Anniversary concert for Derby Concert Orchestra

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Derby Concert Orchestra and it will be celebrating with a special concert at the city’s cathedral.

The varied programme will include Suppe’s Pique Dame overture which was the very first piece played by the orchestra at a concert in 1950.

It was founded in 1949 by Derby trumpeter and teacher Allan Street. At the time it was known as the Derby Light Orchestra and over the years notched up a notable list of guest performers including violinist Alfredo Campoli and Derby’s own Ronald Binge who is best known as the composer of Sailing By the melody that still introduces the late night Shipping Forecast on BBC Radio Four.

By the 1960s tastes in music were changing and instead of a light classical repertoire the orchestra was performing more large scale pieces, so they adopted the new name of the Derby Concert Orchestra in 1965. 

Led by principal conductor Jonathan Trout, they now play six concerts a year. 

The 70th Anniversary Concert on March 14 at 7pm will also feature Dvorak’s cello concert with Katherine Jenkinson, who is from Derby and one of the UK’s finest cellists, as soloist. The programme includes Holst’s Planets Suite.

Tickets are available from or from Foulds Music, in Derby.