Derek Carden - Conductor

Derek started his musical career as a cathedral chorister (Rochester) then read music at Nottingham University and the London Opera Centre.

He specialises in conducting, accompanying opera and church music, on organ or piano, giving organ recitals, and in teaching.  He has appeared throughout the UK, Europe and the US. He has recorded an orchestral CD with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, featuring the late Sir Patrick Moore.


Polo Piatti - Artistic Director

Often referred to as 'the last romantic' Polo is an award-winning British-Argentine composer and one of the very few high-profile international musicians concentrating exclusively on the creation and promotion of universally appealing classical music.  Polo's 'Bohemian Piano Concerto' was premiered in the USA recently, he has just finished his Christmas guitar concerto and is currently working on his first cello concerto. Polo is the founder and artistic director of the  Hastings Sinfonia, The International Composers Festival, ClassicUs and founded and runs the Opus Theatre, Hastings.  


Peter Fields - Leader

Peter has been playing professionally for over 30 years with a wide range of orchestras including LSO and RPO.  He has also been involved with West End shows, pop tours and commercial recordings with artists such as Dionne Warwick, Henry Mancini and Barry White.

Peter teaches violin and piano and has had much success with pupils of all ages from 2 - 80.



Chair - Sandra Goodsell

Treasurer - David Bottom

Librarians - Sal Albon and  Rebecca Christmas

Membership Secretary - Michelle Morgon

Musician liaison - Kaye Snelling-Colyer

Jonathan Bruce and Fiona Evans 


We pride ourselves on being a friendly inclusive orchestra and aim to play to the best of our musical ability in an encouraging warm atmosphere.  
We are looking for new players to join us.  Whatever you play, please get in touch - no audition is required (approx grade 6 and above)   

Telephone  Sandra  on  07841 448879 or email: