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A Brief History 

Roade Community Orchestra is the brainchild of our musical director, local professional musician and music teacher Ian Riley. 

1999, the music room at Roade Community College welcomed an unusual collection of eight or so instruments on a Tuesday evening to play specially arranged pieces in ensemble.  Slowly, over a period of two years, RCO had grown to about twenty members.  The practice room now seemed to be a lot smaller and as the cost of evening classes had increased once more our members were none too pleased.

On 1st August 2002 a few enthusiastic members decided to make a move and establish Roade Community Orchestra as an independent group.  The first requirement was to find a new home and then pursue the possibility of charitable status.  By 2nd September 2002 a constitution had been adopted and the Charities Commission had begun to process our bid for registration.  On the 10th September 2002 we moved to our new home, Roade Primary School hall, large enough for us to grow and with a great sound for our rehearsals.  We had managed to more than halve our membership costs.  There was more good news to come; on 26th August 2003 we received notification that Roade Community Orchestra had now been entered in the Central Register of Charities for England and Wales, number 1099130. 

On 18th July 2006 RCO celebrated the end of another successful year with over forty members and still growing.

Whilst we have been establishing our self as an orchestra, a number of opportunities to diversify have come our way.  It has become customary now to play carols around the village at Christmas accompanied by Roade Community Choir raising money for charity, RCO and RCC funds.  In 2004 following a specific request for a “group small enough to fit on a narrow boat”, the wind ensemble Trumpet Involuntary was formed and became the first group to play in the Blisworth tunnel for 200 years! 

 We are now a member of Making Music, The National Federation of Music Societies.