Big Finnish for Harborough Orchestra

Market Harborough Orchestra
Market Harborough Orchestra

It might be an unlucky number for some people but for Stephen Bell 13 is the number of concerts he was worked on with an orchestra in the town.

MHO, Market Harborough’s very own orchestra, is preparing for its concert entitled Northern Lights taking place on Saturday June 10.

It can be seen from 7.30pm at Market Harborough Methodist Curch in Northampton Road.

Secretary and flautist Frances Hynes said that thus concert will have a Scandanavian flavour.

She said: ‘We are calling this concert ’Northern Lights’ as we are playing music by the famous Finnish composer, Sibelius.

“The programme includes the powerful Finlandia, the beautiful 2 nd Symphony, the lovely Swan of Tuonela, and the dramatic Karelia Suite.”

The group aims to provide the opportunity to play and listen to great orchestral music close to home.

The orchestra was formed in 2000 and is made up of an assortment of local musicians and music teachers.

Many members play in other orchestras in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.

The group’s leader is David Leech, with Stephen Bell as conductor.

Mr Bell has taught postgraduate studies in conducting at the University of Surrey and is also the conductor of the Northampton Male Voice Choir and is musical director of Northampton Concert Band.

The orchestra has said he is very much in demand as a conductor.

The orchestra would also like to hear from individuals and businesses who are interested in sponsoring us for some of the costs involved in putting on a concert.

Frances added: “Our last concert was a great success and sold out, so we recommend buying tickets in advance.”

Tickets for the concert are priced at £8 in advance from MH Music, St Mary’s Rd, and Quinns Bookshop, Three Crowns Yard.

Accompanied children may come at no extra cost, but a ticket for them must be picked up.

If you would like any further details you can email the orchestra at or visit