The Hereford String Orchestra (HSO) was founded in September 1958 as an advanced strings evening class. It quickly became established as an independent orchestra, and today it is the only regular adult orchestra in Herefordshire
Although initially founded as a string group, it quickly developed a pattern of concerts including wind, brass and percussion players and sometimes choral groups. In the past the HSO joined together with the Hereford Orchestral Society to give large symphony concerts. But when the Society ceased to function, the HSO took over such concerts. Despite its name Hereford String Orchestra also performs chamber and symphonic music with regular associate wind/brass/percussion players. The HSO also continues to join with local choral societies from time to time. For more on the history of the HSO click here.
Join the HSO
New members are always welcome to the Hereford String Orchestra. If you are interested in joining the Hereford String Orchestra or would like more information or just have general query then don’t hesitate to contact the orchestra. You can contact the HSO by calling the Secretary & Librarian, Pym Paxton, on 01568 760633 or through our website contact form. The Hereford String Orchestra rehearses every Monday in term time. Rehearsals commence at 7.30pm or 7.15pm (depending on the conductor) and usually finish around 9.30pm. Rehearsals take place in The Griffin Centre at Hereford Sixth Form College (unless other arrangements have to be made to accommodate college priorities). The HSO acknowledges with gratitude the sponsorship by Hereford Sixth Form College.