At the age of about 12, I was handed a battered old French Horn that was being used as an ornament to see if I could get a sound out of it. That didn’t deter me, and after my playing career got under way with the Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra, I then enjoyed playing in the pit for university G&S productions, and over the years, as opportunities for amateur orchestral playing in the UK and Denmark increased, so did my repertoire including the, sometimes exhausting, but always entertaining, light music pieces the PCO performs. Now that I have taken early retirement as a clergyman, I am looking to devote more time (and stamina) to music-making, and the PCO certainly provides a great incentive for that.

It was a privilege to be asked to be the new PCO chairman at the 2017 AGM. The orchestra owes a huge debt of gratitude to Brian Walker for having seen us through our ten year anniversary celebrations. I have been happily involved in the orchestra for over 6 years, and some might say in that time, my playing has improved!

As a Concert Orchestra, we are eager to continue to develop and nurture a lively local interest in high quality performances of light orchestral music that the Morecambe PCO has become renowned for over the past years, and in order for us to have any chance of celebrating another ten years, we are going to source ever-increasingly rare financial resources. With the assistance of the PCO committee, I will endeavour to exercise my role as chairman in doing just that.

Chris Halliwell