Otley Chamber Orchestra

Aljosa Skorja

Conductor – Aljosa Skorja

OCO considers itself  to be very lucky indeed in obtaining the services of talented young Slovenian Conductor, Aljosa Skorja. He studied first at the University of Ljubljana, and then on a Scholarship at the Royal Northern College of Music. He has taken part in organ and conducting masterclasses and has considerable experience conducting  both choral and orchestral works.

Leader – Chris Hodges

Since its foundation in January 2009,  the  Otley Chamber Orchestra has rehearsed fortnightly at the Courthouse Arts Centre.  Members come from  Otley and surrounding areas and numbers have grown to over  50 experienced and capable players.

OCO in Concert


Rehearsals for 2014 and 2015 are held at the Courthouse twice a month at 7pm on the following dates:

Oct 12th and 26th

Nov  9th and 23rd

Dec 14th

Jan 11th and 25th

Feb 8th and 22nd

March 8th and 22nd

April 12th and 26th

May 10th, 17th (4.0 Rehearsal, 7.30 Concert) and 31st

June 14th and 28th

July 12th


Experienced new  String and Brass players welcome. The Woodwind places are currently  full but we  keep a  ‘waiting list’ of extra players who may get a chance  to cover absences or for join  in  larger works.


The Orchestra’s Spring Concert will be on 17th May 2015 at Wesley Hall, Boroughgate, Otley at 7.30pm.

At previous concerts the Orchestra has performed:

17th May 2014: Weber Overture Der Freischutz; Haydn Symphony 99; MacCunn Land of the Mountain and the Flood; Tchaikovsky Swan Lake

28th April  2013: Schubert Overture Rosamunde;  Beethoven Symphony No 2;  Mendelssohn  Violin  Concerto

25 March 2012:  Beethoven Overture Coriolan; Haydn Symphony 104; Nicolai Overture The Merry Wives of Windsor; Bizet Carmen Suite No 1.

Here are some audience reactions:

“Thank you for a most enjoyable evening. It was hard to believe that the orchestra had been so recently formed and a tremendous tribute to their dedication. Of course, having such a leader (violinist) is a great bonus.”

“Triumphant OCO Spring Concert – very impressed and thoroughly enjoyed it – the Mendelssohn seemed to be the audience favourite!”

“My parents who came along to support us last night thoroughly enjoyed the concert & they commented on how much we’d improved compared to last year’s concert. My father was particularly complimentary about the woodwind!”

“My 7 year old son came and really loved it. He liked the flutes especially!”

“VERY WELL DONE TO YOU ALL. The orchestra has come on a very long way!!”


For further information, contact – Helen Thornton 01943 463099, otleychamberorchestra@gmail.com  or  John  Restorick 01943 875176  john_restorick@hotmail.com