Community Orchestras and Bands
'Abergavenny Orchestral Society is one of the oldest amateur orchestras in the UK and we now perform under the title Abergavenny Symphony Orchestra. We are a community orchestra with members of all ages who come from a 40 mile radius. We play interesting programmes and enjoy our rehearsals which are focussed towards performing our 3 concerts per year as musically as possible.'
'The band was initially formed in partnership with Berkshire Maestros and the Bracknell Open Learning Centre. Our first rehearsal was 5th January 2008 and our first performance was on 27th April 2008. We have gone from strength to strength and we now number over 120 adults in 3 bands. We are keen amateur musicians aspiring to a high standard, but mainly do it for fun and to entertain others.'
'We play from early September until April. We perform two concerts; in early December and then again just before Easter ... We will always welcome new players, to help us develop our orchestral capabilities and repertoire. If you play, or used to play and would like to take it up again, please consider joining us ...'
'A multi-award winning open-access community orchestra based in the North of England. We welcome players of all standards to our weekly meetings at eight venues between the Scottish Borders and North Yorkshire, and to our programme of study days, residential courses and concerts throughout the region and as far afield as Italy and Hungary.'
'We are a full-range orchestra for adults that wish to "return" to playing after some time away from their instrument, however short or long. Ideally, new players are not expected to be complete beginners or professional/concert standard. Our repertoire is predominantly classical, both traditional and contemporary, and we perform at indoor venues throughout the year.'
'We are an amateur group which meets ... to play classical orchestral music for the personal pleasure of our members. However we do give occasional concerts to provide the opportunity to present the music which we have been studying in recent months. These are usually associated with orchestral days to which we invite other competent players, who are not able to attend on a regular basis. Though our performances may not achieve perfection, we hope that our enthusiasm and inclusivity may bring freshness and insight to the music.'
'An amateur classical orchestra drawing on the talents of musicians throughout Dorset. We play for the pleasure of making music as a group, advancing our abilities and encouraging newcomers. Our repertoire covers popular classical music, film music and music from the shows ... Concerts are held at the end of each term ... We are particularly keen to provide opportunities for talented young people to gain the experience and great pleasure that can be had from playing as a group and believe that making music in this way is one of the best team games.'
'Founded in November 1999 by a group led by ADeC (Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire), with the aim of becoming a beacon of excellence as East Cambridgeshire’s own community orchestra. Since then it has become one of the region’s best respected orchestras. Today, Ely Sinfonia is made up of players of all ages and from a wide range of backgrounds, including school and college students, business professionals, retired people and local music teachers. Its repertoire ranges from mainstream works to the contemporary, including special commissions ...' NOTE Website unavailable at Review; cf Facebook Page.
'Community-based organisation offering the opportunity for instrumentalists from all backgrounds and ages to join together and perform in an orchestra as well as giving the communities of Falkirk, Stirling and other parts of the Forth Valley a source of locally-sourced instrumental music. The orchestra plays two main concerts a year and contributes to a shared Christmas celebration with two choirs. In May, the Orchestra participates in the Tryst Festival, giving a concert that features a soloist, often one from the local area. In October, the Orchestra holds a charity concert, the proceeds of which are donated to a local charity.'
'We are a group of local musicians who have been coming together to share music making since January 2000. The Band is made up of a diverse group of people of all ages and musical experiences. We play a wide range of music from jazz, classical, contemporary, to music from shows and films. Suggestions for new music are always welcome – you can even sponsor pieces if you wish.'
'We study, rehearse and perform all kinds of orchestral music in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Our conductor is an experienced performer and ensemble coach. We give occasional concerts, for which admission is normally free. At these events we support a nominated charity by inviting our listeners to make a donation. A guest speaker gives a brief talk to raise awareness of the charity’s activities. Membership is open to all ages, and there are no auditions, though a standard of at least Grade 5 ABRSM is recommended. (Numbers may be limited in some sections in order to maintain a good orchestral balance.)
'We pride ourselves on being a friendly inclusive orchestra and we aim to play to the best of our musical ability in a friendly warm atmosphere. We are looking for new players to join us. Whatever you play, please get in touch - no audition is required (approx grade 6 and above).'
'A community orchestra serving the London Borough of Havering and surrounding areas. We exist to provide opportunities for local instrumentalists to practise and develop their musical skills, and to provide entertainment for members of the public. We have adult members of all ages, and endeavour to make our rehearsals and concerts approachable and friendly occasions. The orchestra works with local soloists wherever possible, and has a particular commitment to offering local young musicians solo performance opportunities. We have worked with several past winners of the Havering Young Musician of the Year Award.'
