ORCHESTRAS and their conductors are the theme of today’s Timeout.

Jan Cervanka was a well-known conductor in Sussex.

He was born in London of Czech parents and trained at the Royal College of Music, the University of London and the Musik-Hochschule in Berlin.

Jan held the position of full-time music director for Worthing Borough Council, the only post of its kind in the country.

As such, he was responsible for the administration and conducting of all council-sponsored concerts.

He was conductor and musical director of the Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra from 1968 to 1996, and conductor of the Worthing Symphony Orchestra from 1978.

The Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra is pictured here rehearsing in 1975.

Under his and John Gibbons’ leadership, Worthing Symphony Orchestra has become a leading symphony orchestra in the region.

Also pictured here are various other orchestras in the 1970s and 1990s, including the West Sussex Youth Orchestra, Boundstone Orchestra and Steyning Orchestra.

Young violinist Robert Bowley is pictured rehearsing for the West Sussex Youth Orchestra in the 90s.

Another young violinist, Eric Hanson, is shown here playing his instrument in Steyning Orchestra, again in the 1990s.

Also pictured here is Aeden Kerney, conductor for Boundstone Orchestra.

Aeden was made an MBE in 2004 for his work developing music at Boundstone, and is currently musical director of Worthing Choral Society.

He has been organist and choirmaster at St Michael and all Angels Church in South Lancing since 1970.

Do you remember any of these orchestras? If you do, get in touch.