Orchestra is a treasure

Our visitor from London (Mrs J Bazley, Letters, September 20) makes a heartfelt plea for Scarborough folk to support orchestral music in the town.

Sometimes we take for granted things that are on our doorstep, but I would strongly encourage your readers to get behind the Scarborough Symphony Orchestra, which has played in the town for more than 60 years and starts a new season of exciting music in November.

You don’t need to be a classical music expert to come along and enjoy some of the most popular classical music played by this enthusiastic and talented full symphony orchestra. While this may be an amateur orchestra, the standard is such that it attracts internationally renowned soloists to perform with them in our town. The orchestra receives no financial support from Scarborough Council but it does rely on the support of the local community to continue to give the people of Scarborough and indeed North Yorkshire the opportunity to hear a live symphony orchestra right here in the town.

So please join me at the opening concert of the new season and find out for yourself the delights of listening live to some of the most famous music of Mendelssohn, Bach and Beethoven. What’s more, children and students are admitted free. Full details of how to get tickets are on the orchestra website www.scarborough-orchestra.co.uk. Or just turn up for the concert at the Methodist Central Hall in Queen Street at 7.30pm on November 17. You won’t regret it!

Lady Ayckbourn

Patron, Scarborough Symphony Orchestra