'Founded in 1875. From our early beginnings, we've offered musicians from Fife and beyond a chance to experience a variety of music styles, mix with people of similar interests and enjoy social events. Every year, the society strives to produce a rich programme of concerts around Fife, allowing music lovers to experience a live orchestra ... There are varied levels of competency within the orchestra with the age group stretching from 13 to 80 years old. Some have played professionally in the past and still do, others play for fun or simply to improve their playing ability.'
'A community orchestra since 1954 ... We are a friendly amateur orchestra ... We cater mostly for adult players but welcome younger ones, including those with little or no orchestral experience. The music we play is from the standard classical repertoire ... There is a great deal of information available on the website, including scans of all our concert programme sheets since 1994, a list of all players who have played in our orchestra during that time, and a list of all the works performed ...'
'Aims to encourage the playing of music in the community. Membership is open to players of all ages and all abilities ... We give two major concerts each year plus additional performances around Christmas time.' Note Website unavailable at Review; cf Facebook Site.
'Formed on 28 April 2011. We wanted somewhere for local musicians to come and enjoy playing together, without the pressure and minimum standard often required by other amateur classical ensembles ... The main thing to say is that we are not high brow, we are inclusive and it's okay to make mistakes at London People's Orchestra - that's the way we learn. New players sometimes find themselves sitting with a novice on one side and a seasoned professional musician on the other. Everyone is friendly and encouraging and that's the way we like it. If you enjoy playing a varied mix of music and you want to learn and develop, whatever your starting point, we would love to be able to help you through London People's Orchestra.'
'Luton Symphony Orchestra is a valuable part of the local community. For playing members, it's a way to make high-quality music with friends every week during the rehearsal period. For our audience, it's live orchestral music performed in easily-accessible local venues, by talented local musicians. We believe that keeping music alive in our community is vital ... We currently give three concerts a year - two of the traditional "overture, concerto, symphony" format and one lighter programme in the summer concert. Where necessary, we augment our regular forces with extra brass and percussion players.'
'Formed in 1992 by a group of enthusiastic players in the orchestra pit at Melton Operatic shows, and their desire to continue playing between performances ... We are a small group of both experienced and not so experienced players, currently comprising about eleven string and fourteen wind and brass players ... We are becoming more popular and are being asked to perform for a variety of events, such as fund raising for churches and charities, and performing for local events ... We aim to have fun as well as try to improve and to provide an environment in which people are encouraged to "have a go". We also socialise as a group and often have a celebratory meal after concerts!'
'Multi-Story is a project that brings classical music to unexpected places, run by composer Kate Whitley and conductor Christopher Stark ... It has been resident orchestra at Bold Tendencies in a multi-storey Car Park in Peckham, London since 2011 ... The Orchestra has been broadcast by Sky TV and Channel 4, and featured in BBC 4’s 2013 documentary "The Sound and the Fury", and in 2015 and 2016 Multi-Story was shortlisted for an RPS award for an outstanding initiative to engage audiences with classical music.'
'Consists of amateur players from around the Three Choirs counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Membership encompasses a wide range of playing abilities and ages. This friendly orchestra is currently growing in terms of both membership and repertoire and presents highly successful and enjoyable concerts and events at local venues.'
'An enthusiastic amateur orchestra with members of all ages. We strive to provide a balance between fun and informality whilst also embracing the desire to improve each individuals’ skills and talents and to be able to perform as a coherent and confident orchestra that all are proud to be a part of. For the last 100 years, the orchestra has served Newport and the surrounding areas with public and private concerts and events.'
'Started in September 2011 and is based in Pateley Bridge. We welcome players of all instruments and all ages. Some of our members have dusted instruments off after many years of hibernation, others have just begun. We have lots of fun playing together, please think about joining us ...'
'Consists of local musicians who play classical music concerts in south Leicester ... Musically, it has always been an important feature of the Civic Orchestra’s programmes to perform a really wide-ranging choice of music. Each season the repertoire includes established masterpieces, new works and popular programmes such as Viennese and "Prom" concerts. It is hoped to continue performing a similarly eclectic repertoire in future events.'
This Concert Band 'has 50+ players of all ages and abilities and welcomes new members particularly younger players .... We play a wide range of music from simple but fun pieces, to challenging classical scores. Whatever your style we are bound to have a piece you enjoy playing. Many younger players have developed their abilities whilst playing in the band and have gone on to study music in higher education and achieve very high standards. We play at various venues throughout the year culminating in our annual concert'.
'Formed in 1999 ... Our members include children and adults with an age range of over 70 years! Some are learning to play, some have dusted off an old instrument from the attic and others are very able musicians keen to pass on their skills. Our repertoire is mixed including classical, film themes, musicals, pop and rock scores, folk and jazz. Apart from having a great deal of fun playing as an ensemble, we enjoy taking part in local community events such as fêtes, charity concerts and festivals ... If playing isn’t your thing but you enjoy listening to good live music in a friendly atmosphere, please come along to any of our local concerts where we would love to see you.'
