About Lampeter Chamber Orchestra
Lampeter Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2005 by Dr George Lilley, to give local players, especially young players, the opportunity to rehearse and perform the classical music repertoire. Some of its young members have gone on to study at conservatoires or have appeared as soloists with other orchestras. Several currently play in the Three Counties Youth Orchestra. In 2009 we were delighted to accept the position of Orchestra in Residence at the University of Wales Lampeter.
The Orchestra gives five concerts in each season in and around Lampeter. It has won a reputation for performances of a high standard in a wide-ranging, adventurous repertoire featuring composers such as Wagner, Elgar, Puccini, Prokofiev and Bartok alongside Handel, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert.
"We are always on the look-out for new talent of all ages." says Dr George Lilley, violin and orchestra chairman, "A Chamber orchestra, by definition, has only a few players of each instrument. We number 30 at the most, whereas a full symphony orchestra may have 90 or 100. This, of course, enables us to take classical music to smaller communities". Although several members of the Orchestra are connected with the University, it is not a 'University Orchestra', being drawn from both Town and Gown. The Orchestra, which is the only one of its kind in the area, includes leading players from two larger orchestras, Philomusica of Aberystwyth and Symphonica Tywi. Anyone interested in joining the Orchestra should contact the Secretary
Players should be of a good amateur standard - normally Grade VIII or above.
The distinguished conductor Owain Arwel Hughes has agreed to be the Orchestra's first president. Owain Arwel Hughes combines an international concert and recording career with a commitment to furthering music education at the highest level for young people. For 23 years he has been Artistic Director of the Lloyds TSB Cardiff Welsh Proms, which he founded, and, since 2003, he has been Music Director of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. He is no stranger to Lampeter, having received an Honorary Fellowship of the University in 2007, to add to numerous Honorary Degrees and awards from other Universities and Conservatoires.
At present, the Orchestra receives no public funding, but sponsorship opportunities are always available; please contact the Secretary