Following its inauguration in 1988, and until 2001, the orchestra was directed by Laurie Jones, a retired local music teacher who was instrumental in fostering the orchestra’s appreciation and enjoyment of light music. Laurie devoted endless time to the orchestra, arranging an eclectic array of music for the enjoyment of its musicians and audiences. He will always be fondly remembered by all members of the orchestra and the scores of other musicians who have been privileged to come under his musical influence and enthusiastic guidance.
Since September 2002, the orchestra has been fortunate to have Alan Nuttall as our Musical Director and conductor. Alan has brought a wealth of musical knowledge, experience and guidance to the orchestra for which we are extremely indebted.
HLO has an extensive library of original orchestral scores from which we regularly select music for our varied performances.