Legend has it that the Nonesuch Orchestra was founded by a group of ‘captive housewives’, mostly friends from music college, who rehearsed on one floor of a large house while their children played on another. That was in 1961 and since then the orchestra has given well over 300 concerts and workshops making it unique in its range of activities.
We have had the privilege of being directed by many inspiring conductors as they started out on their careers. They include Adrian Brown, Will Carslake, Nicholas Collon, Robert Hodge, Orlando Jolping, Robert Max, Graham Ross, Tom Seligman and Ivor Setterfield. We have also worked with international soloists including Eric Grünberg and Emanuel Hurwitz as well as with many young soloists such as Tom Poster at the beginning of their careers.
Since 2015 we have been working with much pleasure under the direction of Dan Shilladay. Our final concert last season (2016-2017), acclaimed to be a highlight of the Bedford Park Festival, and for the second time, involved the participation of young children from several schools in the area as happened for the first concert (June 2016) and can be seen in a documentary organised by Chiswick Buzz (see our Concert page). We are delighted that our leader this season (2017-2018) continues to be Stephanie Waite whose stimulating partnership with our conductor Dan Shilladay much inspires the orchestra’s musical experiences.