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.

40th Anniversary Concert 17th July 2016

40th Anniversary Concert 17th July 2016

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 in August 2018. Date tbc.


Forthcoming events

Next up is the LTO course for instrumentalists grades 3-6, held from 13th-15th October 2017, culminating in a short concert to parents and friends at 5pm on the Sunday afternoon.  The course takes place at Hilden Grange School, Tonbridge.  See the LTO page for further details and sign up form.

The Winter Concert will be on Thursday 21st December 2017 at the Pamoja Hall, Sevenoaks.  Conductor Peter Young and soloist Peter Xie (piano), winner of the Sevenoaks Young Musician of the Year competition, performing Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto.  More information to follow shortly.