Town orchestra to bring some Gallic flair to church

Market Harborough Orchestra
Market Harborough Orchestra

Tickets have gone on sale for a concert by an orchestra taking place in the town later this month.

Market Harborough Orchestra is currently in preparation for its eight concert under the baton of Stephen Bell.

The music can be heard at the Methodist Church in Northampton Road in the town on Saturday September 26 starting at 7.30pm.

It is the first time the group has held a concert in September.

The concert is tuneful and appealing selection of French music, including Bizet’s exciting and dramatic Carmen Suite and Faure’s mysterious and haunting Pelleas and Melisande.

The orchestra, led by David Leech, is made up of local musicians many of whom play in other orchestras in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.

The musicians are however committed to the idea of providing an opportunity to perform and listen to great orchestral music in their home town.

Secretary and flautist Frances Hynes said: “We were thrilled with the response to our last concert, our audience and reputation have grown steadily since 2012.

“We aim to play music which will appeal to the regular and novice concert-goer alike.

“If you already have a taste for French orchestral music, or if you are wondering whether you would enjoy hearing a live orchestra, come along and give us a try, we like to send you home humming with your feet tapping.”

Frances is also hoping the concert in September will encourage other people to sign up.

She added: “We would like to expand our string sections, so if you are an advanced player of violin, viola, cello or double-bass, please get in touch to find out more.”

Tickets for the concert are priced at £7 in advance from MH Music in St Mary’s Road, and Quinn’s Bookshop, Three Crowns Yard.

Alternatively they can be bought on the door at a price of £8. Accompanied children at no extra cost.

Anyone who is interested in joining the orchestra can email

To find out more about the group generally can visit