Pro Arte Orchestra
The Pro Arte Orchestra was founded as a limited company chaired by the double-bass player Eugene Cruft; directors also included Archie Camden and Antony English. The initial aim was to perform "the finest of the lighter classics in orchestral music". The first concert was given at the Royal Festival Hall on 21 October 1955 with a Rossini overture, Schubert's Unfinished, Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole and works by Strauss and Chabrier, conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent. Much of the work of the orchestra, however, was in the recording studio, particularly for the Pye-Nixa label.
In the early years other players in orchestra included Cecil Aronowitz, Francisco Gabarro, Richard Adeney, Peter Graeme, Gervase de Peyer, Raymond Cohen and Alan Civil. The last London performance advertised by the orchestra was in 1970.
- Albinoni, Marcello, Cimarosa: Oboe concertos (Evelyn Rothwell)
- Arnell: The Great Detective – ballet suite
- Bach: Concerto for four harpsichords
- Beethoven: Violin Concerto (David Oistrakh)
- Coates: Cinderella, London Bridge, The Enchanted Garden, By The Sleepy Lagoon, Footlights
- Gay: The Beggar's Opera
- Handel: Music For The Royal Fireworks, Concerto a due cori in F Major (No. 2)
- Herrmann: Wuthering Heights
- Janáček: Sinfonietta and opera preludes
- Piccinni: La Cecchina, ossia La buona figliuola
- Rawsthorne: Madame Chrysanthème – Ballet Suite, Street Corner Overture
- Sullivan-Mackerras: Pineapple Poll
- Sullivan: Iolanthe, The Gondoliers, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore, Patience, Ruddigore and The Yeomen of the Guard; overtures Cox & Box, The Sorcerer and Princess Ida.