About Us

What do we play?

The Orchestra plays varied items from the classical repertoire. The programme is selected by the conductor, but taking account of suggestions from the players.

About Us

We own a library of scores, including many of the major symphonies. Other music is hired as required.

The program may include an invited soloist, performing a work of their choice.  

The Orchestra tries to maintain the full complement of string and wind players that would be found in a standard orchestra. There are currently about 50 members. 

We support St. Aldhelm’s Church by providing musical accompaniment at their annual carol service.


Ian Lowes has returned as our principal conductor. 

Ian previously worked with St. Aldhelm’s Orchestra from 1999 to 2003. He has a busy professional career as a horn player, conductor and composer, and also works for the music examination board.


Anna Tyrrell took over the orchestra leaders role in 2013.  She grew up in this area, but having completed her music studies, she spent several years in Spain, where she taught music, violin and English, as well as performing and recording. 

She returned to the UK in 2009, and is Head of Music at Broadstone Middle School. 

In 2017 she performed ‘The Lark Ascending’ with the orchestra.


The orchestra is administered by a committee, elected annually from the members.


Neil Thompson 
Email: tntmus@hotmail.com


Wendy Gretton


Monday – 19:30–21:15


St. Aldhelm’s Church, St. Aldhelm’s Road, Branksome, Poole BH13 6BT

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