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Making Waves
Five Movements for a Seaside Orchestra

Scarborough Spa Orchestra past and present.

Scarborough is the last seaside resort in the UK to offer its visitors and residents a professional orchestra. From May to September it performs programmes of orchestral, classical, light and jazz music in 10 concerts a week set against the backdrop of Scarborough's South Bay.

The Orchestra
was created in 1912 by Alick Maclean. This first ensemble of 35 professional musicians gave daily concerts in the Grand Hall and Suncourt. Concert programmes included music
from the classical repertoire, Viennese waltzes, operettas, and popular songs of the day.

In 1995 Scarborough Borough Council with funds from Yorkshire Arts commissioned Nigel Morgan to compose a new work for the orchestra. Making Waves was not only to be an entertaining sequence of light music miniatures suitable for listening to from a deckchair at Scarborough's famous Spa, but also a work that could feature in the orchestra's education activities in and around North Yorkshire.

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