The orchestra has about 40 members, mostly in the Grade 6 - 8 range. Many of them have picked up again instruments that they played earlier in life; others have taken up their instruments more recently. We also have several music teachers in the orchestra, along with a few who have been professional performers, though not necessarily on the instruments they play here.
Click here to read about the experiences of some of our members.
We rehearse at Kingston United Reformed Church, in Eden Street, Kingston, KT1 1HZ, on Wednesday mornings from 10.15 until 12.30, in three ten week terms.
If you are interested in joining us, click here.
The orchestra is run by an elected committee. Current members are:
Chairman Jonathan Law
Secretary Mary Hayes
Treasurer Peter Anning
Angela Ayton, Barbara Harrison, Perry Kitchen (concert manager), Chris Pocock.
Ex officio: Rupert Bond.
Music keeps me fit as a fiddle
Letter to the Daily Mail
3 Sep 2018
Keeping young: Musical super-ager Susan Pluthero
LIKE Averil Mansfield in the How To Be A Super-Ager pullout (Mail), I learned to play the cello when I retired.
I took it up to experience being a learner before becoming a piano teacher, but loved it so much I kept going, passing Grade 7 in 2016.
The cello is more challenging than the piano and has introduced me to many new friends.
I play with the Kingston Third Age Orchestra and find that the ever improving standard of playing keeps me on my toes! We have a number of late starters in the orchestra, as well as professional musicians.
Stiff joints can be a problem, but keeping them moving by playing is a bonus. Don’t be put off by the heavy and unwieldy nature of the instrument — I simply use a flat-pack trolley.
Music is a marvellous way to keep young. Choose an instrument you really want to play and have lessons, or join a choir. You won’t regret it! SUSAN PLUTHERO, Ashford, Middlesex.
Vacancies for strings
3 pm Sunday 24 March 2019
All Saints Parish Church
Kingston KT1 1JP
Italian Girl in Algiers
Movements from Serenade No. 11 K375 and No. 12 K388
Organ Concerto Cuckoo and the Nightingale
Trumpet Concerto in E flat
Paris Symphony No. 31 K297