The Mitcham Orchestra is a community orchestra based in the City of Mitcham. In 1988, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation formed the Bicentenary Seniors Symphony Orchestra, which was conducted by Graham Abbott. The Leader was Sam Bor. They gave concerts in the Adelaide Town Hall and at Victor Harbor (conducted by Sam Bor) with soprano soloist, Rae Cocking. In 1989, after approaching the A.B.C. with a view to continuing the orchestra’s activities, and also the Adelaide City Council, the players found that no support was available from either of these organisations. The players used the Flinders Street Music School as a base (the first rehearsal was held on April 28, 1990), and the orchestra was named the Adelaide Metropolitan Orchestra. Mike Kenny, a former French Horn player in the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and musical arranger with the A.B.C., conducted and arranged music for the orchestra from 1990-2016. The new conductor is Tully Brookes. In May 1996, the orchestra relocated to the All Saints Anglican Church at Colonel Light Gardens. In early 2000 the orchestra was offered financial support by the Mitcham Council, which provides a hall in Richmond Road, Westbourne Park for rehearsals. On March 4, 2000, the orchestra became the Mitcham Orchestra. The Inaugural Concert was given at the Mitcham Village Institute on Sunday, May 14, 2000. The Concert given on October 19, 2008, at the Mitcham Village Institute, celebrated the orchestra’s 20th Anniversary. The Mitcham Orchestra celebrated 30 years during 2018.
The Mitcham Orchestra presents two Sunday Afternoon Concerts in May and October each year at the Cumberland Park Community Centre, 390 Goodwood Road, Cumberland Park, and also performs at retirement homes and community concerts in various locations around Adelaide.
The orchestra rehearses on Saturday afternoons from 2 pm-4-30 pm
Richmond Road Hall, 1 Richmond Road, Westbourne Park.
There are vacancies for players of string instruments (violin, viola, cello, bass), trombone and french horn.
2019 Concert dates
Sunday, May 26, Mitcham Orchestra in Concert, Cumberland Park Community Centre, 390 Goodwood Road, Cumberland Park, 2-00 pm. Conductor: Tully Brookes. Soloist: Tahlia West, flute. Includes music by Mendelssohn, Schubert and Chaminade. Admission: $12, Children 12 Years and under free, at the door. Afternoon Tea: $2.
Sunday, October 27, Cumberland Park Community Centre, 390 Goodwood Road, Cumberland Park, 2-00 pm. Includes Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture and Symphony No 35 (Haffner), George Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Bizet’s Carmen Suite No 1 and Selections from My Fair Lady. Conductor: Tully Brookes. Admission: $12, Children 12 Years and under free, at the door. Afternoon Tea: $2.