Dartford Light Orchestra…
…actually we are more of an ensemble!
There was in the not too distant past a Dartford Concert Orchestra and a Gravesend Light Orchestra which joined forces 14 years ago to make the Dartford Light Orchestra.
There are a few stalwarts remaining consisting of violins, a ‘cello, flutes, a clarinet, a trumpet, and a Bass Guitar (in lieu of a string bass).
Each one of us played in either or both of the orchestras at some time in the past and our ages range from the ‘baby of the bunch’, Lynne at 42, to our ‘grand old gentleman’ , Jack at 90 years young!
As we have no conductor we play in the round which is very good for our listening skills and we manage extraordinarily well like this. There is quite a lot of playing experience between us and we have been together for some years.
Our musical repertoire is very varied; we enjoy playing music from the shows such as The Sound of Music, Salad Days, Cats, Blue for a Boy, South Pacific, Hans Christian Anderson and The King and I, along with selections from Gilbert & Sullivan and Abba.
We also play marches including The Liberty Bell, Old Comrades and The Radetzky March and a number of waltzes such as Voices of Spring, The Blue Danube, Over the Waves, Masquerade and A Waltz Dream.
Then there are a number of incidental pieces such as the Grasshoppers Dance, The Teddy Bears Picnic, Hobomoko, Aisha and Sidewalk. Sometimes we also play some classics such as Delibes’ Coppélia and Haydn Wood’s the Seafarer along with anything else that we find in our very extensive library. We are also constantly on the lookout for new pieces that are suitable for us.