The Hyde Festival Orchestra was founded in 1954.
They were very popular and played many, many concerts all over the area but especially at Hyde Town Hall. The concerts used to be packed to capacity.
My mum was associated with them for around 50 years and I have some very happy memories of the concerts.
Interestingly, on this programme pictured below, the solo violinist was Michael Davis who
eventually played with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He also led many of the main London orchestras and was for a number of years
principal violinist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra !!
Happily, I can report that the orchestra is still in existence today albeit on a smaller scale. :)