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www.aberdeensinfonietta.com

'Founded in 1987, originally as a small group of strings and harpsichord. In 1997, at a time when the group was beginning to feel the need to expand its musical repertoire, they were given the exciting opportunity to expand considerably in order to perform as a chamber orchestra in the Music Hall with Roger Williams as conductor, and with the brilliant Russian pianist Mikhail Kazakevich as soloist. Since then Aberdeen Sinfonietta has established itself as one of the foremost contributors to music-making in the north-east.'

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www.aam.co.uk

‘Founded in 1973 by Christopher Hogwood, under whose leadership the orchestra developed a global reputation for inspirational music-making which continues today. The AAM performs baroque and classical music on period instruments, taking inspiration from the distinctive sound-worlds composers of those ages might have known. Founded on a combination of academic research and superb musicianship, the AAM’s performances have been acclaimed for their vitality and intimacy.’

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www.asmf.org

‘One of the world’s premier chamber orchestras, renowned for its fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s most-loved classical music. Formed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 from a group of leading London musicians, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake church in November 1959.’

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www.academyofstolaves.org.uk

'Performs three concerts each year. The orchestra does not rehearse on a weekly basis – six intensive rehearsals are scheduled over a 2 week period prior to each concert.'

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www.amadeuschamberorchestra.org.uk

'Amadeus has performed in and around St Albans for 40 years, establishing itself as the leading chamber orchestra in the area ... Players from the area, including many music teachers as well as talented amateurs, meet several times throughout the year, giving their services free in order to make music together. The orchestra varies in size from 25 to 50 players, depending on the repertoire being performed.'

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www.auroraorchestra.com

'Above all, Aurora is about bringing the richest musical experiences to the broadest possible audience. We’re constantly searching for new ways to heighten engagement with music and help audiences get under the skin of great works: whether by performing whole symphonies from memory, collaborating with dancers or circus performers, commissioning film, combining chamber music with story-telling for children, or simply presenting viscerally powerful chamber orchestra performances in intimate settings. The common thread which links all of this work is simple: great music, brilliantly performed.'

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www.ballymenachamberorchestra.co.uk

'BCO is a charitable organization that exists to promote classical music through concerts, festivals, schools programmes and workshops. The Orchestra consists of musicians from Ballymena and across Northern Ireland: professional musicians, teachers and advanced students, and welcomes applications for new membership. The orchestra is supported by a voluntary committee which oversees all aspects of orchestra life and development.'

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www.beauchampsinfonietta.org.uk

‘A “by invitation” chamber orchestra based in Leamington Spa. Players are drawn from throughout Warwickshire and beyond. Many players are music teachers, others follow a range of careers and enjoy performing music as a recreational activity. Concerts take place in October, January and April ... Professional soloists are engaged to perform concertos with the orchestra ... The orchestra also accompanies choral societies and plays for festival and “Prom” concerts.’

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www.belsizebaroque.org.uk

'One of the leading amateur baroque orchestras. It comprises young professionals, students, and top amateur baroque players from London and elsewhere. The orchestra performs on period instruments in an historically informed style. It collaborates regularly with leading baroque directors to give orchestral performances, and works on baroque and classical repertoire with choral groups.'

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www.boltonchamberorchestra.co.uk

'An amateur orchestra that has been performing in Bolton for over 50 years. We perform three concerts a year in and around the Bolton Area.'

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www.brittensinfonia.com

'One of the world’s most celebrated and pioneering ensembles. The orchestra is acclaimed for its virtuoso musicianship, an inspired approach to concert programming which makes bold, intelligent connections across 400 years of repertoire, and a versatility that is second to none. Britten Sinfonia breaks the mould by not having a principal conductor or director, instead choosing to collaborate with a range of the finest international guest artists from across the musical spectrum, resulting in performances of rare insight and energy.'

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cheshiresinfonia.wikidot.com

'Formed in May 2005 with the intention of providing excellence in music making for players and audiences alike. The orchestra comes together for a brief but intensive period of preparation before each concert and players join by invitation or audition on a concert by concert basis. This flexibility enables the orchestra to attract the best available players for each concert. Over the course of twelve years, Cheshire Sinfonia has attracted widespread acclaim for its quality of ensemble, blend and the sheer freshness and exuberance of its performances. In addition to its own season of concerts, Cheshire Sinfonia collaborates in performances with its sister organisation, the chamber choir CHORALE, and has accompanied a number of the region’s choral societies.'

