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alsagerlightorchestra.co.uk

'Founded in 2005 ... Players come from Alsager and the surrounding communities and have continued to grow in numbers! Run under the umbrella of U3A, members meet ... to explore a wide repertoire of 20th century music from major films and the great stage shows. South Pacific – Oklahoma etc. The orchestra arranges occasional concerts to showcase its achievements, supporting local charities in the process.'

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www.andoverlightorchestra.co.uk

'Our line-up includes all the usual orchestral instruments, plus some band instruments such as saxophones which help to create our unique ALO sound. We play a variety of music: light classics, music from the shows, film music, folk songs and dances, extracts from the romantic classics, and many others ... We aim to to enjoy ourselves making music, practising instrument technique, and improving our musicianship and sight-reading by playing together with others.'

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www.bbc.co.uk/concertorchestra

‘There are orchestras who will tell you that they were born to play Beethoven. And there are ensembles that mix it with modern music. But there’s nothing quite like the BBC Concert Orchestra. “Versatility” and “flexibility” are BBC Concert Orchestra’s bywords ... You’ll hear us on the world’s longest-running live orchestral music programme, BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night ... Over on BBC Radio 3 we search out the unusual and quirky, profile classical masterpieces and never forget to entertain ... And what about the world’s largest classical music festival, the BBC Proms? We are there every summer, both in the Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park for the party that is Proms in the Park. The BBC CO loves to get out and about in the UK ...’

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bbcecb.weebly.com

‘A 50 piece concert band specialising in film and show music and big band which rehearses at BBC Maida Vale and plays in and around Central London and Elstree and Borehamwood ... Founded by flautist Ian Marshall and gave its first public concert at the BBC’s Elstree Studios in July 1986 ... We play a high standard of music from a wide range of classical and contemporary pieces, with a focus on film and show music ... We have played at a wide range of venues in and around London, including the Elstree and Maida Vale Studios, St James’s Church Piccadilly, Millfield Theatre, Allum Hall, St John Waterloo and Dorchester Abbey. We have also given concerts further afield in France and Germany. The Band’s performances have been broadcast nationally as well as internationally through the BBC World Service.’

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clactonconcertorchestra.com

‘Founded in 1966 and gives some four or five concerts a year in the Tendring area, performing a wide range of music to suit all tastes from classical and light orchestral music to selections from popular musicals. The Orchestra places great emphasis on young people and has provided a platform for several young players over the years, some giving solo performances with the Orchestra and others being welcomed as occasional players or as members of the Orchestra.'

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www.communitylightorchestra.co.uk

‘Orchestra of around 70 amateur and semi-professional musicians who meet ... every Tuesday morning during school term times. We perform concerts of “light classical” and popular music in aid of charities ... We expect members to attend rehearsals and to participate in our Saturday evening concerts (normally three per year).’

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www.exmouthlightorchestra.co.uk

Started September 2011: ‘It has grown beyond 40-strong and comprises players of all abilities and ages ... Rehearses weekly on a Friday morning ... A second orchestra rehearses on Saturday mornings in term time and has been in full swing since September 2012; it has all the players one would find in a symphony orchestra, including brass, french horns and percussion. Again we accommodate all ages and abilities. This orchestra too has grown beyond the 40-strong mark and is still expanding. In 2016, both orchestras became fully interchangeable, so now members can be flexible about which morning they come to each week or even attend both rehearsals! The musical repertoire is the same for both days with practice tracks and resources available to support the players at home between rehearsals. The ethos of the two orchestras - collectively known as “ELO” - is to have fun while learning to play better as an ensemble. The choice of music is eclectic and “light”: film scores, show music, swing, latin, folk, pop and light classical.’

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www.fyldeconcertorchestra.org.uk

'Consists of 24 amateur and semiprofessional players from the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre area. We aim to give four concerts a year to support local fundraising events, offering a wide range of music from light classical to showtunes and jazz.'

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www.halelightorchestra.org.uk

‘The HLO is based in the village of Hale, near Altrincham, on the South Manchester/Cheshire border. The orchestra specializes in rehearsing and performing orchestral works from the light classical music repertoire, as exemplified by the compositions of Frederic Curzon, Eric Coates, Robert Farnon, Haydn Wood, Percy Fletcher and Leroy Anderson to name just a few.’

