Lincoln Concert Orchestra

Celebrating 70th years as a community orchestra

We are a thriving, friendly, amateur community orchestra whose players come from all walks of life and who have a wide-range of musical experience. We have a nucleus of experienced players, but we are always keen to welcome new players, of all ages and abilities, who would like to join us to make music. We emphasise the fun and enjoyment of making music, and so do not require minimum grade levels or auditions for new members. Enthusiam is the prime qualification for entry. We rehearse weekly in term time and give several concerts a year, the proceeds of which go to local or national charities.

Don't be nervous about taking that first step to joining us as we are sure that once you have played a few times you will look forward to each rehearsal and wonder why you didn't join sooner. The following quote sums us and our members up perfectly ..... “Study after study has shown that active arts participation, at whatever level of incompetence, relieves work and domestic anxieties, stimulates the mind, builds community spirit, and friendship circles, and increases feelings of self-fulfilment and purpose”. Richard Morrison, music critic of 'The Times'


Most of our recent photos can now be found on our facebook page albums - unfortunately these are only accessible if you have a facebook account.

Join Us

We always welcome new members who would like join us, whatever your ability, or orchestral instrument. If you would like to join a group of like-minded, friendly adults for rehearsals on Monday evenings during term time and play in our concerts which take part three to four times a year (usually on a Monday evening) then we would love to see you. We encourage you to come along for couple of weeks, to see if you enjoy playing in our orchestra, before you pay a subscription. If possible, please let us know the first time you are coming so that we can get out the appropriate music for you.
We have achieved an incredible amount this past year with so many different groups and communities and hopefully have enjoyed and enriched ourselves in the process. We've enjoyed a joint workshop with the Isle of Axholme orchestra and played our annual concert with the children of Branston school. In between we have given concerts at St. Katherine’s and St. Faith’s and smaller groups have played together outside of orchestra = this is true community.
The hard work and dedication of our Chairman, Committee and other members and their families help in so many different ways keep the orchestra running and performing. Most importantly we have to thank Jonathan,our Conductor, for his unstinting work, quiet encouragement and for having faith in us!
As ever we would welcome suggestions for music, concerts or any improvements – this is your orchestra. Enjoy!

Contact Us

Any of the following people will be glad to answer your enquiries:

MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Jonathan Rider (01777 817648) Email:

CHAIRMAN: Patricia Tomlinson (01673 860206) Email:

SECRETARY: Helen Waby (01526 397732) Email:

WEBSITE: Zia Roberts Email:


Subscriptions are currently £50 per year payable at the beginning of the year (September) or termly payments: 3 terms at £17, or 2 terms at £20 and one at £10. The student rate is £17 per year or £8 per term. For people who are unemployed, the subscriptions are usually waived as long as the circumstances are made known to the Treasurer.

New players are encouraged to come along for a couple of weeks to see if they enjoy it before deciding to join.

Privacy Policy

We keep some information about members, so that we can share information about activities of the orchestra and other musical events that we are involved with. To that end, we have a privacy policy to ensure we keep our members' data safe. Click this link to download our privacy policy and permission to use data form, or right-click to open the file in a new window.


We meet on Monday nights, 7.25pm to 9.00pm, and occasionally up to 9.30pm before a concert when extra practice may be required. See the calendar below for rehearsal and concert dates.

We meet at the Ermine United Reformed Church Hall which is on the corner of Carlton Grove and Sudbrooke Drive, Ermine, Lincoln LN2 2EF

How to find us

2018 Calendar

10th September 2018 (Monday):      Autumn Term rehearsals start at 7.25 pm. 
22nd September (Saturday):      Isle of Axholme Orchestra workshop. 10 am - 4 pm, Ashby Wesley Methodist church, Ashby High Street, DN16 2JT Scunthorpe. Cost £5. Contact Rob Steadman  
22nd October:      Half-term Holiday - No orchestra rehearsal. 
24th November (Saturday):     Film music concert, at The Venue, Bishop Grosseteste Uni(Lincoln). Workshop rehearsal in the afternoon followed by concert at 7.30. This is being organised by Rob Steadman, but if you would like to take part please let Tricia know (if you haven't done so already).  
26th November (Monday):     Concert at St.Katherine's Cathedral Church, Lincoln.  
All the following dates are to be confirmed:
17th December:      Christmas Holiday begins - No orchestra rehearsal. TBC  
7th January 2019:      Spring Term rehearsals start.  
18th February:      Spring Half Term Holiday - No orchestra rehearsal.  
8th April:      Easter Holidays begin - No orchestra rehearsal. 
22nd April:      Summer Term rehearsals begin. 
27th May:     >Spring Bank Holiday - No orchestra rehearsal. 
22nd July:    Summer Holiday begins - No orchestra rehearsal. 

