Welcome to the Lydian Orchestra’s website. The Lydian Orchestra provides experience in orchestral playing for young people in West Kent. It gives 3 concerts a year preceeded by 1 week’s rehearsal and usually some other event such as a work shop day or foreign tour. Each course costs only £10.   It is a charity and totally independent but works to provide opportunities for serious musicians in the area, even occasionally giving them an opportunity to play a concerto with the orchestra.   

Our 40th Anniversary Concert will be taking place on July 17th 2016 and promisdes to be a really exciting event.   The programme will include Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnole, both works full of solos giving individual players a chance to shine.   In the 2nd half you will perform Shostakovich's 5th Symphony.    You can apply to play in this concert any time on the Events page.   A number of ex-players are hoping to take part so we really do need to hear from our current members if they want to play. 

Tickets (unreserved) are available from the Pamoja Hall Box Office:- boxoffice@sevenoaksschool.org
or at http://www.thespacesevenoaks.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on/.                                                                    Price £12 or £6 for under 21s.
The next Training Orchestra Course will be in mid May.   Please log on to the Training Orchestra Page

On Saturday August 20th we will be having a Workshop.  This is a chance for aspiring soloists to try out all or part of a concerto with the orchestra or even try your hand as a Conductor.   Please let Pippa Arden (secretary@lydian.org.uk) know if you can take part.    Depending on the number of applicants this could be a full day or half day.    There will be  a party afterwards!   The session will include a run through of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto with Katherine Lacy, former Lydian Soloist and current Principal Clarinettist of the RPO who is joining us to try out a new Basset Clarinet, so please try and come and support the orchestra even if you are not performing a solo.
(Please note that the February edition of the Friends Newsheet wrongly printed the day as Sunday 21st)

         The Tour of Germany and Belgium was a resounding success.  You can read all about it with
          John Gabriel's Blog some of whose photos appear below:-  

          Another tour will be planned for 2017

           The Sevenoaks Young Musician of the Year Competition has been won by Robert Cheung, a 17 year old
           pianist,  and he will perform Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto with us on Thursday 22nd December 2016
in the Pamoja Hall.   The concert will be conducted by Michael Hitchcock.

Contact Us

Secretary Pippa Arden   secretary@lydian.org.uk
Orchestral Manager Isabelle Ormsby   manager@lydian.org.uk
Chairman Anthony Daniel 0844 3320187 orchestra@lydian.org.uk
Musical Adviser Bryn Clarke  0844 3320188 music@lydian.org.uk
Treasurer Roland Niblett   treasurer@lydian.org.uk