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About Us

The Hitchin Light Orchestra is a unique institution and is difficult to describe in words - but here goes!


Imagine a concert orchestra – violins, cellos, trumpets, trombones, flutes, clarinets, percussion and so on. Then add a bunch of saxophone players and a jazz rock rhythm section and a group of about twenty singers, around seventy people in all. This gives you the size of it, but the next thing you would notice at a gig is that there are all different age groups. You have 10 year olds playing next to 70 year olds, students and teachers playing from the same part!

Hitchin Light Orchestra is a huge community orchestra playing an eclectic mix of music - jazz, Latin rock, film, show and classical. 

We aim for a high musical standard but achieved with the maximum fun possible. 

We rehearse on Tuesdays 7.30 pm - 9.00 pm in term time at Wilshere-Dacre School, Fishponds Road, Hitchin, Herts. SG5 1NS 

We do great concerts and tours to Europe. 

Anyone can join - come along, bring your instrument and if you like it - you're in! 

HLO runs on a subscription basis - currently £75 per 10 week term.


For more information on how to join the Hitchin Light Orchestra please contact Chris Pyne on 01462 431206 or email him at chris.pyne@pink-champagne.co.uk.

The Hitchin Light Orchestra also has a group on Facebook - find it here.


Hi Hitchin Light Orchestra, Happy New Year.

We start back next Tuesday and I'm just getting a few new tunes ready but we'll keep some of the existing programme as usual.


I've already booked our two major concerts at the town hall for the 30th June and the 1st December so they can go in your diaries straightaway.


This term we'll continue in our tradition of having an in house party at Wilshere-Dacre where we can split into smaller groups or sections to create the entertainment and as usual we'll allow a couple of sessions later in the term to help organise this.


As we go into this year we are still short of at least one trombone so do keep thinking about this and asking around your friends.

Because there is not the pressure of a formal concert at the end of the Spring term I do always think of this term as one where we can build up bits of the orchestra - try new ideas and bring in new recruits. So now is the time to


Suggest musical ideas.


Try improvising for the first time.


Invite friends to come along and try out.


I'll see you on Tuesday....