What music do we play?

From September 2018 we are playing the following pieces:

Haydn - Symphony No 4 (D Major - "The Clock"
    1. Adagio/Presto  
    2. Andante  
    3. Minuet/Trio/Finale  

Rossini - Tancredi Overture  

The YouTube and Soundcloud links shown on the right of the music, are performances by other orchestras and are given for members to familiarise themselves with the music, or to play along to.

Slow Practice Music

The recordings below have been slowed down (with loss of quality), for those of us who need a slightly more manageable practice speed!
Rossini - Tancredi - a slower version will appear here shortly.

A selection from our music library

Bach - Concerto in E Major (Violin Solo and Strings)  
Badelt - music from 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' Arr. Ted Rickets 
Practice Music - Badlet (Arr. Ricketts), Pirates of the Caribbean medley, (8 seconds lead-in)
Practice mark 21 - 50 secs. Practice mark 75 - 2:35. Practice mark 96 - 3:14. Practice mark 167 - 4:28.

Barnes, Mark - Between Two Worlds, Sane/Insane Piano Concerto. This piece was written and arranged by Mark for his final year music degree composition and was recorded in 2017.
Beardsall - Waltzing Forever - in honour of Camille Claudel. Written and arranged by orchestra member Ella Goodman.  
Beethoven - Overture to Goethes' Drama "Egmont"  
Beethoven - Hymn To Joy(from Symphony No. 9)
Beethoven - First movement - 5th Symphony  
Practice music - Beethoven 5th Symphony, 1st movement(5 seconds lead-in). First repeat starts at 2:22. Tempo 1 starts at 7:45  

Bizet - L'Arlesienne. Suite No. 1.  
Blake/Parry - Jerusalem  
Boellmann - Fantaisie dialoguee  
Borrill - St Hugh Variations. Composed by Hannah Borrill (Orchestra Leader) for the orchestra on the occasion of our 70th anniversary. Orchestra members have been emailed an mp3 file of the music.
Coates - The Dambusters' March Arr. David Andrew  
Dubois - Fantaisie triomphale.  
Dvorak - Symphonic Sonatina  
Elgar - Nimrod, from variations on an Original Theme Op. 36 (Goodmusic concert Classic No 79)
Faure - Pavane  
Gershwin - Summertime
Gilkyson – The Bare Necessities from Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book
Grieg - Anitra's Dance  
Handel - Suite from "Music for the Royal Fireworks" - 1. La Rejouissance 2.La Paix 3. Bouree 4. Menuets I and II  
Track list - 7:49 - 9:26 Bourree, 9:26 - 12:18 La Paix, 12:18 - 14:16 La Rejouissance, 14:16 - 17:18 Minuet and Trio
Handel - Sarabande and 2 Variations 
Handel - Water Music Suite No. 1
Haslehurst - Last of the Summer Wine theme
Hayden - Divertimento - St Anthony Choral     Menuetto    Rondo  
Haydn - London Symphony
    Menuetto - Allegro and Trio  
    Allegro spiritoso  
John - Can you feel the Love tonight - from "The Lion King".
Joplin - Bethena
Jubilee Clips Medley
Ketelbey - In the Mystic Land of Egypt  
Lloyd Webber - Selections from The Phantom of the Opera. Arr. Calvin Cluser  

Lloyd Webber - first page of Selections from The Phantom of the Opera - second violins
Martin - De Granada a Daimiel (Pasodoble de Concierto)  
Morricone - Gabriel's Oboe
Mozart - Ave Verum Corpus  
Mozart - Concerto in G for Violin and Orchestra  
Mozart - Overture Don Giovanni  
Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik  
Mozart - Overture from the Marriage of Figaro  
Mozart - Rondeau from Flute Quartet in D.  
Practice music - slow - Mozart - Rondeau from Flute Quartet in D - sound quality not great :-(  

Practice music - very slow - Mozart - Rondeau from Flute Quartet in D - sound quality poor :-(  

