Established in 2018, we’re a professional chamber orchestra featuring musicians who work in Britain and internationally but were either born and bred or currently live and work in Sussex.

The group takes its name from Stane Street, the Roman road that connected London to Chichester and is, metaphorically speaking, the same road our players often take on their way to work, in the main concert halls and recording studios of London. But there’s something very special about staying near home to play concerts to our friends and neighbours!

Amongst the group, there’s a huge range of experience – our musicians play in Britain’s top orchestras; in theatres (both on and under the stage); for film sessions; in gigs and sessions with jazz, folk, rock and pop bands; etc. etc. This diversity brings an added vibrancy to our performances. We also like to explore and develop connections with other performing artists and creatives in the area to shine a brighter light on the rich seam of musical activity that we have in Sussex.

Steve Dummer is a conductor, clarinetist, educator and all-round enthusiast for participation in music making at every level. He is musical director of Kidenza, a critically acclaimed professional orchestra giving concerts for children around the UK, founder and director of Talkestra, which tries to reach new audiences for concert music, conductor of the Horsham Symphony Orchestra, which, under Steve’s directorship, has become “one of the best community orchestras” in the UK, conductor of the Ensemble Reza‘s Community Orchestra, musical director of CoMA Sussex and a regular tutor and conductor at Dartington International Summer School.

As a clarinettist, he gives regular recitals and concerts throughout the UK and abroad and records for television and film. He has given world premieres of music written for him by many composers including Peter Copley, Paul Carr, Barry Mills and Patrick Harrex and has recorded a CD of the complete clarinet music by John Hawkins including the Clarinet Concerto with Stane Street Sinfonietta and conductor Holly Mathieson. He was a member of Juan Martin’s Flamenco Group featuring on the much-admired CD ‘Musica Alhambra’, a founder member of the zany jazz band Itchy Feet and now plays piano, clarinet, saxophone, melodica, rubber bread stick and composes and undertakes balloon modelling for the great Speakeasy Revival Orchestra