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About the RTWSO
The RTWSO is a community organisation that brings people together, whether as playing members or audience. We believe passionately in encouraging music-making, nurturing new talent, enhancing the skill of players and delivering enjoyable concerts that inspire the widest possible range of people.
The orchestra is made up from a core group of gifted, local musicians, who play alongside a number of professional players. It aims to provide orchestral programmes of excellent quality in the context of a diverse musical season, and the on- stage standards are consistently high. Among UK orchestras, the RTWSO is a true all-rounder that attracts many internationally famous soloists.
A good reputation
The RTWSO enjoys a good reputation and the on-stage standards are consistently high, enabling us to attract internationally famous artists and orchestral musicians.
The orchestra engages professional conductors, who contribute control, energy and fresh music interpretations for all our concerts. Roderick Dunk is the RTWSO Music Director and Julian Leaper is the Leader.
A community orchestra
The RTWSO is a community organisation that brings people together, whether as playing members or audience. We believe passionately in encouraging music-making, nurturing new talent, enhancing the skill of players, and delivering enjoyable concerts that inspire the widest possible range of people.
The orchestra is made up of professional musicians and a core group of competent, local instrumentalists from Kent and Sussex.
It aims to provide orchestral programmes of excellent quality in the context of a diverse musical season.
Among the UK’s regional orchestras, the RTWSO is a true all-rounder.
A rewarding musical experience
Many of the RTWSO’s playing members attend rehearsals on Friday evenings before each performance, and extra professionals are engaged on the day of a concert. The RTWSO encourages regular attendance at rehearsals so that those sessions are a rewarding musical experience involving as many parts as possible.
When vacancies arise within the RTWSO, instrumentalists from all sections of the orchestra could be invited by the Orchestral Manager to perform in concerts, after a successful trial period. The Music Director and RTWSO committee regularly review the situation of all its playing members.
Would you like to play with the RTWSO?
We are always seeking new players. Students, teachers, young professionals and good musicians from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to join the orchestra.
If you play an orchestral instrument (whether woodwind, brass, percussion or strings) and would like to know more about the RTWSO, please contact our Orchestral Manager Anne Parker today:
Tel. 01825 761915 or
Supporting the Orchestra
A wide variety of charities, businesses and individuals, including Friends and Patrons, assist the work of the RTWSO. We gratefully acknowledge their generosity and support. If you have enjoyed our concerts and would like to see them continue at the same high standard, there are opportunities for you to help.
Since 1987, the Friends of the RTWSO has played a vital role in helping the orchestra achieve financial stability. It continues as our main funding body. We value the existing support, but encourage others to join. Become a Friend by making a donation of £25 or more per person per year.
Remembering the RTWSO in your will
If you are writing or revising your will, please consider leaving a gift to the Friends to ensure future generations can experience high-quality orchestral music concerts.
Our Patrons’ scheme provides a vital source of income for the RTWSO. It contributes towards our operating costs, so that we can continue to book talented soloists and conductors, to engage the services of professional players, to perform large-scale orchestral works and to keep seat prices at affordable levels, particularly for young people. An annual donation of £300 or more entitles someone to become a Patron. For more information, contact: Gale Smith: Tel. 01892 826196 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The orchestra is actively seeking local businesses that could support our music-making. If you are involved in a business that could sponsor a concert, we would like to hear from you – call Barrie Crowhurst, RTWSO Marketing Manager, on 07831 790140.
To achieve our ambitions, the RTWSO requires security for its future. Please get involved now by making a charitable donation.