Since it’s ‘pilot’ event in September 2011, the Nidderdale Community Orchestra has met every Tuesday evening during term-time at Nidderdale High School, under the musical direction of Bryan Western (pictured). Supported by Nidderdale Plus, the Orchestra has maintained a membership of about 25, all ages and all abilities, learning a variety of music to suit all tastes, and with public performances at local venues, including St James, Birstwith and St Cuthbert’s, Pateley Bridge, Pateley Bridge bandstand and most recently at Toft Gate Barn cafe. Other musical activity (such as the Community Choir) has been borne through this meeting of local people with a love of making music! Nidderdale Plus is now assisting the Orchestra to go ‘independent’, as a constituted community group, with its own bank account and management committee. Anyone interested in joining the Orchestra, check our rehearsal dates at www.nidderdalecommunityorchestra.org or contact Nidderdale Plus for further details – and come along – all welcome!