The Scarborough Symphony Orchestra is preparing for its first concert in over a year – the venue is Queen Street Methodist Hall



Shaun Matthew, Music Director of the Scarborough Symphony Orchestra, looks forward to first concert in 18 months

“The musicians are really looking forward to getting back to our usual Tuesday night rehearsals,” said Shaun Matthew, Music Director of the orchestra. “We have some great pieces of music to prepare, including Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Dvořák’s Cello Concerto.”

After being silent for 18 months, the orchestra moved to a new rehearsal hall at St Luke’s Church Hall, Stepney Drive. “We are on an exciting journey,” said Shaun, “returning to painstaking rehearsals with Covid best practices in mind. We aim to maintain our reputation as one of the best amateur orchestras in the country.”

One of the soloists appearing in their first post-Covid concert will be international singer Joanne Lunn, performing at the joint world premiere of Martin Romberg’s Symphony of Saints.

Scarborough Symphony Orchestra prepares for concert at Queen Street Methodist Church

Joanne is one of Britain’s foremost baroque sopranos. Martin Romberg is one of the most active orchestral composers of his generation in Scandinavia. He is particularly known for his JRR Tolkien and his inspired orchestral and choral works.

The play has a connection to North Yorkshire. The orchestra performed one of Martin’s works two years ago and while in the area, orchestra member Mandy Morrell took Martin to visit Lastingham Church, which has ties to St Cedd in the 6th century.

Mandy commissioned Martin to compose a work celebrating the work of the northern saints: St Columba, St Aidan and St Cuthbert.

“This is fantastic news for the orchestra,” Shaun said. “Everyone is looking forward to our first gig in 18 months and the news that Joanne will be performing with the orchestra is a major boost to everyone’s morale.

Baroque singer Joanne Lunn will join the Scarborough Symphony Orchestra for her concert on Saturday, November 27

The concert will also feature Rimsky-Korsakov’s famous Scheherazade and another popular guest soloist, Christina Waldock, performing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto.

Tickets for the November 27 concert at Queen’s Street Methodist Central Hall from 7.15pm are available online at, Revolutions Music in Scarborough or the Art Café in Whitby.

The first concert of the season will be on Saturday, November 27 starting at 7:15 p.m. at Queen Street Methodist Hall.

Tickets are £ 12 (£ 10 off) available in advance online from or Revolutions Music, Huntriss Row, Scarborough, or the Art Café Contemporary Gallery, Flowergate, Whitby. Children and students can attend the concert for free. Tickets will also be available in the evening.

The orchestra is always keen to meet potential new players of an appropriate level, especially young musicians keen to gain orchestral experience. Rehearsals take place most Tuesdays from 7:30 p.m. Anyone interested is requested to contact the secretariat in advance at [email protected]



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