History

Martin Wyatt’s musical studies began in the 1960s at the City of Norwich School, Eaton, where his teachers included Colin Clouting and Maurice Doe. After graduating from Sussex University, he returned to Norwich and opened his shop, Head In The Clouds, in 1971.

1973 saw the beginning of his campaign for the re-use of St Gregory’s Church in Pottergate, and St Gregory’s Arts Centre was eventually opened in 1985. In 1986, Martin formed St Gregory’s Choral Society and Orchestra, and began presenting at least three concerts each year. In 1999, he gained an M Mus from the University of East Anglia, specialising in conducting.

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St Gregory’s Art Centre was obliged to close its doors in 2003, unable to finance the demands of ever-changing licensing laws. St Gregory’s Orchestra re-located to Princes Street United Reformed Church, where the players were made very welcome until that church also faced troubles at the end of 2012 and we were forced to explore new venues.

The orchestra’s outstanding and inspirational leader, Alison Mills, also had her musical grounding at CNS (Eaton), where she studied with Colin Goodchild. She first joined the orchestra in 1989, then left to go to university, returning to take up the post of leader in 2002.

The success and longevity of the orchestra would not have been possible without the dedication and enthusiasm of Frances Hardy, who worked tirelessly for 16 years as Administrator and dynamo of St Gregory’s and who has produced programme notes for practically all of the performances by the orchestra at St Gregory’s and all those since the move to Princes Street U.R.C..

Last updated: 27/3/2014