Scarborough Spa Orchestra’s New Year’s Day concert to go ahead…at the SJT instead

Scarborough Spa Orchestra, assembled at their temporarily closed home in pre-Covid days, with musical director Paul Laidlaw, second from the right, back row. Picture: Tony Bartholomew

THE Legendary Scarborough Spa Orchestra In Concert or, rather, two concerts will mark the New Year’s arrival at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.

The ever-popular New Year’s Day concert by Great Britain’s last remaining professional seaside orchestra will go ahead this winter despite its usual venue, the Scarborough Spa, being temporarily closed. 

Instead, the orchestra will strike up in the Round at the SJT at 2pm and 5.30pm on January 1 2021, when the two performances will feature a programme of Spa Orchestra favourites, taking in songs from the shows, light orchestral pieces and a few Viennese waltzes. 

Paul Robinson, the SJT’s artistic director, says: “We’re absolutely delighted to be able to team up with our friends at Scarborough Spa to make sure this year’s New Year’s Day concert goes ahead. 

“We think it’s the first time a full orchestra, albeit a small one, has played in our Round. They will be playing to a socially distanced audience, so tickets will be very limited. Early booking is advised.” 

Rachel Nicholson, of Scarborough Spa, says: “We are very grateful to the Stephen Joseph Theatre for hosting the Spa Orchestra New Year’s Day concert while we are temporarily closed.

“I am sure everyone will enjoy their performance and we look forward to welcoming the audience back to the Spa as soon as it’s possible to reopen.”

Tickets, priced from £10, are available on 01723 370541 and online at