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chester-sinfonia.webnode.com//

‘Are you interested in joining a group of musicians who meet once a fortnight in Barrow? Chester Sinfonia has a mix of amateurs and professionals. The orchestra meets fortnightly ... We play symphonies and other works by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Faure, Elgar, Dvorak and Mendelssohn, etc. We aim to give two concerts a year with a professional soloist ... Players need to be of a minimum standard around grade 6/7. There is no audition. Just turn up and give it a go !‘

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cityoflondonsinfonia.co.uk

‘The orchestral home to over 40 outstanding professional musicians, who come together in the shared belief that music has the power to transform people across all areas of society. We give over 75 performances every year anywhere from an East London club to international concert halls, cathedrals and opera houses, or communities who because of location or opportunity would not otherwise experience outstanding professional music-making. We spend over 150 days every year in schools where social background often creates a barrier to creativity and ambition, hospitals for young people with severe and challenging conditions, and with older people dealing with loss of loved ones and memory. We place equal value and bring the same approach to everything we do: the highest quality; a distinctive, “seriously informal” style of performance that removes the barriers between musicians and audiences so that people can experience the transformative power of music; and a warmth of music-making that is created through our musicians sharing a wider range of experiences together beyond the concert platform ...’

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stevetshaw.wixsite.com/cleddauorchestra

Pembrokeshire’s Only True Amateur Orchestra ‘We are a group of enthusiastic, keen musicians that enjoy to play and perform music in a relaxed, social atmosphere. We are always seeking new members to help us create a great, local orchestra. Our musical genre is typically classical but we have been known to perform folk and even funk! IF you are a musician that needs to meet like minded people, come and join our “band”.’

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clevelandchamberorchestra.co.uk

'Founded by Tim Jackson in 1981. It now enjoys a reputation as one of the best non-professional ensembles in the North-East and performs a wide variety of music in venues across Teesside and North Yorkshire.'

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www.dorsetchamberorchestra.org

‘Based in Dorchester, our players are drawn from all parts of Dorset, and beyond. We offer high quality performances of a wide range of classical music in a part of the County not regularly visited by full time professional orchestras. One of the orchestra’s main aims, championed by our founder and Music Director Emeritus Robert Jacoby, has always been to support the careers of young professional soloists. We have been privileged to provide a concerto platform for more than 80 young musicians over the past 30 years, some of whom are pursuing distinguished professional careers ...’

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www.eso.co.uk

‘The Worcestershire-based ESO was founded by William Boughton as the English String Orchestra in 1978. It soon formed a reputation for performances of English music and made many recordings. For full orchestral repertoire, ESO grew to become the English Symphony Orchestra. Ever since then, “ESO” has served as an acronym with a dual meaning. The idea of ESO is to share the joys of live music with as wide a population as possible. Our typical concert programme will features performances by the Symphony and String Orchestras, and a variety of chamber ensembles, in locations around the West Midlands, Three Counties, Shropshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, plus invitations to appear elsewhere for festivals or in residence.’

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www.harrogatephilharmonicorchestra.org.uk

'Semi-professional chamber orchestra, giving three concerts each year and accompanying choral societies around the area.'

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www.havantorchestras.org.uk

‘The Havant Orchestras are the Havant Symphony Orchestra and Havant Chamber Orchestra. Both orchestras are made up of a mix of professional and gifted amateur players. The orchestras perform 6 main concerts a year (3 each), at Oaklands School in Waterlooville and Ferneham Hall in Fareham, and also perform at additional venues including Hayling Island.‘

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herefordstringorchestra.co.uk

'Founded in September 1958 as an advanced strings evening class. It quickly became established as an independent orchestra, and today it is the only regular adult orchestra in Herefordshire ... Although initially founded as a string group, it quickly developed a pattern of concerts including wind, brass and percussion players and sometimes choral groups.'

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www.hertfordshirechamberorchestra.org.uk

‘HCO is an amateur orchestra of a very high standard. Each performance is led by an experienced professional player, and the orchestra works with a diverse range of distinguished guest conductors and directors. We promote our own concerts three times a year, each of which is prepared intensively over a residential rehearsal weekend. We also accompany choral societies.’

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www.iscaensemble.org.uk

'The full Ensemble comprises of over 60 experienced amateur and some former professional players drawn from the South West of England. The orchestra rehearses in the centre of Exeter on Sunday afternoons leading to the presentation of a series of classical concerts each year. National and international soloists often feature in concerts that frequently take place in Sidmouth Parish Church, Devon. This beautifully renovated church near the famous Victorian seafront has fine acoustics and accommodates a large audience.'

