The National Symphony Orchestra Ghana was founded in 1959 by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of an independent Republic of Ghana. Therefore the orchestra is a government organisation with its own administration under control of the Commission on Culture.
When founding the orchestra, president Dr. Kwame Nkrumah wanted to establish European classical music in Ghana and Africa, but he also wanted to have a platform for publishing and performing Afro-classical music.
Members of the administration are: music director, deputy director, PR manager, secretary, accountant, technicians, security guides, cashier, custodians, security guards and representitives of the musicians.
At the moment the orchestra is made up of 46 musicians, from which 32 are full timers and 14 part timers:
8 violins I, 6 violins II, 5 violas, 5 violoncellos, 3 double basses
3 flutes, 1 oboe, 2 clarinettes, 1 bassoon, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, 2 french horns, 1 tuba
5 drummers and percussionists (african drums)
The orchetra is rehearsing at its premises in Accra near the sea shore, which has to be renovated urgently. Due to a lack of money by the state the musicians have to do other jobs in addition, so that most of them do not have enough time to prepare the rehearsals well.
Conducter of the orchestra was Mr. Kweku Acquaah-Harrison, who, as a part timer, rehearsed only 4 hours a week. In October 2002 Mr. Lahnor Adjartey Adjei has been appointed as music director. His aims are to rediscover Dr. Kwame Nkrumah`s ideas and to enhance the cultural scene in Ghana. These plans are a great challenge for him, also because of the bad financial situation. That is why at the moment he and the NSO Ghana community are trying to get sponsors in order to let Dr. Kwame Nkrumah`s come true.