Cleveland Chamber Orchestra was founded by Tim Jackson in 1981 giving its first public performance in 1982. Now based at Stokesley Methodist Church, the orchestra celebrated 35 years of existence in 2017. In that time the orchestra has given at least 115 performances in a wide variety of local/regional venues as well as two foreign tours, to Greece in 1993 and Austria in 1997.
The orchestra attracts some of the best musicians from around the North East from as far as Newcastle, York & Hull and enjoys a reputation as one of the best non-professional ensembles in the North-East.
You don’t need any special knowledge to enjoy our concerts, as we choose music which can be appreciated by first timers as well as our many longstanding supporters. We play a variety of works, some well known, some which will be new even to experienced concertgoers. Each concert is divided into two halves of 35/40 minutes with an interval when we serve free drinks and homemade cakes. The concerts are family friendly with under 18s free and families with children of all ages actively encouraged to attend.
The Past Concerts page records all our programmes in Date order, and the Galleries have a selection of photos of the Orchestra (now including new ones from April and May 2016). Do also see our YouTube video of the CCO strings playing part of Vivaldi’s “The Seasons” with David Greed at Richmond in Dec 2016.
Membership of the CCO is by invitation.
Our concerts regularly get very favourable write-ups – see our Press Reviews:
“The whole concert was a rich brilliant tour-de-force for the orchestra” – “ a really balanced performance of Beethoven’s 4th Symphony” – “the Orchestra both surprised and delighted their Stokesley audience” – “well judged to show off the best qualities of the orchestra: dynamic and stylish strings and the individual musical personalities of the principal wind players and timpanist” – “the orchestra acquitted itself with flying colours throughout” – “ a most sensitive soloist allied to the cream of local musicians gave us a memorable evening”.
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