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.



Rehearsals for the 2015/16 season are held at the Courthouse  twice a month at 7.00pm on the following dates:
September 13th and 27th
October 11th and 25th
November 8th and 22nd
December 13th
January 10th and 24th 
February 7th and 21st
March 6th and 20th
April 10th and 24th
May 8th and 15th   Concert 22nd (Wesley Hall)
June 12th and 26th
July 10th
September 11th and 25th
October  9th and 23rd
November 13th and 27th
December 11th

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 22nd May 2016 at Wesley Hall, Boroughgate, Otley at 7.30pm.

At previous concerts the Orchestra has performed:

17th May 2015:  Weber Overture Euryanthe; Beethoven Symphony No 1; Dvorak Symphony No 8

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

Here are some audience reactions:

“we thought there were a few nerves at the start, then the Beethoven was wonderful and by the Dvorak you were all jumpin’ and it was fantastic!”
“First and foremost I was struck by the players enthusiasm and how much the orchestra had come on since the last time I heard it.  Well done everyone!  …… Your entire concert was performed with courage and energy and charm at the relevant moments and I was caught up with a big smile on my face as I followed your journey through the various movements of the works.
And I also enjoyed looking at the sketches around the hall of the players rehearsing … such a nice touch!”

“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!!”

The OCO has become something rather special. 


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