The Bushey Symphony Orchestra began life in 1975 as an ad hoc group of local musicians calling themselves the 'Festival Orchestra'. Under the direction of David Pickett they gave three concerts, including one as part of the Bushey Festival in July 1975. The musicians, however, felt they wanted something more regular and so the BSO was formed.
The BSO started as an evening class under the auspices of Cassio College in Watford and in 1977 became independent with the support of Hertsmere Council. The BSO gave regular concerts at St Peter's Church, Bushey Heath, but when audiences began to grow in the 1990s, moved to Bushey Academy in the centre of Bushey Village.
Amazingly the BSO still has several members who took part in that very first concert! There have been only four conductors who have worked regularly with the BSO. David Pickett who founded the orchestra back in 1975, Philip White who conducted the orchestra from 1983 until 1985 and Simon Groves who was associate conductor with special responsibilities for children's concerts from 1985 until 1987. George Vass, the BSO's current music director, was appointed in 1985 and has covered a huge amount of repertoire with the orchestra.