LoCCO   Lomond and Clyde Community Orchestra

formerly the Helensburgh Saturday Orchestra


  • Anne Evans - Chairperson
  • Alistair Begg - Treasurer
  • Martin Faulkner - Secretary
  • Anne-Marie Graepel - Librarian
  • Donna McCafferty - (Web page Admin)
  • Caroline MacPhee - (Facebook Admin) 
Lomond and Clyde Community Orchestra in performance

About the Orchestra

The ethos of the orchestra is to make music accessible to anyone and everyone. Therefore we aim to secure funding from a range of sources to keep costs to members low. We employ both a professional conductor and music tutors. The orchestra is run by a committee of volunteers and we are always looking for helpers! 


Our membership fees are adults, £60 per term, juniors, £25 per term. There are reductions for larger family groups with 2 or more children.


Parents play an important role in supporting the Orchestra. They can have a say in how the Orchestra is run by being on the Committee, and can help  with refreshments at the Saturday rehearsals and at concerts.

LoCCO Safeguarding Policy


The law requires any organisation involving young people and vulnerable adults to take all reasonable measures to ensure that the risk of harm to their welfare is minimised and, where there are concerns, to share them with other agencies, as appropriate.

LoCCO recognises that it is not the role of our organisation to decide whether a child or vulnerable adult has been abused or not. This is the role of Argyle and Bute Social Services department.


LoCCO generally comprises members who are independent adults but we also welcome children to play and rehearse with us. We recognise the need to safeguard any young and vulnerable members and the Committee has therefore adopted a Safeguarding Policya copy can be obtained from the secretary.


The LoCCO committee has designated a playing member to be the Child Protection Lead Person who will have the opportunity to undertake appropriate training as required via Argyle & Bute Council.


There should be no need for a member of the orchestra to be alone with a child or vulnerable adult. Any concern regarding a child must immediately be reported to the Child protection lead person (or in their absence to the Chair or Secretary of the Committee) who will take the lead on responding to information that may constitute a safeguarding concern.

General Data Protection Regulation 2016  

Under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2016 which came into law in 2018, all organisations are required to have an open and transparent policy on what data is stored, why and how. LoCCO has a GDPR Policy which was adopted at the AGM in November 2018. A copy can be requested from the secretary or a hard copy can be seen at all rehearsals. 

GDPR policy 2019.pdf


LoCCO started as Helensburgh's 'Saturday Orchestra' in 1977 and then, as now, welcomes those who would like the chance to play in an orchestra - young or old, new players or experienced.

At the first official practice session in East Clyde Street school hall on 7th October, 1977, 70 players turned up - many of them children, and over the years hundreds have enjoyed the open and encouraging musical environment the Orchestra offers.

The reserve conductor, David Bruce, took the baton at that first sessio. As part of the Orchestra's 40 year anniversary celebrationin in 2017, David Bruce again conducted the same piece at our winter concert in Victoria Halls.

Read an account by a founder member (Berit Vogt) of the Orchestra's formation, and view a newspaper report of the Orchestra's first rehearsal.

Helensburgh Saturday Orchestra 1999

Here is a picture of the Helensburgh Saturday Orchestra in 1999. Click image to see larger version