Mozart - The Magic Flute Overture  

Mozart - The Magic Flute Overture (8 seconds lead-in)
Practice mark A, Allegro starts at 2:14. Practice mark H, 2nd Adagio starts at 4:57. Practice mark J, 2nd Allegro starts at 5:30
Mozart - The Marriage Of Figaro
Mozart - The Shepherd King Overture (Il re pastore) 
Mussorgsky - The Great Gate of Kiev 
Norman - The James Bond Theme
Offenbach - Orpheus in the Underworld - Can Can  
Can Can starts at 7 mins 33 secs.
Purcell - Rondeau from Abdelazer Arr. Nigel Wicken  
Quilter A Children’s Overture – founded on Nursery Rhymes (Practice mark R starts at 9:20) 
Rogers and Hammerstein - The King and I (Selection) 
Rodgers and Hammerstein - You'll Never Walk Alone
Rossini - Barber of Seville Overture  
Rossini - Il Signor Bruschino Overture  
Schonberg/Kretzmer - Selections from Les Miserables  
Schubert - Symphony No. 4 "Tragic" in C Minor. Andante in A flat major   (Andante starts at 11:50)
Schubert - Symphony No. 4 in C Minor. Menuetto, Allegro vivace and Trio  
Schubert - Symphony in B Minor (Unfinished)    Second Movement starts at 14:45
Schubert - Symphony in B Minor (Unfinished) - 1st Movement
2nd Movement - this movement doesn't need slowing down, but this link takes you straight to the start of the "Andante con moto"  
Second violins - the syncopated section starts at 17:34 and ends at 18:56

Stamitz - Rococo Symphony
Steadman - Dance of the Watchers. This piece was specially commissioned by Lincoln Concert Orchestra in memory of Mary Trevis and was premiered at our concert on the 20th June 2016.  
Traditional. Arr. Roberts - The Branston Pirates - a sea shanty and hornpipe medley
Traditional. Arr. Roberts - The Golden Vanity - a traditional sea song
Traditional - English Country Gardens
Traditional - Scarborough Fair
Vaughan Williams - English Folk Songs Suite. Nos 1 - 3.Folksongs From Somerset (Suite no. 3)  
Wagner - Trauersinfonie. Arr. Ame Dich.  
Warlock - Basse-Danse from Capriol Suite
Williams - Highlights from Harry Potter Arr. Michael Story  

Zimmer - Dark Knight Rises from Batman (4 seconds lead-in)

If you like to play along to the recorded music, but want to practice at a slower speed than the recording then try the free Speedshifter program from the ABRSM. You will need an MP3 or WAV file of the piece, which you load into the program and then slow down to a pace you are comfortable playing at.


Jonathan Rider

Hannah Borrill (leader)
Ann Donovan
Josephine Gadd
Pauline Green
Pam Heighway
Claire Hennegan
Pawel Kepinski
Holly Meneer
Graham Moule
Kate Palmer
Mark Perkins
Heather Randall
Zia Roberts
Barbara Thorpe
Jeremy Wallis
Paula Wood

Ella Goodman
John Thorpe
Estelle Walden

Sally Langley
Angela Pavey
Wendy Procter
Rebecca Rider
Liz Woodward
Jennifer Young

Geoff Cochran
Colin Cooper

Caleb Openshaw
Robin Young

Christine Ellis
Ian Henderson
Patricia Tomlinson

Mark Barnes
Barbara Henighan

Sally Cookson
Lucy Freestone
Rebecca Lawrence
Gill Petheram
Catherine Ridley
Kate Thomson
Helen Waby
Fiona Yielding

Ann Disley
Martin Kerridge
Tony Stephens
Heather Manning
Tracey Meunzberg

Melody Berry
John Lilly

Susie Connell
Alexander Considine
Fiona Cottam

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have passed any grade exams to join?
Absolutely no grade exams are needed. The equivalent of about grade three standard as a minimum would be helpful, and enthusiasm is essential. Just come along and have a go.

Would I have to audition to join?
There are no auditions for this Orchestra. If you would like to talk to someone about joining, or would like advice about what level you are at, please get in touch with Jonathan Rider, our Musical Director, whose details you will find at CONTACTS  section of the website.

What sort of music do we play?
We play an enormously wide variety of music, nearly all with tunes that everybody knows, even though the names and composers of the pieces may be elusive. You can see a list of our current music and some of our music library in the MUSIC  section of the website. We also have a folder of very light music for things like village fetes; and of course there is the Christmas music and carols as well, so you can see it is a very varied choice.

Who can join the Orchestra?
Anybody that can play a musical instrument to about grade three standard or above. The Orchestra is a very good place for late beginners and for people returning to their music after a break of several years. We also get students from Lincoln University and the Colleges around who want to keep their music going if they have been doing it at school but are not actually studying music now.

Would you do a concert for my charity?
We would be delighted to play a concert to help raise funds for your charity. If you have a venue, such as a church, church hall or school hall, we will play the music.

Please contact our Musical Director or Chairman at Contacts if you would like to take this further.

What do you charge for giving a concert?
We do not charge a fee for giving a concert, but we do appreciate a contribution towards the cost of new music and running expenses – we suggest £15 to £20, or 10% of takings if less than £150.

Please contact our Musical Director or Chairman at Contacts if you would like to take this further.

