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Derek Carden

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.

Adrian Charlesworth - Leader

Adrain has freelanced in many professional orchestras such as the RPO, LCO and English National Ballet. He is involved with many educational charities, coaches inspiring young violinists working with the National Children’s Orchestra, London Schools Symphony Orchestra and others. With appearances as diverse as Kylie Minogue, Katherine Jenkins, Burt Bacharach and Sir Simon Rattle as well as many others.  

Polo Piatti - Artistic Director

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 his first cello concerto. Polo is the founder and artistic director of Hastings Sinfonia, The International Composers Festival, ClassicUs, and founded the Opus Theatre, Hastings.  


Chair - Sandra Goodsell  -

Treasurer - Jane Richards

Musician liaison / vice chair  - Kaye Snelling-Colyer 

Secretary - Debbie Clarke

Librarian - Jonathan Bruce

Artistic Director - Polo Piatti

Marketing and social media advisor - Alexandra Hudson

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, especially violas, double bass and brass, please get in touch - no audition is required (approx grade 6 and above)   

Telephone  Sandra  on  07841 448879 or email: 


Polo Piatti


Adrian Charlesworth

Polo and Derek

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