Sutton Coldfield Chamber Orchestra was established in 1975 by musicians in the Sutton Coldfield area who wanted to play together. Since then, the orchestra has grown to approximately fifty regular members and became Sutton Coldfield Orchestra to reflect its size. In October 2015 the orchestra celebrated its 40th Anniversary, with a celebratory dinner and a special concert.
The membership has varied in its 42 year history, with some original members still playing with the group. However, in recent we have also seen a steady increase of newer members - and more recently younger members.
In 2015 the RSCO Youth Orchestra was taken over as its youth ensemble. Our Youth Orchestra originated from the Four Oaks Cluster Orchestra. This was made up primarily of young people from the ‘cluster’ schools in the Four Oaks area. This membership has now widened to schools beyond the cluster.