Jackie was in­stru­men­tal in set­ting up the or­ches­tra

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&World Update -

JACKIE Over was on the steer­ing com­mit­tee which got the or­ches­tra off the ground 20 years ago.

The “Mother of the Or­ches­tra”, the mu­sic teacher from Wer­ring­ton has been in­volved ever since.

She said: “There were a num­ber of us who de­cided that Peter­bor­ough was a large enough place, that it de­served to have a sym­phony or­ches­tra. “We thought about a smaller or­ches­tra ini­tially but then our guest con­duc­tor, Antony Hopkins, said we ought to go for a full sym­phony or­ches­tra. So we took his ad­vice and went for gold, not sil­ver.”

Mrs Over drummed up mem­ber­ship of the or­ches­tra by call­ing round all the peo­ple she knew who might be in­ter­ested and per­suad­ing them to get in­volved.

She per­formed in a cou­ple of con­certs in the early days as a pi­anist but her main role has been as sec­re­tary and li­brar­ian.

“I did a lot of talk­ing, be­cause I’m quite good at that,” she said. “And get­ting peo­ple on board, and will­ing ev­ery­body to come to­gether.”

Mrs Over says there have been many suc­cesses over the years, with large and small con­certs, and is look­ing for­ward to the cel­e­bra­tory event next month.

“It’s a way of draw­ing lo­cal mu­si­cal groups to­gether to be one big force in the cathe­dral, which is still a fan­tas­tic venue to play in,” she said.

“There are so many per­son­al­i­ties that have shaped the or­ches­tra. We’re not the same or­ches­tra as we were when we started. I’d like to think we’ve gone on from strength to strength.

“The core is still very much there and striv­ing for the best that we can be, no mat­ter what kind of con­cert we’re putting on.

“We’d like to think we’ve re­ally worked on giv­ing the city a mem­o­rable se­ries of con­certs through­out our ex­is­tence and we’d like to think it will keep go­ing for a long time to come.”

Pic­ture: PAUL FRANKS

MOTHER FIG­URE: Jackie Over, pic­tured at her pi­ano at her home in Wer­ring­ton, helped to set up the or­ches­tra. (METP-14-06-10PF028)

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