The Orchestra

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The British High Commission
in Ottawa held a reception
at Earnscliffe in honor of
Divertimento Orchestra
April, 2008

"Ottawa's best-kept musical secret" 
"A hidden jewel"
"High calibre of music"
Divertimento Orchestra is an Ottawa-based group of 75 musicians. 
It began in 1984 as a small ensemble
playing in someone's basement for their own pleasure and has evolved into a full-fledged
community symphony
under the direction of Gordon Slater.


Divertimento played two all-English concerts

Vaughan Williams, Overture to "The Wasps"
Coleridge-Taylor, Violin Concerto,
Mark Hartt-Palmer, violin 
(Canadian première)
Elgar, Enigma Variations
And as an encore
 a tune that everyone left humming
Elgar, Pomp & Circumstance March No. 1

Earnscliffe was the private home
 of Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald.
He owned and lived in it for several years
 before his death there in 1891.

Photo of Lois by Bill Blackstone
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British High Commissioner Anthony Cary and his wife Clare
Divertimento Orchestra
conductor Gordon  Slater with his wife Elsa

Mark  and Jill Hartt-Palmer
Mark was guest performer, April concerts
Divertimento Orchestra
Coleridge-Taylor, Violin Concerto 

Mark Hartt-Palmer is the “leader” or concertmaster of the Chichester Symphony Orchestra
West Sussex, in the south of England

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