About Us


The orchestra consists of amateur players and we aim to perform a couple of times each year



How did MHO begin?

The original inspiration was Jane Callaghan’s in 2010.  By 2012 the orchestra was being run by a committee of volunteers with Stephen Bell as MD. How do you get an orchestra together? Some of us first met and played together at primary and secondary schools, or in the wonderful Leicestershire Music Service in the 1970’s and 80’s.  Some of us have very fond memories of playing in ‘the band’ for many years for the Market Harborough Operatic Society under the baton of Gillian Bindley. Some of have met through work, or children, or being spotted carrying a violin case while commuting.  The MD conducted a university symphony orchestra with one of the flute players.  A biking buddy of the clarinet player mentioned hearing someone practise through an open window and we found our other clarinet player, who knew a bassoon player.   Some of our players know each other through orchestras in Leicestershire or Northamptonshire, or through playing in the Harborough Band or other string or wind ensembles. Some of us have recently moved to the town, got in touch, and filled a vacancy.  Some play and teach music for a living, others have a different day job but given many hours of their time and talent to music.  We have retirees in the orchestra and school students. What we have in common is the desire to play great orchestral music together and share it with the audience of our home town.  We are delighted to report that our last three concerts have sold out.  We have had great support from our friends including Arkel Computing and the Methodist Church


October 2018 Concert

16/09/2018 11:10
Programme for the Autumn concert is: Borodin – In the Steppes of Central Asia Weber - Bassoon Concerto Dvorak – Symphony No 7

Joint Concert by Market Harborough's own Orchestra and Choral Society

07/05/2018 20:28
Tickets are now on sale for a special concert featuring two of Market Harborough's top musical groups. On Saturday July 7th at 7.30pm at Robert Smyth Academy, Market Harborough Orchestra and Choral Society are joining forces to present a concert as a finale to the Choral Society's Golden...

January Concert tickets have sold out

21/01/2018 21:59
Tickets for the concert on 27th January have sold out. Thank you for your support!

January 2018 Concert - ‘A Romantic New Year’

15/01/2018 00:00
‘We are calling this concert ‘A Romantic New Year’ as we have a tradition of a January concert and we are highlighting music from the romantic era. We are playing Brahms’s inspiring 2 nd Symphony, a major orchestral work loved by many for its joyful mood. It was the composer’s favourite of...

MHO press release

28/09/2017 23:25
MHO, Market Harborough’s very own orchestra, is preparing to give its 14th concert under the baton of Stephen Bell on Saturday 28 th October at 7.30pm at the Methodist Church, Northampton Rd, Market Harborough. Secretary and flautist Frances Hynes says: ‘We are calling this concert ‘Once Upon A...

October 2017 Concert - ‘Once Upon A Time’

28/09/2017 23:15
Saturday 28th October, 7:30 at the Methodist Church, Northampton Rd Music inspired by myths, legends and fairy tales

June 2017 Concert - Northern Lights

26/05/2017 19:56
A programme of Sibelius including Finlandia, Swan of Tuanela, Karelia Suite and Symphony No. 2 in D major

January 2017 Concert

12/10/2016 23:21
Concert 28th January 2017   Programme Music on a Russian theme, including A selection from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no 5

October 2016 Concert

08/10/2016 19:30
The next performance will be on 8th October 2016 at the Methodist Chruch, Market Harborough

July 2016 Concert

12/06/2016 18:36
The next concert will be on Saturday 2nd July at the Methodist Chruch, Market Harborough
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