Otley Chamber Orchestra

About

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.

Next concert: 21st May 2017

7.30pm at Wesley Hall, Boroughgate, Otley (next to the Methodist Church) 

Tickets £9 (under 18’s free) from Otley Courthouse Tel. 01943 467466 or otleycourthouse.org.uk or on the door.

Proceeds in aid of Otley Courthouse.

Overture Egmont – Beethoven
Variations on a Theme of Haydn – Brahms
Symphony No 3 (Scottish) – Mendelssohn

Rehearsals

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

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    September 2016

    11th and 25th

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    October 2016

    9th and 23rd

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    November 2016

    13th and 27th

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    December 2016

    11th

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    January 2017

    8th and 22nd

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    February 2017

    12th and 26th

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    March 2017

    12th and 26th

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    April 2017

    9th and 23rd

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    May 2017

    7th and 14th

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    June 2017

    11th and 25th

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    July 2017

    9th

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    August

    Break

Our concert will be on the 21st May. We will have an extra rehearsal day on 2nd April (10am – 4pm).


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

Join

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.

otleychamberorchestra@gmail.com

01943 463099