra on an occasional basis in 2014 and became our Musical Director in June 2016.

He studied Music at the University of Leeds and now arranges their International Concert Season. He is the Musical Director of the Leeds Haydn Players and Mirfield Choral Society, and also regularly conducts the West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra.
Our Leader

Chris Hodges joined Otley Chamber Orchestra as Leader in 2011.  He has played the violin in more than 20 orchestras acting as Leader in several of them. He is a scientist working for the University of Leeds.

Our next concert will be on 20th May, 2018


Brahms – Academic Festival Overture
Britten – Soirees Musicales Suite
Coates – Springtime in Angus (from the 3 Elizabeths Suite)
Beethoven – Symphony No 3 Eroica’

7.30pm at Wesley Hall, Boroughgate, Otley


Rehearsals are from 7pm – 9pm on Sunday evenings at Otley Courthouse on the following dates:

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    September 2017

    10th and 24th

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    October 2017

    8th and 22nd

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    November 2017

    12th and 26th

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    December 2017


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    January 2018

    14th and 28th

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    February 2018

    11th and 25th

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    March 2018

    11th and 25th

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    April 2018

    8th, 22nd and 29th

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    May 2018


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    June 2018

    10th and 24th

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    July 2018


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    August 2018


Our concert will be on the 20th May. We will have an extra rehearsal day on 22nd April (10am – 4pm).

Free parking is available at the car park adjacent to the venue.


There are currently a few vacancies for brass and percussionists and string players (Grade 6 and above). Our woodwind section is currently full but we keep a Waiting List (Grade 8 and above) and do try to give those players a chance when the regular players are away.

If you are interested in joining, please contact our Secretary Helen Thornton using the details below.


01943 463099