The orchestra was formed in 1935 by a group of miners from the two villages of Easfield and Harthill.


The orchestra's repertoire consists of easy listening pieces, full orchestral overtures, other classical pieces and even the occasional piece of chart music. We participate in events such as the Biggar Little Festival, Glasgow Music Festival, the Scottish Amateur Flute Association competitions. We also aim to give back to our local community through concerts in nursing homes, churches etc.

In recent years. the orchestra has flourished under the conductorship of William Hilditch. In May 2017 Bryan Allan was appointed as our new conductor.


We are self funding through member contributions and via fund raising events. We also enjoy fantastic support from the local community and businesses.


The orchestra has stayed true to its mining roots and this is reflected in the name of its practice hall, Benhar Hall, after the former local colliery. The purchase of this hall was funded through events organised by members and through contributions from local individuals.


In addition, the orchestra wishes to gratefully acknowledge the grant funding received from the Scottish Coal Regeneration Fund, Lloyds TSB Community Fund and North Lanarkshire Council.