EAST OF ENGLAND ORCHESTRA

Principal Conductor: Nicholas Kok

Derby College: Wilmorton, Pentagon Centre, Beaufort Street, Derby, DE21 6AX

Telephone: 01332 207570
Fax: 01332 207569

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.


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