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