In this regular feature Terry Morgan turns the spotlight on a member of the Louth People’s Orchestra.
The leader of the LPO is Andrew Hutton, a retired music teacher. He comes from a musical family; his mother was a music teacher and his aunt a violin teacher, so Andrew felt almost compelled to take up the violin at the age of five.
He trained as a teacher in Coventry and worked in Holland, south Lincolnshire as a peripatetic teacher of upper strings (violin and viola).
Andrew was a founder member of the Grimsby Youth Orchestra in 1959, an orchestra in which both his brother and his future sister-in-law played. As well as the LPO, he currently plays with the Boston Orchestra and was a founder member of the Boston Sinfonia, playing in their first-ever concert. He was also leader of the Spalding Chamber Orchestra from the late Sixties onwards. When he retired in 2004, Andrew put his violin away. He says he had had it under his chin for 60 years and wanted to give it (and his chin) a break. His family talked him out of musical retirement, however, and he joined the LPO. He said about the LPO: “The orchestra has been re-vitalised by Susan Grant’s excellent direction. She has presented us with an interesting and varied set of pieces - some challenging works and some tuneful lighter pieces. If we could recruit some more string players and continue to tackle music of the calibre of Haydn’s London Symphony, I would say that the future looks rosy.”
If you would like to emulate Andrew and become a member, you can simply turn up at any meeting, ring Amanda on 01507 354816 or Terry on 01507 473637, or look at the Louth People’s Orchestra page on Facebook. The LPO rehearses on the second and fourth Sunday of each month.