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About the DSO

The DSO was founded 77 years ago in 1946 as a music appreciation society, and that spirit of a shared experience - listening to and playing popular orchestral works - is still at the core of the Orchestra today.


We are mostly amateur players, some teaching professionals, and a few members who make a living from playing, in a variety of contexts. By and large, we create our concert programmes with the musical resources we have 'in-house' but we believe we have a standard to uphold for our loyal audiences and as representatives of the best of Dartford. That means we continue to employ and pay a professional conductor - this coming season you will have seen we are pleased to have a rota of guests in that roles.

We do not get a grant or guarantee but we are actively looking for donations - we are grateful for those we do get - and sponsors. If you are able to help us raise funds n any way we would be very pleased to talks with you. Any opportunity to work with sponsors or partners would be most welcome.

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