As we get ready for our 60th Anniversary Summer Concert this weekend, take a look at some photos from our earlier days.

Seeing the small size of this early orchestra teaches us to be thankful for the large scale performances we are able to put on in such a rural area.

Early Burford Orchestra performing on stage

On this occasion the orchestra seems to have been working with a local dramatics group to put on Handel's opera Acis and Galatea, with Owen Brannigan in the role of Polyphemus. This was in 1959, when the orchestra was just 5 years old.

Burford Orchestra performing Handels' Acis and Galatea in 1959

And here is Owen Brannigan himself as the monstrous giant, Polyphemus.

Burford Orchestra 1959, Owen Brannigan as the monstrous giant, Polyphemus, from Handels's Acis and Galatea

We also have a photo of a quartet, presumably made of members of the orchestra, called the Burney Quartet.
The Burney Quartet, made of members of Burford Orchestra, in 1959
Today the orchestra puts on three concerts per year, with our recent Come and Play Day a new event that we're looking to turn into a regular feature. We boast full wind and largely full brass sections compared to the pictures above, but like the above pictures we also have members who play in string quartets and a brass quintet.
The orchestra hasn't performed Acis and Galatea recently, however.

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