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 42 years old, it celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2016 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

Concerts for 2019

The Spring Concert took place at the Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Tonbridge on Sunday 7th April.  The concert was conducted by Benedict Collins Rice.

The post-tour Summer Concert will also take place at Tonbridge Parish Church, on Saturday 3rd August at 7.30pm. This concert will be conducted by Christoph Nielbock, director of the Music Academy in Wiesbaden. Christoph will also be conducting the tour concerts in France. More information on the tour and concert can be found on the Tour and Events pages.

The Winter Concert will be on Saturday 21st December at 7.30pm at the Pamoja Hall, Sevenoaks School. The conductor on this occasion will be Brynly Clarke.