How much does it cost to join the Orchestra?
Subscriptions are currently £50 per year payable at the beginning of the year (September) or £17 per term payable at the beginning of each term. The student rate is £17 per year or £6 per term. For people who are unemployed, the subscriptions are usually waived as long as the circumstances are made known to the Treasurer.

New players are encouraged to come along for a couple of weeks to see if they enjoy it before deciding to join. Non-members are not allowed to take music home for practice.

Where do you rehearse?
We meet at the Ermine United Reformed Church Hall on the corner of Carlton Grove and Sudbrooke Drive, Ermine Lincoln LN2 2EF

When do you rehearse?
We meet on Monday nights, 7.25pm to 9.00pm, and sometimes up to 9.30pm before a concert when extra practice is required.

How many members are there?
Currently there are 44 members ranging in age from students to seniors, and from all walks of life.

Concert Archive

2nd July 2018: Annual concert with the pupils at Branston Junior Academy.
Funds raised from this concert go towards music teaching and activities at the school. The children's learning theme this term was "Pirates" so our musical programme included: Pirates of the Caribbean - medley, The Branston Pirates - a sea shanty and hornpipe medley, The Golden Vanity - a traditional sea song, Portsmouth - An old English dance tune, Thunderbirds theme, Gabriel's Oboe, and Can you feel the Love tonight - from "The Lion King".
April 30th 2018: Concert at St Peter and St Paul's Church, Lincoln
Our second concert in our "70 Years of Making Music" anniversary year. This concert was supported by Lincoln Freemen's Gild, with proceeds of over £400 going to SSAFA and the Mayor's Charity.
March 19th 2018: Lincoln Baptist Church
The first concert of our 70th Anniversary concert season which raised over £400 for the Church. The programme included: Borrill - St Hugh Variations. The premiere of this piece, which was commissioned by the Orchestra on the occasion of our 70th anniversary and was written by Hannah Borrill (our Orchestra Leader). Hannah wanted to compose a piece with a strong link to Lincoln and she was drawn to stories of St. Hugh of Lincoln, Bishop and founder of the existing cathedral, who was also famed for his pet swan! Hannah then orchestrated the traditional English hymn tune "St Hugh". The piece's opening theme introduces this majestic tune and then each section of the orchestra develops the theme in a series of variations, with the music building to a climactic fanfare finale.
Bach - Concerto in E Major (Violin Solo and Strings) with Soloist : Pawel Kepinski
Beethoven - Overture to Goethes' Drama "Egmont"
Grundman - Caprice for Clarinets
Joplin - Bethena
Mozart - Overture Don Giovanni
November 27th 2017: St.Katherine's Cathedral Church.
The concert was held to showcase the newly refurbished church organ and the French-themed programme included orchestral pieces, organ solos and an organ concerto together with the orchestra. The programme included: Overture from 'The Marriage of Figaro Mozart, Organ Solo - Mark B. Barker-Naylor, Pavane (wind and brass) Faure; Organ and Flute Duet Flute - Sally Cookson; 'Waltzing Forever' (strings & oboe) Ella Goodsman; 'Fantaisie Triomphale' for organ and orchestra Dubois; INTERVAL; 'L'Arlesienne' Suite No 1 Bizet 1: Prelude 2: Minuetto 3: Adagietto 4: Carillon; Organ solo; Allegro from 'Orpheus in the Underworld' Offenbach.
17th September 2017: Workshop at Nettleham School near Lincoln.
A well-attended one-day workshop for orchestra musicians jointly organised by the Isle of Axholme Orchestra and Lincoln Concert Orchestra.
3rd July 2017: Branston School, Lincoln
Our annual concert at Branston School, where, with the children, we played Skat Cat Swing, Here Comes Trouble, Sazzaroorah, Matchstalk Men, Yellow Bird and the Mozart Horn Concerto. The orchestra also played played: Selections from Phantom of the Opera -Lloyd Webber; No sound but birdsong and the rumble of passing trains - Composer Robert Steadman and violin soloist Hannah Borrill, plus Selections from Les Misérables - Schönberg. £210 was raised towards musical activities at the school.
22nd May 2017: Reepham Church, reepham, Lincoln
A concert in Reepham Church which raised £326 towards their new-lighting fund The program included: Coates - The Dambusters' March Arr. David Andrew Haydn - London Symphony Lloyd Webber - Selections from The Phantom of the Opera. Arr. Calvin Cluser Martin - De Granada a Daimiel (Pasodoble de Concierto) Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Mozart - Rondeau from Flute Quartet in D. Soloist - Sally Cookson Rossini - Il Signor Bruschino Overture Schonberg/Kretzmer - Selections from Les Miserables
12th December 2016: St Katherine's Cathedral Church, South Park, Lincoln
A concert in this wonderful old Cathedral which raised £250 for Eleanor Cross and the Bomber Command memorial. The program included: Purcell - Rondeau, Schubert - Unfinished Symphony, Elgar - Nimrod, Coates - Dambusters March, Lloyd Webber - Selection from Phantom of the Opera and Christmas Classics.
24th September 2016: St Mary Le Wigford, Lincoln
An uplifting concert arranged by Rob Steadman in which some of the orchestra played, which raised over £500 for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
21st July 2016: Branston Junior Academy
A Lovely concert on a Monday evening (despite the heat!) with the children of Branston Junior Academy. The pieces played with the children get more ambitious each year - well done children and thank you teachers. The children's favourite was In the Hall of the Mountain King, one of BBC's Ten Pieces. The orchestra included Dance of the watchers in their programme. Composer Rob Steadman was in the audience. £180 was raised for music resources in the school.
