On the 15th July the orchestra held a reunion event at the magnificent home of Endcliffe Orchestra founder Margaret Staniforth. Approximately sixty former and current members attended on what was a stunning summer’s day, with musical contributions performed to compliment the cake and prosecco.

The event was intended as a belated celebration of the orchestra’s fortieth year, founded as it was by Margaret in 1977. Plans were made in 2017 to mark the achievement but the orchestra’s performance of the Somme 100 project meant a summer reunion had to be delayed until 2018 – but it was well worth the wait and a truly magical day was had by all.

Thanks to Margaret for allowing us into the grounds of her home, and to everyone from the orchestra who made the event possible. It was great to see so many former members and to witness the passion and enthusiasm held towards the orchestra. See you at the 80th anniversary in 2057!

from left to right: our current conductor Martin Lightowler, former conductor Tony Ward, orchestra founder Margaret Staniforth and former conductor Nigel Hildreth