Southend Symphony Orchestra
The Southend Symphony Orchestra was formed as an association in 1921 from the orchestral section of the Westcliff Operatic and Dramatic Society. The aims of the orchestra were, and remain to this day "to perform, for the benefit of members and friends, the works of the Great Masters as created in Overtures, Symphonies and Concertos for Solo Instruments". There were few opportunities at this time to hear such works outside of London, other than that performed by Military Bands.
Under the baton of Miles Hook the orchestra took off and a high standard was achieved, leading in 1936 to us becoming affiliated with the National Federation of Music Societies.