20th June 2016: A concert in memory of Mary Trevis - St Faith's Organist and long-standing violin player in the Lincoln Concert Orchestra
The sun shone on us at St Faith's church where the audience enjoyed our programme and over £600 was raised for the church lighting appeal. The programme was: Beethoven - Hymn To Joy(from Symphony No. 9) Handel - Suite from "Music for the Royal Fireworks" - 1. La Rejouissance 2.La Paix 3. Bouree 4. Menuets I and II Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Mozart - Concerto in G for Violin and Orchestra. Soloist Pawel Kaminski Mozart - Ave Verum Corpus Steadman - Dance of the Watchers. This piece was specially commissioned by Lincoln Concert Orchestra in memory of Mary Trevis and will be premiered at this concert Wagner - Trauersinfonie. Arr. Ame Dich
14th March 2016: Lincoln Baptist Church.
£465 was raised before and during the evening’s performance for MASH Meals project. Handel - Suite No. II from the Water Music, Pomposo and Hornpipe; Beethoven - Symphony No 5, first movement; Williams - Highlights from Harry Potter; Mozart - The Magic Flute Overture; Gilkyson - The Bare Necessities from Jungle Book; Badelt - Pirates of the Caribbean Medley
23 January 2016: Lincoln Cathedral Chapter House.
Lincoln Hears Syria. Together with other musicians and a choir, some members of the orchestra took part in a fund-raising concert for Unicef which raised over £600. We played Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmuzic and Themes from The Water Music, plus Beethoven's Hymn to Joy.
23 November 2015: St Katherine's Priory, Lincoln.
Music and Song in aid of LIVES and the Eleanor Cross. Soloists Kate Fenn (Soprano) and Peter Merrick (Tenor). The programme included: Mozart's Serenade from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (there is a video of this on our facebook page). Rossini's Overture to the Barber of Seville. Vaughan Williams English Folk Songs Suite. Roger and Hammerstein songs from the King and I with Kate singing a solo. Songs from the Shows sung by Kate and Peter. Schuberts's Symphony in C 3rd Movement - Minuetto and finally Parry's Jerusalem played by the orchestra and with Kate singing the solo.
6 July 2015: Concert at Branston Junior Academy
Our final concert for the year was with the lovely pupils at Branston Junior Academy. They played several short pieces of light music with us, including a beautiful arrangement of 'Scarborough Fair'. We followed this with a short programme of more classical pieces. £130 was raised to support music in the school. As ever it was a great pleasure to have the children playing with us - they are a great credit to their school and especially to Claire Hennegan,their teacher, who is also one of our violinists.
18th May 2015: St Peter-at-Gowts Church, Lincoln
We made a return visit to St. Peter-at Gowts church and raised £160 for church funds. The programme included several pieces played at the Nettleham concert with the addition of the first movement of Mozart's 40th symphony, Haydn's Divertimento and 'Hymn to Joy ' by Beethoven. The latter was dedicated to our member Mary Trevis who is now in a care home and missed by all of us. Sadly Mary passed away on May 26th. Several members had managed to visit Mary and she was,as always, very interested in what we had been doing. Her funeral was held at St.Faith's church where Mary had been organist for many years. A small group from the orchestra played an arrangement by Jonathan of the Royal Fireworks Suite by Handel, one of Mary's favourite pieces.
April 25th 2015: Workshop at Lincoln University.
About half our members joined students from the Lincoln university orchestra and members of the Nettleham and Grantham monthly workshops in a most enjoyable day. The workshop was held in the 'Atrium' at the university- a most impressive space. We studied three pieces; Handel's Water Music Suite II under the direction of Jonathan and the university's conductor, Rob Steadman, conducted a selection from 'Les Misėrables' and his own composition 'St.Crispin's Day'. Feedback from those who attended has been very positive and we will certainly be repeating the workshop next year.
23rd March 2015: All Saints Church, Nettleham.
We played to a packed All Saints Church in Nettleham. The programme was top and tailed by Mozart. A new piece in our repertoire, 'In the Mystic Land of Egypt' by Ketelbey, was particularly well received by the audience. A selection from 'The King and I', Dvorak's 'Sonatina'and Mussorgsky's 'Great Gate of Kiev' made up a mixed programme. £580 was raised for church funds. The church generously donated £50 to the orchestra
December 10th 2014: All Saints Church, Nettleham.
Ex-member Sue Deacon asked if we could play at the Polyplatt School, Scampton to accompany the carols in their community carol service. Several members obliged with Helen conducting.
December 8th 2014:
We held an 'At Home ' concert for friends and family and raised £100 for the mental health charity Re-think. We were honoured to entertain members of the Freemen's Gild who presented us with a generous donation. The centre piece of the concert was the slow movement of the Bach Double Violin Concerto which was beautifully played by Heather and Pawel. The wind and brass, under the direction of Helen, played an American swing piece. Christmas was celebrated with seasonal pieces including a solo of 'O Holy Night' by Jeremy and carols . A lovely buffet supper supplied by orchestra members was enjoyed after the concert.
