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Luton Borough Council

Luton Symphony Orchestra

The orchestra has been in existence for over 50 years and has acquired an excellent reputation providing interesting and varied concerts.

Luton Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1953 as the Luton Youth Orchestra and became the Luton Symphony orchestra three years later. One of the founding members of the orchestra is our Vice-President, an honoured and respected member of the viola section.

The orchestra's aim is to promote live orchestral music in the Luton area by presenting orchestral concerts performed to a high musical standard, and to serve as a concert platform for local musicians, both orchestral players and soloists.

The orchestra has had the privilege of working with many famous soloists including Raphael Wallfisch (cello), Richard Watkins (horn), Jack Brymer (clarinet), Rogan de Saram (cello), Chris Alen (clarinet), Rodney Friend (violin), Daniel Smith (bassoon), Andrew Gough (guitar) and Vovka Ashkenazy (piano). Nigel Kennedy gave his first professional performance with the orchestra at the age of 15. For many years the orchestra has also performed annual concerts of the major choral works with the Luton Choral Society and maintains strong links with them.

The orchestra's repertoire is extensive and has included the premieres of several works written for it. Its current conductor, Uwe Radok, has been working with the orchestra since 1989.

New players, particularly string players of Associated Board grade 7 and 8 standard and above, are welcome. Details of the string rank and file, woodwind and brass openings can be found on our website, as are details of forthcoming concerts and other events.

Contact info
Mrs Louise Radok, orchestral secretary
Luton Symphony Orchestra, 3 Pembroke Street, Bedford, MK40 3RH
Tel: 01234 219054


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