About the orchestra
The orchestra was founded as Kingston U3A orchestra, under its founder conductor David Ward, in 2010 to encourage amateur musicians to enjoy playing in retirement. It became a fully independent organisation in 2014 and adopted a new name, Kingston Third Age Orchestra. The new name reflects the age group of the majority of our players, but we are keen to recruit younger players who are free during the day and able to attend Wednesday morning rehearsals.
We give three concerts a year in and around Kingston. We regularly perform with local choirs, in particular The Harmonie Choir, whose Director, Peter Bullett, is a member of the orchestra.
We hold social events for the players each term and once a year have a weekend away together to try out new repertoire and to socialise. At the end of the summer term we give a free informal morning concert, when we welcome an audience of all ages, including families with small children.
Our Founder Conductor
David Ward conducted the orchestra from its very first meeting in 2010 until he retired at the end of 2016. The orchestra owes him a huge debt of gratitude.
David Ward has had an active life as pianist, fortepianist, conductor and teacher. His performances and recordings of Mozart in particular, on piano and fortepiano, were highly praised. He has played in the major concert halls in London and in many parts of the UK as well as in Holland, Ireland, South Africa, America, Australia and New Zealand. He conducted for New Sadlers Wells Opera Company and has also conducted opera and oratorio in London, Dublin and Marseilles. He taught at the Royal College of Music for over 40 years where, among other things, he was instrumental in developing the area of fortepiano studies. He also taught fortepiano at the Birmingham Conservatoire. He has always enjoyed working with amateur players and singers, and delights in encouraging people to give fully, to listen to each other and to enjoy and appreciate the music.
Calling all string players! Here is an opportunity to get together to explore some string music in a variety of periods and styles. Open to everyone who plays violin, viola, cello or double bass (minimum standard Grades 4/5)
The dates: Saturday, 4th August 10.30 – 4.00 pm and Sunday, 5th August 2.30 – 4.00 pm at Kingston Methodist Church, Fairfield South, Kingston KT1 2UJ (on the corner of Fairfield South and Avenue Road).
For more details and application form click here.
Vacancies for strings
There are currently vacancies for violins and violas.
If you are interested or know of someone else who might be interested please look at our Join us page.
(with the Harmonie Choir)
Sunday 9 December 2018
All Saints Parish Church
Kingston KT1 1JP
the Armistice in 1918
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