October 13th 2014: Concert at St.Katherine's Priory, Lincoln.
We were asked to play by the Freemen's Gild to raise funds towards the installation of a new Eleanor Cross at St. Katherine's Priory. The concert had a nautical theme in honour of Trafalgar Day including Wicken's 'Fantasea' and both of Handel's Water Music Suites.The concert concluded with'Plymouth Hoe' by John Ansell which had been played at the last night of the proms only a few weeks before! Unfortunately the playing of Bach's Toccata and Fugue on the wonderful organ had to be cancelled as our soloist was ill. Our conductor Jonathan stepped into the breach and played a beautiful unaccompanied piece on the flute. St. Katherine's is a wonderful concert venue and we look forward to playing there again.
16 June 2014: Branston Junior Academy.
Once again the orchestra enjoyed playing a number of pieces with the children including themes from 'The Water Music' by Handel; Men of Harlech, and French Folk Medley both arranged by D R Bellwood; La Donna o Mobile by Verdi and The Can Can by Offenbach. The Orchestra also played Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart; Variations on a ShakerMelody by Aaron Copland; A Fantasea on Traditional Sea Songs by Nigel Wicken; a selection from David E Stone's Latin American Album, Highlights From Harry Potter by John Williams arr. Michael Story and Pirates of the Carribean by Klaus Badelt arr. Ted Rickett. All proceeds from the concert went towards providing new music resources for children at the academy.
24 March 2014: The Mayor of Lincoln's concert at St Peter and St Paul's catholic church, Boultham.
The programme included 'Les Miserables' medley with guest singers Kate and Peter; 'Land of Hope and Glory' and 'Jerusalem'. The concert raised £750 for the Mayor's charity, the Motor Neurone Disease Charity.
8 July 2013: An "At-Home" concert at our rehearsal venue - United Reformed Church hall at the Ermine.
The programme included Rondeau from "Abdelazer" by Purcell; the Overture from "The Barber of Seville" by Rossini; Serenade from "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" by Mozart; Pirates of the Carribean by Badelt, Sonatina Symfonika by Dvorak, and the clarinet quartet played Prelude by Hanmer, and Charade by Mancini/Mercer.
20 May 2013: A concert at St Peter at Gowts
This concert was held to celebrate the golden jubilee of the coronation of our Queen. The Mayor of Lincoln and other dignitaries were present. The programme included The National Anthem; Hymn To Joy (Beethoven); Firework Suite (Handel); a selection from Oklahoma; Rococo Symphony (Stamitz); Dambusters March (Coates); an extract from 'Jupiter' by Holst (I Vow To Thee My Country), Land of Hope and Glory (Elgar), and Jerusalem by Parry. £100 was raised.
11 May 2013: Mary Trevis' 90th birthday celebration.
To commemorate this special occasion, Mary had invited many friends including all the members of the orchestra to a "do" at The Woodcocks, Burton Waters. It was a very happy and enjoyable time. The orchestra played La Rejouissance from the Firework Suite, and Serenade from the Mozart Suite.
18 March 2013: Scampton Church.
It was lovely to play at this pretty and historic church again. The children from Scampton Primary School were involved in the concert, and played with great energy and enthusiasm. We played a light programme including Dambusters March by Coates; Pirates of the Carribean by Badelt; Williams' Harry Potter Themes; The James Bond Theme by Norman; Beethoven's Hymn To Joy; The Marriage Of Figaro overture by Mozart, and the strings section played Sarabande by Handel.
19 November 2012: St Faiths Church, West Parade.
This concert was organised by the vicar Angela Pavey, in aid of the bell tower fund. The concert included a raffle, and raised £300.
28 May 2012: St Peter at Gowts, Lincoln.
Concert organised by Mr Tony Gadd for the Freemen of Lincoln. Proceeds to The Mayor's Charities - £300 to Candles and £300 to St Barnabas Hospice.
26 March 2012:
All Saints Church, Monks Road. The concert raised £400 for Monks Abbey Summer Holiday meals project (MASH).
12 December 2011:
A Christmas concert at St Faith's, Lincoln which raised £140.
5 December 2011;
A Christmas concert at the P.H.C, Lincoln County Hospital.
10 October 2011: Branston Junior School.
A very enjoyable concert in which the children joined us to play several of the pieces.
27 June 2011: St Luke's Church, Jasmin Road, Birchwood, Lincoln.
Music by Bizet; Mozart; Handel, Wagner and Warlock.
4 April 2011: An "At-Home" concert at our rehearsal venue.
We played music by Mozart, Handel and Wagner. £87 was raised by donation for the charity Beating Bowel Cancer.
13 December 2010: Christmas music at the Peter Hodgkinson Centre, Lincoln County Hospital.
for patients; carers, friends and relatives. A most enjoyable evening.
October 4 2010:
A delightful evening at Branston Junior School raised £114.20 towards new music for the school. The children joined us in excerpts from Handel's Watermusic; La Donna e Mobile by Verdi, Offenbach's Can-Can and Beethoven's Ode to Joy. The Orchestra also played music by Purcell; Handel, Moskowski and Mozart, plus Harry Potter Themes.
July 14 2010:
An evening of community music with St Martin and St Faith's School at Bishop Grosseteste College.
Monday 19 July 2010:
St Faith's Church, Lincoln. £250 was raised for church funds.
Monday 29 March 2010:
Musical At-Home at our rehearsal venue, Ermine United Reformed Church Hall. Well attended by family and friends. £55 was raised for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Our Founder - John Bonner (1912-1979)

