Good Day Sunshine!

Sun Kissed Classics to chase away the Winter Blues!

The orchestra performed a great selection of music from the Baroque period to the 20th Century for an audience of approximately 230 at Ecclesall Parish Church, on Saturday January 27th 2018.

Orchestra trumpet players Alex Shields and Neil Bermel were the soloists in Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Trumpets, and a beefed-up percussion section gave a fine flourish to Berlioz’s March to the Scaffold and Gershwin’s Cuban Overture.



We were honoured to have the company of Endcliffe Orchestra founder Margaret Staniforth who was introduced to the room by Martin Lightowler prior to the second half of the concert.

The orchestra would like to thank local amateur musician John Kilpatrick for providing us with one of his home-built harpsichords for the Vivaldi.

And thanks to orchestra double-bass player John Goepel for being such an effective Concert Manager – you do it so well!

Margaret commented afterwards:

Dear Martin,

Just a quick note to thank you for such a pleasant evening last night. it was great being part of the audience.
I was SO impressed by the vitality of the orchestra, and have to admit to feeling a little self satisfied that the idea I had way back in March 1977 had developed into such an obviously successful project over the ensuing years. Gratifying too that there are so many  and ever increasing band of ADULTS enjoying classical music! WELL DONE! The programme was incredibly ambitious. difficult even but what a great fist you all made of it! I felt very proud of you all. I see that the summer programme is equally ambitious! 
Many thanks once again

And from Andrew Mart who stood in as contrabassoonist:

I admit i had goosebumps in the slow movt of the Karelia – the string playing was fantastic and rich…. Great orchestra, it was a pleasure to play for it.


Concert Programme:

Mendelssohn – Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Vivaldi – Concerto for two trumpets

(Soloists: Alex Shields and Neil Bermel)

Brahms – 3 Hungarian Dances

Delius – Walk to the Paradise Gardens

Berlioz – March to the Scaffold from Symphonie Fantastique


Ravel – Bolero

Sibelius – Karelia Suite

Gershwin – Cuban Overture


Scroll down for some great pictures:

Morning rehearsal:


Martin welcomes Endcliffe Orchestra founder Margaret Staniforth:


More images of a very memorable concert: