New orchestra to play inaugural concert

Morvern Scrivener.

A newly-formed orchestra will play its first concert at the beginning of March.

Richmond Chamber Orchestra will perform at the Georgian Theatre Royal on March 3.

They will be joined by star of the future Morvern Scrivener, a young prize-winning pianist from Richmond, and Philippa Mo, already a star violinist at home and abroad, and a Swaledale Festival regular.

Philippa will lead and direct the orchestra in music by Corelli, Grieg and Janacek, and in one of Mozart’s best loved piano concertos.

Philippa said: “What I wanted was a concert of sheer delight that an audience is sure to enjoy and which we will play superbly.”

This new venture has been launched by a small group of volunteers including Alastair McLachlan from Wensleydale. He said: “One day last year I wondered, why isn’t there a Richmond chamber orchestra?

It seemed a perfect fit: a beautiful town, an extraordinary theatre, and a top-class orchestra, small enough – pocket-sized – and flexible enough to be able to play anywhere, and able to offer a platform to outstanding young soloists.

t’s so difficult for them now. And we will bring live classical music to new places: schools, care homes, public spaces, stately homes, as well as the usual Yorkshire venues. Come along on March 3 and see what the best professional, semi-pro and gifted amateur players in North Yorkshire can do.”

Tickets for RCO’s debut concert on Sunday, March 3 at 2.30pm are available online at and at the theatre box office.

Find out more about the RCO at


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