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www.kewsinfonia.org.uk

'Brings together professional and talented amateur musicians to perform orchestral chamber music in the local community. Our repertoire comprises popular masterworks as well as great but lesser known compositions from the 18th century to the present day. We aim to give a platform to the best of young soloists ...'

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www.tkfo.co.uk

‘The Kidderminster Festival Orchestra, a professional group of some 25 to 35 performers, has been formed with the intention of filling the “high cultural” void in the area of North Worcestershire, South Staffordshire and Shropshire. Given time to establish a reputation as a quality chamber orchestra, it is hoped that TKFO will also work further afield ... Now that it has been established that the Arts Council will be unable to assist with this project, the town has been taking matters into their own hands to establish an independent approach to the core funding for TKFO. As a result the “Friends of the TKFO” will be undertaking various fund raising projects to get the infrastructure of the orchestra onto a secure footing ... Kidderminster is the first provincial town in the Midlands to have, as a part of its musical culture, a fully professional orchestra.’ Inaugural Concert 4 November 2017.

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kingfishersinfonietta.co.uk

‘The Kingfisher Sinfonietta was founded in 2011 by its Leader/Director Beth Spendlove. In a short but very busy time, it has become a much respected orchestra, performing to high professional standards in a variety of venues across Suffolk and Essex. As well as some of the best orchestral musicians in East Anglia, the KFS occasionally helps young musicians to experience and gain confidence in orchestral playing. Soloists are drawn from the profession and from principal players within the orchestra ... Together with the Kingfisher Ensemble, audiences can enjoy our programmes of music for duo, trio, quartet - up to large-scale orchestral works requiring 40-50 players! We delight in supporting a number of important choral societies in small and large-scale works and also performing works by living composers ... Ensemble concerts are usually held at Lion Walk Church in Colchester ... Sinfonietta concerts are held at a variety of venues in East Anglia.’

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www.lancashirechamber.co.uk

‘One of the North West’s leading amateur orchestras. It has a strong core of talented string players which is supplemented with woodwind, brass and percussion players, as needed. The orchestra performs its own concerts about three times a year ... It also teams up with some of the region’s top choral societies to perform the great classical choral works ...’

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leamingtonchamberorchestra.wordpress.com

'An exceptional orchestra performing in Leamington Spa. Concerts are held 3 times a year at the Town Hall, Leamington Spa.'

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letchworth-sinfonia.webs.com

‘We are a friendly and popular amateur chamber orchestra ... Performances take place each January and June, and we are always on the look out to grow our forces ... Can you help Letchworth Sinfonia? From putting up posters, to graphic design and social media, there are lots of ways you might be able to help us. Please visit our joining in page ...’

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www.livemozart.com

'Has been giving concerts on Merseyside since its foundation in 1951, providing a platform for emergent and established professional soloists and conductors. The orchestra performs a wide range of music from the baroque, classical and contemporary repertoire, making a significant contribution to the rich cultural life of the Northwest.'

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www.lco.co.uk

‘London is a city blessed with more fine professional orchestras than any other city in the world. What’s different about the London Chamber Orchestra? Our difference is founded on independence – LCO does not seek or receive public subsidy. Our independence helps us foster the unique personality and character with which our performances are infused. We depend for our existence on the enthusiasm of our audiences and on the support of a long line of distinguished and enlightened corporate and individual sponsors and donors ... Having been founded in 1921, it is the UK’s oldest professional chamber orchestra.’

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londonmozartplayers.com

‘Founded in 1949 by Harry Blech, London Mozart Players is the UK's longest established chamber orchestra. Known for its unmistakable British roots, the orchestra has developed an outstanding reputation for adventurous, ambitious programming. From Baroque through to genre-crossing contemporary music, London Mozart Players is constantly exploring new venues and audiences through collaborations with artists and personalities from all over the creative scene.’

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www.manchestercamerata.co.uk

‘Collaborating with some of the world’s most exceptional artists, Manchester Camerata is always looking to create immersive experiences that bring audiences and participants even closer to the music. Wherever there’s sound to be found, you might find the orchestra between Beethoven and The Beatles, the concert hall or even the car park ... We are nimble and exciting ... Whether we perform to 3,000 people at The Bridgewater Hall or create and share experiences through music to a group of dementia patients and their carers, we use the inspirational power of live music to make a profound change to people's lives.’

