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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.


So the inevitable has come - I am so sad to announce that we are closing down all our groups as from tonight.

So no HLO
no Phat Sax 
no Funky Strings 
No Garage Clarinets 
No WD Vocal Project 
No Rock School 

Until further notice


Hopefully the situation will improve and we'll work out a way to get started again after the crisis is over. Watch this space and the HLO website....


I will be continuing private 1 to 1 lessons for the time being for those who want to come but Anne will not be teaching any more this term - we are looking into various ways of teaching with some online systems etc.


We will get through this - look after yourselves my friends 

Stay in touch and we'll see you on the other side.....