Barry Sharkey 1969-1978

The orchestra met in the Girls Grammar School, and initially, drew most of its players from there. As the years went by, however, it expanded to take in players from the secondary schools of the entire area. The repertoire expanded to meet the ever-improving abilities of the players and non-arrangements of Beethoven Symphonies were included in concert programmes. Some members played with the Westmorland Orchestra, but, for me, the emphasis was on the enjoyment and excitement of making music together. Memories of players taking up the baton at the end of term rehearsal, and taking revenge on the tutors, who became ‘player-victims’ for the evening, remain strong – as does the enthusiasm of the players, for whatever was asked of them.