The Lincoln Concert Orchestra has been running for nearly seventy years, having been founded in the 1940s by John Bonner, a lay vicar in the Cathedral Choir. John Bonner was born in Manchester on 31st May 1912 to working class parents. From an early age he possesed an outstanding singing voice and at the age of ten became a member of Manchester cathedral choir. Following recordings of the choir made by the BBC he was described as having the best treble voice in England and went on to make several recordings as a boy soprano for Columbia records before his voice finally broke at the age of 17.

In 1935 John took up the position of bass lay vicar, (adult chorister), at Salisbury cathedral, moving two years later to a similar position at Lincoln cathedral. During the pre-war years at Lincoln he became musical director of Gainsborough Amateur Operatic Society, Lincoln Thespians, and Clayton-Babcock Operatic Society. Around this time musical arrangements of two of his earlier recordings, Somewhere a Voice is Calling and Angels Guard Thee, were composed for John to dubb his baritone voice onto his original soprano sound track, becoming the first singer to do so.

Following the outbreak of war John organised a number charity concerts, notably at the Savoy Cinema in March and November 1941 and at the Theatre Royal in January 1942. In 1943 John joined the RAF seeing service in Egypt, India, and Burma where he estimates he travelled about 100,000 miles entertaining the troops for ENSA and became a member of Ralph Reader's gang show. After finishing touring John was stationed in Delhi in charge of the music section for South East Asia Command supplying the whole command with musical instruments, music and gramophone records. Whilst there he conducted the Command Light Orchestra as well as forming his own septet and broadcasting on All-India-Radio. He also conducted a 20 piece orchestra when John Geilgud paid a visit to Delhi with his company performing 'Hamlet' and 'Blithe Spirit', with the orchestra providing the incidental music.

On being demobilised in November 1946 John returned to Lincoln and added to his musical activities by taking charge of the Lincoln Orpheus Male Voice Choir. In October 1947 he was appointed conductor of Lincoln Co-operative Choir and in November, at his suggestion, added a light orchestra to form the Lincoln Co-operative Choral Association and Orchestral Society. Following their first public performances of the operetta 'Tom Jones' in April 1948, John and the orchestra resigned following disagreements with the Lincoln Co-operative Society Education Committee. One month later on 16th May 1948 the newly formed John Bonner Concert Orchestra gave their first concert in Boultham Park, Lincoln, with proceeds in aid of the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen's Families Association. (S.S.A.F.A). The John Bonner Concert Orchestra went on over the next couple of years to become well known, performing many concerts for good causes throughout Lincolnshire.

