Marchwood Orchestra originally started as a group of enthusiastic, amateur musicians who originally performed and accompanied services at St John’s Church, Marchwood, almost 30 years ago. Musicians performed both solo and ensemble pieces for their first concert under the baton of Reg Martin. Since then the orchestra has grown significantly and moved to Marchwood Village Hall. Widening its field along the way the orchestra has performed concerts in various venues in and around Hampshire including churches, schools, village halls and at fetes.
In 2014 the group evolved and took the name of Marchwood Orchestras becoming an umbrella organisation for its two then current groups Marchwood Orchestra and Marchwood Prelude Orchestra.
The group continued to evolve and in 2017 reverted to two separate organisations, Marchwood Orchestra and Marchwood Prelude.