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12 Market Place, Faversham, Kent ME13 7AE

Oare String Orchestra

Oare String Orchestra was founded in 1982 and consists of about twenty-six players from across the county of Kent. The
orchestra's wide repertoire ranges from Bach and Handel to Stravinsky and Schoenberg, and includes many British composers, some of whom have written specially for the orchestra.

Winner of six PRS awards for programming and performance of contemporary music, OSO has earned acclaim for its rich, vibrant playing in Holland, Denmark and France and in many Home Counties venues.

Situated on Oare Creek, overlooking the marshes just outside Faversham, the village of Oare is home to the orchestra's founder and President, Don Goodsell. The inaugural concert took place on 17 October, 1982, at Oare Church, with an
orchestra of 17 mainly local players.

Although the orchestra has now moved "home" to the Colyer-Ferguson hall at the West Faversham Community Centre for most of its concerts, it maintains its links with Oare by rehearsing in the village hall prior to each concert.

Oare String Orchestra gives three concerts in Faversham each year, usually the last Saturday in January, April and September at 7:30pm. Concerts are usually held at the West Faversham Community Centre. The orchestra occasionally performs at other venues and is always keen to discuss opportunities to take part in festivals and to perform on other, ad hoc, occasions.

Oare String Orchestra Concerts in 2017

28 January: Featuring Ross Winters on recorder, with works by Elgar, Handel, Telemann, Grieg, and Peter Aviss.

29 April: Orchestra leader Lucia d'Avanzo-Lewis and first cellist Jonathan Chapter are our featured soloists, with works by Handel, Schubert, Gade, Monn and Jacob.

23 September: We are joined by the young lyric tenor Oliver Vincent, in a programme including Handel, Sibelius, Finzi, Schubert and Matthew Brown.

All concerts this year are at West Faversham Community Centre and begin at 7:30.


Tickets for the Faversham concerts can be reserved by emailing They can also be obtained on the door. Seats are unreserved and cost £12 (no charge for children of school age accompanied by an adult). A season ticket for all three concerts costs £30.

For more information about the OSO, please visit our website at or follow us on Facebook at


Conductor and Musical Director
Peter Aviss
T: 01797 361490
President (and Publicity Officer)
Don Goodsell
T: 01795 535209
Patti Whaley,
40 Tanners Street,
Kent ME13 7JP
T: 01795 536826
Jonathan Chapter