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www.meadowsorchestra.org.uk

‘Has performed regularly and with critical acclaim to audiences in Edinburgh and beyond. A tradition of imaginative programming and exciting performances has given the Orchestra a unique place in Scottish musical life ... The Orchestra normally promotes three or four concerts a year in Edinburgh - typically in late October, early December, March and May.'

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www.midsussexsinfonia.org.uk

'Well-established amateur orchestra, drawing on the services of players from all parts of Sussex and beyond. Most of its concerts are given in Clair Hall in Haywards Heath although occasionally other venues throughout Sussex are used and the orchestra often supports other musical groups.'

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www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk

We are a professional orchestra based in Worcestershire: ‘During 1995 Nigel Morley, a well known and respected local figure in music circles, founded The Midland Sinfonia. Nigel’s dream was to bring live professional classical music to the people of Alvechurch in north Worcestershire, the Midlands and further afield ... During 2003, TMS became a registered charity with an elected Board of Trustees. The Board invited sponsors and patrons to support the orchestra financially and it is entirely due to their generosity that The Midland Sinfonia can offer such a high quality programme each season. We cannot emphasise too much the importance of our kind supporters, particularly The Elmley Foundation, without whom it would not have been possible to continue ...’

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www.ncorch.co.uk

'The Northern Chamber Orchestra (NCO) has come a long way since it was set up in 1967. It now presents a successful, annual series of eight concerts at the Heritage Centre in Macclesfield, which attracts top-flight soloists ... The NCO is the " orchestra in residence" at Buxton Festival, playing for its main opera productions, and now regularly gives orchestral concerts at Buxton Opera House / the Pavilion Arts Centre. The orchestra also performs across the North of England and is regularly included in Orchestras Live programmes across rural areas, including the Lake District. The members of the orchestra (approximately twenty in total) are distinguished chamber musicians who regularly appear as soloists.'

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www.oae.co.uk

‘Not all orchestras are the same ... Ok, it’s a not very snappy name, so we tend to call ourselves the OAE. The OAE is probably one of the top “period instruments” Orchestras in the world. What does this mean? Well, over the years instruments and techniques have changed. We try to be authentic, by using instruments and playing styles similar to those the composer would have been familiar with. You get to hear what Vivaldi actually wrote, not a modern version of it. You might be wondering what difference this makes to the actual sound. Well, it tends to be a more edgy sound than polished modern orchestras. It’s a gutsy and definitely a less “polite” sound. Plus the OAE is well known for its sheer enthusiasm for music, which comes across at every performance ...’

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www.orchestraoftheswan.org

Formed 1995: 'The orchestra gives over 40 concerts annually and is increasing its overseas touring ... OOTS is a major champion of new music and has premiered over 70 new works by established composers and emerging talent including Joe Cutler, Tansy Davies, Joe Duddell, Alexander Goehr, John Joubert, Roxanna Panufnik, Paul Patterson, Joseph Phibbs, Julian Philips, Dobrinka Tabakova, Errollyn Wallen, John Woolrich and many others. Recordings of new work include Philip Sawyers Symphonies, works for trumpet and orchestra by John McCabe, Robert Saxton and Deborah Pritchard and joint commissions with Kyo-Shin-An Arts of new work for koto, shakuhachi and chamber orchestra'.

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www.otleychamberorchestra.com

'Founded in 2009 by a small group of keen local musicians who wanted to provide an opportunity for themselves and others to enjoy orchestral music-making. We have now grown to a group of 40 – 50 committed players who meet fortnightly ... The emphasis is on enjoying playing the Classical and early Romantic repertoire,and also some early 20th century works. Once a year we give a public concert ...'

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www.paddockorchestra.org

‘We are a well established amateur orchestra that performs at least three public concerts a year in the Huddersfield area.’

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www.peeblesorchestra.org.uk

'Founded in 1976 and plays an important part in the cultural life of the area. The Orchestra is essentially a chamber orchestra with strings, double woodwind, horns and trumpets. It's a community group and we welcome all interested players. Though we rehearse seriously, aiming for a high level of performance, our rehearsals are fun and enjoyed by all. Peebles Youth and Community Orchestra is the beginners' section of Peebles Orchestra. We are looking for adult beginners and young people of all ages to join PYCO.'