'We are a friendly, very informal amateur orchestra that meets on Saturday mornings from 10:00am - 12:15pm to enjoy playing classical music. All ages and abilities are welcome. Music is arranged to suit ability with help and encouragement given by the more experienced musicians. We hold three concerts a year for family and friends with the Easter concert in aid of an agreed charity.'
'Set up in January 2012 to provide an opportunity for people to come along and play music together and hopefully make a reasonable sound! We are open to all abilities; some people are just learning a musical instrument while others are experienced players who have not picked up their instruments for a long while. The emphasis is on having fun ...'
'Amateur orchestra, the members of which come from the Isle of Skye and in Lochalsh. Thus it serves a area of about 1000 sq. miles, with a population of only 13,000 ... There are two concerts a year ... Membership of the orchestra is open to anyone who can play an orchestral instrument from grade 4 and above and new members are welcome. (Difficult parts can usually be edited to suit the player, if necessary.) ... There is also a Skye & Lochalsh Schools' Orchestra the members of which are drawn from the area's primary and secondary schools, and some of these talented young players also play in the main orchestra.'
'A welcoming and friendly group that enjoys taking on the challenge of a lively and varied repertoire. Our members span an age range from under 18 to over 80. The orchestra began life as an evening class in Solihull, moving to its independent status in 1990 ... In January 2005, the orchestra changed its name from Knowle Sinfonia to the Solihull Symphony Orchestra ... with at least three concert performances each year. In addition our annual Rising Stars concert provides an opportunity for talented young local musicians to perform with the orchestra.'
'The Orchestra gives at least two concerts each year. Repertoire includes both traditional works from the concert platform and newer or more unusual works, including many premières. The ethos is "music making for fun" and the atmosphere friendly and welcoming. If you play an orchestral instrument, or even if you just like orchestral music, ... find out who we are, what we play and how to join us!'
'Synchordia Ensemble is a community group aimed at anyone who wishes to play in a musical ensemble, at whatever playing standard and on any instrument. Synchordia Singers is a community choir for everyone who enjoys singing together. No experience is necessary, or any ability to read music, and all resources will be supplied.'
'The Tebay group was the second Cobweb group to be formed, and has nurtured the playing of amateur musicians over many years. In the true Cobweb tradition, we welcome players of all abilities who love to play a wide range of orchestral music together. Tebay is just off junction 38 of the M6 and so is very easily accessible from all directions, and we attract players from South and Central Lakeland, Penrith, the Lune Valley and the Sedbergh area.'
'A few years ago we celebrated our 150th anniversary but our focus is very much on the future ... We normally perform three concerts per year, covering a range of classical music from the 17th to the 21st century. Our emphasis is above all on enjoying making music together in the local community.'
'Our organisation consists of diverse mix of talented musicians from varied backgrounds, ages (18-75), employees, board members, and volunteers who all come together with the aim of creating and facilitating the playing and performing of shows across venues in the midlands. Our Primary objective is to advance, improve and develop an appreciation for the arts and music through the means of public concerts. We achieve this by creating and performing many shows throughout the year for public benefit, having built a successful reputation with the local and wider communities.'
'We are an all age concert band who have been playing together since February 2014 and would love it if you could join us. We welcome players of all ages and standards, to encourage inter-generational opportunities within our community. If you are bored playing by yourself and want to share your experience with others be sure to come along. The music we play (with a little practice) suits people of grade 1 to 3 standard and is interesting enough to keep more experienced players happy. Our bandmaster wants to encourage anyone to join us; even if lacking in confidence we always say "as long as you play the first and last note, we're happy!"'
'Local orchestra for all ages, including children above 9 years old, young people and adults, who meet to learn a wide range of music and perform together in the community. Anyone who plays a musical instrument is welcome to come and perform with us, whatever the standard. Currently, the orchestra contains recorders, guitars, keyboards,and saxophones as well as the more traditional orchestral instruments of violins, brass, woodwind and percussion. We welcome players of any grade or ability, but the orchestra is designed for those under grade 5.'
'We are a friendly group of amateur musicians who enjoy making music together and performing at concerts and small music gatherings. As a community orchestra, we pride ourselves on being an open admission orchestra. We welcome all players irrespective of their experience, age or proficiency. Our members span a wide age range and as musicians include those, who have never played in an orchestra before, to more experienced players who enjoy playing in an orchestra and give valuable support and encouragement to other less proficient players.'
'Created in early 2006 in order to bring the greatest music ever written to this beautiful part of Britain, and to give local talented musicians the sorely needed opportunities to play it. We manage to exist entirely without any financial support from public bodies.'
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