The premier independent youth orchestra in the South East.
The Lydian Orchestra has been making music since 1976 and over the past few years has grown in size and stature, delivering fantastic performance and musical training opportunities to a wide range of young musicians from Kent, Sussex and Surrey.
Now 41 years old, it celebrated its 40th Anniversary last summer with a superb concert at the Pamoja Hall at Sevenoaks School. This was conducted by former Lydian cellist Nils Schweckendiek with its most ambitious programme yet: Rimsky Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol, Britten Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and Shostakovich Symphony No.5.
Meeting three times a year for an intensive week's course and concert - Winter, Spring and Summer - the main orchestra welcomes applications from those at the Grade 7/8 level and above and aged 13-23. There are no auditions. For those who haven't yet reached that standard and who therefore might find the repertoire somewhat challenging, why not join us for a course with the Lydian Training Orchestra which meets for three short weekends a year during term-time?
The Orchestra aims to go on a foreign tour every two years and holds a concerto workshop day in intervening years. 2017 was a tour year, so we will be holding a concerto workshop day on Saturday 18th August 2018 at the Plaza Suite Sevenoaks.
The Spring Concert takes place at the Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, Tonbridge on Saturday 7th April. Conducted by former Lydian horn player, and principal horn of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Alec Frank-Gemmill, with clarinettist Nelson Sinclair-Strong, they will perform an exciting programme of Strauss, Finzi and Brahms. Please see the Events page for more information.