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 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

January 2016 Concert

10/01/2016 19:22
Brahms Symphony 1 in C Minor Op. 68 Brahms Academic Festival Overture Op. 80 Weber Concertino for Clarinet & Orchestra Op. 26    

September 2015 concert date

03/02/2015 08:55
Paul Dukas Fanfare pour La Peri   Gabriel Fauré Masques et bergamasques Op. 112 1. Ouverture 2. Menuet 3. Gavotte 4. Pastorale   Maurice Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte   Maurice Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin 1. Prélude 2. Forlane 3. Menuet 4....

January 2015 Concert - Details

12/01/2015 22:28
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Leonore Overture 3 Op. 72 Joseph Joachim Raff (1822-1882) Sinfonietta Op. 188 Interval Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony 5 in C minor Op. 67 1. Allegro con brio 2. Andante con moto Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Leonore Overture 3 Op....

July 2014 Concert

18/06/2014 00:00
‘Nationalism in Music’   Dvořák Symphony 8 in G Op. 88   Tchaikovsky Excerpts from Swan Lake   Enescu Dixtour Op. 14   Also featuring arrangements for brass ensemble: Mussorgsky Great Gate of Kiev Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 5 Dvořák Slavonic Dance No....

Review of Performance 23/11/2013

04/03/2014 22:54
The Market Harborough Orchestra Presents “In the English Tradition” 23/11/2013 I wonder how many readers know that Market Harborough has an orchestra? I didn’t and I’m sorry! Four years ago 30+ musicians, (music teachers, ex-professionals, music students and enthusiastic amateurs), got together to...

Website launched

20/02/2014 21:43
Our new website has been launched today.

November 2013 Concert

18/11/2013 00:00
William Walton A Shakespeare Suite: Richard III 1. Fanfare 2. Music Plays 3. The Princes in the Tower 4. With Drum and Colours 5. I Would I Knew Thy Heart 6. Trumpets Sound   Ralph Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Greensleeves (adapted from the opera Sir John in...

June 2013 Concert

18/06/2013 00:00
A Midsummer’s Concert   Richard Rodney Bennett Farnham Festival Overture   Georges Bizet L’Arlésienne Suite 2 from the Incidental Music 1. Pastorale 2. Intermezzo 3. Menuet 4. Farandole   Emile Bernard Divertissement Op36 for Doubled Wind Quintet 3rd...
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