This orchestra gets better and better as the growing audience testifies.

Each year I am amazed, not only by the professional standard of the performances, but also because Shaun’s programmes are always intriguing.  He mixes the well-known with some less well-known, the old with the new, and symphonic with chamber works. 

Last season we were treated to the serene Mozart piano concerto no.21 ,  the emotional Elgar violin concerto, Bach’s violin concerto in E and then Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations.  Each programme however also brought something less well-known but equally rewarding for both the audience and the orchestra. 

He introduced me to some Charles Ives and Panufnik works at the start of the season, which were truly spell-binding and extremely moving.  The Grant Still symphony later in the year was a real delight; I really can’t understand why we don’t hear more of his works played by professional orchestras.   And then the final concert gave us Copland’s Appalachian Spring Ballet Suite. The orchestra must have put in hours and hours of practice with all the tricky time signatures and tempo changes.  Well done!

This season promises to be just as exciting, including well-known Brahms, Beethoven and Vaughan Williams symphonies complemented by Shostakovich’s film music for The Gadfly,  John Carmichael’s Trumpet concerto, Enescu’s famous Romanian Rhapsody and works by Britten, Smetana and Berlioz.

Among this season’s fantastic soloists is Jess Gillam, the exuberant and enthusiastic saxophonist who was a BBC Young Musician finalist this year. She will be playing a concerto with the orchestra in February.  You won’t want to miss that concert!

I’m delighted to continue my patronage and sponsorship of the orchestra.  Do come and join us.
Lady Ayckbourn









Shaun Matthew
Anthony Mason
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Concert Venue: Methodist Central Hall, Queen Street, Scarborough, YO11 1HQ