About the KCO

  The KCO performing a charity concert at the Foundling Museum, London

The KCO performing a charity concert at the Foundling Museum, London

The orchestra is based in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, UK. Since its formation the KCO has played a wide range of orchestral music, from baroque and classical, through the Romantic era, to contemporary music from the last century.

We aim for a balance between the familiar and the new, and have a long tradition of first performances of music by local composers, often of astonishing inventiveness and musicality.

The performing members of the KCO include professionals, teachers, semi-professionals and keen amateurs and the orchestra performs a wide range of classical music to a high standard of performance.

Our conductor, Andy Meyers, is also an accomplished composer and we have premiered many of his works to great success. As well as performing three concerts a year in Kingston, we have also travelled abroad to perform in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The Kingston Chamber Orchestra is registered with the Charities Commission under registered number 297541.


History

The KCO was formed in 1996 as a chamber orchestra responding to the need for the performance of classical music in Kingston upon Thames and the wider district, and a near professional standard of orchestra to attract serious instrumentalists who wish to perform on a regular basis. 


Kingston University

The Kingston Chamber Orchestra has been the Associate Orchestra of Kingston University since 2013. Rehearsal time is given to perform compositions of members of the music faculty. Members of the University play with the orchestra. 

We are very grateful for the regular use of the University's rehearsal facilities at Visconti Studio.  


The orchestra has performed at various venues to raise funds for charities, including Downs Syndrome, The Friends of Thomas Coram, the Star & Garter homes and others.

Fundraising Concerts


Committee Members

  • Chairman: Richard Elliston
  • Secretary: Caroline Ditchfield
  • Treasurer: Linda Webber
  • Librarian: Juliet Edwards
  • Concert Day Manager: Louisa Sadler
  • Advertising and Publicity: Pauline Moore
  • Music Director: Andy Meyers