The Tynedale Orchestra (formerly Tynedale Symphony Orchestra) was formed in 1988 to enable musicians in the Hexham area to rehearse together and give concerts.
We currently give concerts twice a year in the Autumn and Spring terms.
Rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings at Corbridge Middle School from 19.30 – 21.30.
The orchestra has grown steadily and now has over 40 members.
We like to play with local musicians and have had a number of soloists – both professional and amateur – from the area perform with us.
We have been lucky enough to perform with musicians from the Royal Northern Sinfonia; Bradley Creswick (violin), Iona Brown (violin), Nick Byrne (cello).
We have provided a platform for young local musicians looking for their first public outings, some of whom have gone on to play professionally; Rosemary Attree (violin), Simon Passmore (piano), Andrew Passmore (piano), Susie Winkworth (cello).
We have also encouraged orchestra members to play concertos with us; Lucy Beckman (clarinet), Susie Winkworth (cello), Frank O’Connor (french horn).
Graeme McKinnon was the first conductor of the orchestra (1988 – 1990) and was followed by Mike Thorne (1990 – 1995). Percy Lovell joined us for 10 years (1995 – 2005) and Alex Lewis is our current conductor (2005 – present).