The only specialist string orchestra in Kent. Based near Faversham.

The Orchestra

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The orchestra was founded in 1982 by Don Goodsell and Peter Aviss, when it had 17 players. Don no longer plays with the orchestra but continues to be very active, particularly in the field of publicity, as our President. Peter Aviss is the Musical Director and Conductor.


The Village of Oare, overlooking the marshes just outside Faversham, is Don's home. The orchestra continues to rehearse in Oare before each concert, but has outgrown the church in which the first concerts were given (the orchestra is about 25 strong for most concerts). For a long time most concerts were given in the Alexander Centre in Faversham, until changes to the hall made it unsuitable for the orchestra. The venues that we now use most often are the West Faversham Community Centre and Queen  Elizabeth's Grammar School, Faversham.


Oare String Orchestra is proud to have been the winner of six Performing Right Society awards for innovative programming.


Oare String Orchestra has taken part in many events outside the immediate area: the orchestra has played in France, Holland and Denmark as well as in festivals both in Kent and elsewhere in England. The orchestra is always interested in taking part in new ventures. The orchestra can also supply either a full string orchestra or smaller groups of string players on a commercial basis. Please contact the Chairman for further information.


We are very pleased that the orchestra has applied for, and received, recognition as a charitable body. The aims of the orchestra are stated in its constitution:

"To promote, improve, develop and maintain public education in the art and science of music for string orchestra; by the presentation of public concerts and recitals and by other such ways as the society through its Committee shall determine from time to time."

The Trustees of the orchestra are listed here.


The orchestra endeavours to maintain a high standard of playing, many of its members having received professional training. Membership is by invitation. If you would be interested in playing with the orchestra, please contact the Musical Director.


Wind players are occasionally invited to join the orchestra. If you would be interested in joining us on these occasions, please contact the Musical Director.


The orchestra is pleased to be affiliated to Making Music, the National Federation of Music Societies, which supports and champions voluntary music.

Oare String Orchestra

Picture by Chris Newton