Oare String Orchestra
OSO is the only orchestra in Kent specialising in string orchestra repertoire. We give three concerts a year, with a mixture of well-known favourites and accessible modern music. We are proud to have been the winner of six Performing Right Society awards for innovative programming. We have also held several string composition competitions to encourage new repertoire for string orchestra.
The orchestra was founded in 1982 by Don Goodsell and Peter Aviss, when it had 17 players. Don no longer plays with the orchestra but continues to be very active as our President. Peter Aviss is the Musical Director and Conductor. The orchestra continues to rehearse in Oare before its three annual concerts, but has outgrown the church in which the first concerts were given. The venues that we now use most often are the West Faversham Community Centre and Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Faversham.