Sad News – Stan Vanlint a long serving violinist has passed away.

It was with great sadness that we learnt that Stan Vanlint passed away on Monday, 17 January 2022 at the age of 92.

Stan was an enthusiastic and long standing member of the Second Violins. He joined in 1982 and his last concert was in 2016, when he decided to leave for health issues. Stan was also a committee member for some years. Not only did he love the violin but, as a skilled craftsman, he used to make his own violins. He ran evening classes where a number of orchestra members learnt the craft and went on play them. Stan was always supportive and welcoming to new members.

Here is a photo of Stan, front row, in the middle. Taken at the ‘Bell’ School Upminster, where we rehearsed for many years. (June 2010).

He will be sadly missed.

The Orchestra at the 'Bell' School June 2010
The Orchestra at the ‘Bell’ School June 2010


Sad news: The death of James Brockenshire MP

So sad to hear of the death of James Brockenshire, former Hornchurch MP and Government minister at the age of 53.

He was absolutely lovely when he came along to one of our Windmill Hall concerts a few years’ back and (despite very little briefing!) spoke freely and off the cuff to the audience. Our thoughts and condolences go to his family, colleagues and friends.

Havering Heores

Watch the video, listen to the music.

‘Heroes’ performed by Havering Music School Community Orchestra – which included some of us.

Celebrating Havering Heroes

As we commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day today, we're also celebrating the values and actions of the local community in the fight against coronavirus.Thank you to everyone who is going for the extra mile for one another. You're all Havering Heroes ⭐ 🎶 David Bowie's 'Heroes' was performed by Havering Music School Community Orchestra, with ages ranging from 8 to 82!📷 Thank you to Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust for allowing us to use their footage.

Posted by Havering Council on Friday, 8 May 2020

Martyn Bowden – much respected.

Havering Concert Orchestra were very sad to hear about the death of Martyn Bowden . Martyn supported us over many years playing trombone. In our 2019 Autumn Concert we dedicated Arvo Pärt’s – ‘Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten’ to him. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Start of rehearsals today with our new Conductor. So exciting! Details of our concert can be found on our website Or watch our new video:

Lawrence our new Conductor

We are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Conductor – Lawrence Tatnall

We are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Conductor – Lawrence Tatnall PG Dip BMus.

We started the recruitment process for a new conductor nearly a year ago, with 22 applications, 8 interview candidates, a final shortlist of 3 and then 2 conductors covering alternating rehearsal weeks this last term and sharing the baton at the last concert. Congratulations have to go to Angelo Tsocos, who made the final two in this process who acquitted himself admirably – but we could only have one conductor!

We’re very excited to be working with Lawrence and planning out some exciting programmes for the next concert season.  In the meantime, tickets are already on sale for our summer concert “THIEVES, LOVERS & PRINCESSES” which takes place on Saturday 22nd June at Frances Bardsley Academy, Romford. See Lawrence’s biography at Lawrence’ Biography.