Prometheus Orchestra was founded in 2008 in response to the wishes of a number of East Anglian musicians who had worked with Edmond Fivet and Pam Munks and were keen to perform more of the orchestral repertoire. Thanks to the financial, musical and administrative support of Pam Munks and Liz Page, the orchestra was born. The name Prometheus was taken from a performance of Beethoven’s Prometheus Overture, which the Orchestra had recently performed.
The success of the Prometheus Orchestra is based on a number of factors. It is able to draw on a pool of talented musicians of all ages based in Suffolk and other parts of East Anglia. It is a mark of their quality that a number of them have given concerto performances with the Orchestra.
The Orchestra has had strong and continuing support from its ‘Friends’ who have recognised the importance of being able to attend reasonably priced concerts with varied music (some familiar, some new), played in a stylish manner by locally based professional musicians at accessible venues.
The Orchestra’s founding Patron, Sir Charles Mackerras offered a great deal of experienced advice until his death in 2010. Sir Charles was particularly helpful on repertoire choice – for example, the possibilities for work by Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn to be played by ‘classical’ sized orchestras. Sir Charles was, of course, known for his interest in ‘historically informed’ performance and how this could be applied to orchestras playing on ‘modern’ instruments.
Prometheus Orchestra draws on a regular player base of approximately thirty-five musicians, performing with style, élan and commitment.