The East of England Orchestra, established in 1982 by Malcolm Nabarro,
is the only professional orchestra indigenous to the East Midlands
region. It performs a wide range of classical repertoire in venues
all across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.
In addition to regular appearences in the main concert halls of
the county capitals, the Orchestra performs in many smaller rural
venues, sports halls and even a pub on one occasion!
Education and community activity are of prime importance to the
Orchestra's artistic mission. Recent innovative projects included
composing new music in quarries, building sound sculptures from
scrap and a music and storytelling project interweaving Indian and
Western classical traditions. Projects are evolved to encourage
new ways of making music and have received much acclaim for their
unusual and engaging approach.
Nicholas Kok joined the East of England Orchestra as its Principal
Conductor on 1 May, 1996. He will oversee all aspects of the Orchestra's
artistic development and conduct over half of the Orchestra's concerts.
The Orchestra is supported by East Midlands Arts Board, Eastern
Arts Board, a number of local authorities throughout the region
and Eastern Orchestral Board. The East of England Orchestra is resident
at Derby College: Wilmorton.