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www.prometheusorchestra.co.uk

'Founded in 2008, draws on a pool of talented musicians based in Suffolk and environs, and performs core classical repertoire at accessible venues in East Anglia.'

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www.salechamberorchestra.co.uk

‘Formed in April 1978 by the late John Walker-Jones, assistant principal viola in the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. It draws members from all over Greater Manchester and the North West and always welcomes new players.’

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www.sco.org.uk

’The internationally celebrated Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) is made up of a unique collection of talented musicians who inspire and connect with people of all ages. We aim to provide as many opportunities as possible for people to hear live orchestral music by touring the length and breadth of Scotland ... SCO Connect inspires and supports creativity throughout Scotland’s communities. Our extensive and imaginative programme enables people of all ages and abilities to engage with the music and the musicians of the SCO. Projects and events range from family days and concerts for babies and toddlers to creative composition and performance workshops for schools, universities and colleges. We also run weekend study days, music-making weekends for adults and long-term projects in healthcare settings.’

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sheffield-chamber-orchestra.org.uk

‘Formed in 1950 and is a small classical orchestra of around 40 musicians, comprising of woodwind, horns, trumpets and percussion, in addition to the usual complement of strings. This core orchestra is supplemented by additional instruments, such as trombones, as required ... Each year the orchestra gives three concerts in Sheffield ... Our concert programme usually includes a concerto and it is the orchestra’s policy to work with and provide a performance opportunity for young professional musicians who are just starting out in their careers as concert soloists. The relatively small size of our orchestra enables us to be adventurous with our wide-ranging and innovative repertoire from the baroque to the present day ... We don’t normally hold auditions, but a minimum playing standard equivalent to Grade 8 is expected.’

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sinfoniacymru.co.uk

'The orchestra provides early employment opportunities to young musicians, including talented recent graduates as well as the most promising musicians still in full-time study. Sinfonia Cymru alumni have moved on to successful careers in many of the top professional symphony, chamber, opera and ballet orchestras in the UK and worldwide.'

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sinfoniaverdi.org

’Founded in 1990, Sinfonia Verdi gives vibrant and relevant concerts, workshops and events both in the community and for the corporate sector. Based in Luton ... the orchestra has strong local roots. We are particularly lucky that some of the finest instrumentalists in the world happen to live in this region ... Ultimately Sinfonia Verdi’s choice of modern instruments, period instruments or a combination (usually modern strings/wind with period brass and timpani) depends on the occasion and the size and acoustics of the venue. We became “the world’s most flexible orchestra” because we are all convinced that the process of reaching an audience is the same whatever tools you use – but if you have the choice, the selection of the most appropriate tools for each occasion can be extremely helpful!‘

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sgco.co.uk

'Beckenham’s professional chamber orchestra resident at St. George’s Church ... The orchestra is drawn from an extraordinarily talented, experienced and versatile pool of musicians, a large number of whom are past winners of prestigious awards and musical competitions in the UK and elsewhere. Many either are or have been members of the leading London orchestras and a significant number are principals in those orchestras. Many others are members of Britain’s best known chamber ensembles.'

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www.stpaulssinfonia.com

‘Chamber orchestra based in Greenwich, London. Great concerts every month, fantastic audiences, virtuoso players ... what's not to like?’

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www.tkcworld.org

‘One of the world's leading period instrument orchestras and choirs ... Founded in 1980 by Robert King, The King's Consort and its equally renowned Choir of The King's Consort have toured in five continents and appeared in almost every European country, in Japan, Hong Kong and the Far East, as well as North and South America. With more than one hundred CDs in the catalogue, selling in excess of one and a half million copies, The King's Consort is one of the world's most-recorded historical instrument orchestras.’

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trinitycamerata.org

'A small, high quality amateur orchestra based in north Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire ... We have developed a fine reputation for our performances of Classical, Baroque and early Romantic music - with occasional ventures into the 20th or 21st century. Ideally suited to smaller-scale orchestral works, we also enjoy airing music that tends to be neglected by larger ensembles - like serenades, octets and decets. We strive to make our programmes both enjoyable to play and to listen to, and warmly welcome children of all ages, whose enthusiasm we warmly support.'

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waveneysinfonia.org.uk

‘Formed in 1978 and was the brainchild of Richard Featherstone. The aim was to give Waveney (a district in Suffolk, UK) an orchestra and to provide an opportunity for local young people to play with more mature musicians in an orchestra under a professional baton. The orchestra is based in Lowestoft and performs three times yearly (October, January and June).’

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