Memories of Farnborough - Farnborough Symphony Orchestra


Dietrich Küchemann, a German-born scientist who joined the RAE after the war, became principal cellist. He was to remain with the orchestra until his retirement in 1971. As a scientist he was highly regarded, being the author of what is still regarded as one of the foundational text books on aerodynamics and being a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Farnborough Symphony Orchestra - Dietrich Küchemann
Dietrich Küchemann


David Kettle became established as the regular conductor of the orchestra and a period of stability followed.


The orchestra secured Frederick Grinke as soloist for a ‘celebrity’ concert in which he performed the Brahms Violin Concerto. He had played the Bach Double Violin Concerto the previous year at Vaughan-Williams’ funeral and the RAE orchestra concert attracted an audience of 450.


David Kettle became ill and was prevented from conducting the second concert of the season. A committee discussion which was aimed at appointing a deputy conductor concluded that appointment of a non-RAE conductor would be best for the orchestra. Although there was no intention of replacing David Kettle at that time, he nonetheless resigned and John Cotterill, founder of the Waverley Singers was appointed.

Farnborough Symphony Orchestra - Dietrich Küchemann
John Cotterill

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