Orchestra releases centenary calendar

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A CALENDAR has been produced by the team at Scarborough Spa to celebrate the centenary of the UK’s last remaining resident summer season orchestra.

The Scarborough Spa Orchestra was formed in 1912 and has continued to enthral audiences with its blend of waltzes and marches along with film and television themes.

The new calendar – which is on sale from the Spa Box Office – brings together a collection of images of the Spa Orchestra and its audiences from down the years.

Scarborough Spa sales and marketing officer Stewart Ward said: “We have been working with a range of sources including the Scarborough Evening News, Scarborough Library and Spa Orchestra patrons to build up a library of images, some of which are featured in the calendar.

“We are very grateful for their co-operation and support and hope the calendar is the first of many tributes to the Spa Orchestra as it goes into its centenary year.”

The Spa Orchestra was created in 1912 by Alick Maclean. This first ensemble of 35 professional musicians gave daily concerts in the Grand Hall and Sun Court.

Concert programmes included music from the classical repertoire, Viennese waltzes, operettas, and popular songs of the day. This unique musical tradition has been continued by musical directors since Maclean, including the great Max Jaffa between 1960 and 1986.

Every week during the summer season, the Spa Orchestra plays no fewer than nine concerts – mornings from Sunday to Thursday, and Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.