John married and moved to Sheffield in 1950 where he and his wife, Mabel, ran a newsagents shop, first in Tinsley and then Totley Rise, until his retirement around 1972. John became a leading light in the Totley Operatic and Dramatic Society and later became a member of Croft House Operatic Society and was appointed musical director of Sheffield Teachers Operatic Society from 1954 to 1978. John died in February 1979, aged sixty six. After his death the chaiman of Sheffield Teachers Operatic Society wrote, “Infectious exuberance, ebullience and enthusiasm were three of the outward facets of John's character. Beneath these facets, and combined with them, lay a deep and wide understanding and practical appreciation of music and drama, which he applied to the furtherence of the Amateur Operatic and Dramatic world. His training as a boy and adult chorister in Manchester and Lincoln together with his wartime direction of an orchestra in India could well have fitted John for a successful, professional, career but he concentrated on the amateurs of this world for whom he had the greatest devotion”.

Following John’s departure to Sheffield the John Bonner Concert Orchestra was renamed as Lincoln Concert Orchestra and continues to play, as John intended, for the benefit of deserving causes.

History of the Orchestra

Martin Kerridge, a current member of the orchestra, has spent many hours researching John Bonner (our founder) with assistance from John Bonner’s nephew, Peter Ward and Stephen Beet, author of “The Better Land – In search of the Lost Boy Sopranos”. He has found out about the Orchestra’s history through talking to past members and their families and by researching the archives of the Lincolnshire Echo. What follows is a summary of his research and then an appendix showing images of the actual articles in the newspapers.

Formation of the Orchestra

On 2nd October, 1947 the Lincolnshire Echo newspaper reported that “at the suggestion Mr John Bonner, the Education Committee of the Lincoln Co-operative Society is considering the formation of a light orchestra” and then on Friday November 21st 1947 “The Gossiper” column in the Lincolnshire Echo announced the formation of the Lincoln Co-operative Orchestra “to perform in conjunction with the Choral Association of the Society. In addition to giving independent orchestral concerts, it will meet the need for performances of choral works of the lighter variety in the city. The orchestra will be directed by John Bonner, Lincoln Cathedral lay vicar …Rehearsals for the first concert performance of "Tom Jones" by Edward German, which it is hoped will be given in February or March, will begin next week.”

The first performance of the Cooperative Orchestral Society was announced on 20th March 1948 in the public announcements section of the Echo and the review on the 7th April said “… Mr John Bonner who conducted, must have felt well rewarded by the obvious delight of the audience for the hard work he had put into the preparations and it is only to be regretted that the hall was not better filled. The performance which was arranged by the Lincoln Cooperative Society Education Committee will be repeated tonight.”

However, the Lincoln Co-operative Orchestra lasted for only 4 months as the front-page headlines in the paper on the 13th April announced the resignation of Mr Bonner and the orchestra: “Refusal by Lincoln co-operative society education committee to permit the national anthem to be played at last week's performances of "tom jones", following other differences, has led to the resignation of Mr. John Bonner, the society's conductor, and his orchestra of twenty instrumentalists. “

The orchestra was reborn soon after, as on the 14th May 1948 in the “Public Announcements” section of The Echo, the Orchestra advertises a concert under the new name of John Bonner and His Concert Orchestra and by July 1949 it becomes The John Bonner Concert Orchestra. From then until July 1950 adverts and reviews of their concerts appear in the Lincolnshire Echo. By this time John has moved away to Sheffield, but must have returned for concerts.

We can find no further mention of either the John Bonner Concert Orchestra or The Lincoln Concert Orchestra beyond July 1950 as there are no online newspaper archives for us to search. We believe the orchestra changed its name to the Lincoln Concert Orchestra in 1951.

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May 1948 – 1950
John Bonner

1950s - 1976
Robert (Bob) Allburn (Flute)
(first programme found 1959)

?1977 -1980
John Hudson (Clarinet). He arranged concerts and conducted at least one in this period. He was also Secretary.

1981 -?1986
Alec Wood

1987/8 - ~1991
Paul Peyton Prior to Paul being the conductor, the orchestra had got very run down and only had about 14 members. Paul did a very good job in getting the orchestra back on its feet again and was with us for about three years, while he studied for his MA, before moving on to become a lecturer at Leeds University and conductor of the Bolton Youth Orchestra.

1992 – 2005
Roy Hammond

1994 – 2008
Roy Adrian
(Joint with Roy Hammond)
(last programme with his name on is 2008)

?2011 – present
Jonathan Rider