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www.johnwilsonorchestra.com

‘Formed by British orchestral conductor John Wilson in 1994. It is a symphonic orchestra that includes a big jazz band ... It’s modelled on the old contract movie orchestras in America. And that's basically the combination of a dance-band brass, rhythm and saxophone section, so four trumpets, four trombones, five saxes who all double, and a rhythm section, who are all very specific specialists in this style. And then on top of that you have a woodwind and French horn section. But I think the key thing is getting the right string players. It has to be a very high octane, high gloss, soloist sort of player. The string sound isn’t blended down, it’s blended up. You play up to the best. It’s a very in-your-face, expensive sort of string sound and it takes a lot of playing. You have to have the best players, but we're spoilt in this country for terrific orchestral performers.’ [Wikipedia 15 October 2017]

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www.lanarkshirececilianorchestra.co.uk

'Exists to provide musicians an opportunity to perform in the local Lanarkshire community, and to present a variety of musical entertainment, from light, popular and film music, through to symphonic works from the great composers.'

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www.lutonconcertorchestra.org.uk

Founded in 1962: ‘The repertoire is very varied, including selections from some of the all-time great musicals, Gilbert & Sullivan, film music and so on. The players come from a variety of backgrounds and we are particularly keen on encouraging young people, many of whom have been very talented and have gone on to higher musical training. We do two concerts a year – one usually at the start of May and the other at the start of October. Over the last few years we have added a pre-Christmas charity concert ...’

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www.macclesfieldlightorchestra.co.uk

'A friendly orchestra, always ready to welcome new members ... Its 25 members meet weekly to rehearse and enjoy playing a wide range of music to suit a variety of tastes. The orchestra gives its services free to support local charity groups through regular concerts.'

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mco.org.uk

'We are a friendly orchestra that draws people of different ages and with varying levels of playing experience. We offer a supportive environment which is ideal for anyone who hasn’t played in an orchestra before or who wants to brush up their skills. We only ask that players are Grade 6 standard or above, as our repertoire is challenging. The concert programmes are a mix of major symphonic works by composers such as Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Brahms, Beethoven and Rachmaninov and lighter pieces such as songs from the shows, Christmas music and film scores.'

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www.portsunlightorchestra.org.uk

'With origins in the last decade of the 19th century the PSO is one of the village's oldest institutions. Concerts are normally in the Lady Lever Art Gallery at 2:30 pm on Sunday afternoons.'

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www.rochdalelightorchestra.org

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www.rpo.co.uk/about/rpco

‘Known for its versatile programming of classical, light classical and popular music, the RPCO is regularly seen working with renowned artists in the worlds of classical music, pop music and West End musicals and appears at many of the UK’s most celebrated summer music festivals.’

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shrewsburylight-orch.org.uk

'A non-professional orchestra, founded in 1968, and provides an opportunity for musicians of all ages and abilities to enjoy making music together. Although no auditions are held, members are expected to attain a competent standard through rehearsals before appearing in concerts. A variety of music is played including light classical, show music, film and TV themes, traditional and modern popular numbers ... Over the years the Shrewsbury Light Orchestra has given both formal and informal concerts, has performed both indoors and out and is well known throughout Shropshire, Wales and the Midlands.'

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stratfordfestivalorchestra.weebly.com

‘Has an ethos of making music for fun and although we have only recently formed every concert we have played has been a sell out. We have plans to perform regularly at venues all over the midlands and at festivals and some cities in the UK ... We don’t set out to be an overly serious symphony orchestra. We will play anything from some rock to light classics – from Bond themes to Blues. Some pieces from musicals perhaps – some folk maybe - a possible touch of Pachelbel and Bach. If you are only into pure heavy classical music then we are probably not for you!! We particularly want to tempt back to music those of you who used to play some time ago but have lost the reason to get back into it. If you want to regularly play to packed audiences and have a lot of fun - then come and join us!‘

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www.thelightorchestra.co.uk

Originally the 'Trafford Light Orchestra': 'The Light Orchestra performs numerous concerts each year. Our programmes are suitable for the whole family and typically includes popular light orchestral music and favourites from the stage and screen. We've also performed children's concerts with soundtracks from Mary Poppins and Frozen; plus Proms Night concerts with Pomp and Circumstance and Jerusalem.'

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wmlo.msmusic.co.uk

'The orchestra that keeps alive the music of the 1930s-1970s, for you to enjoy ... We are a light orchestra with a difference. So far as we know, no other light orchestra has the same lineup or arrangements as we do. Your average light orchestra is essentially a light concert orchestra that plays light symphonic music (and does so very well, of course); but we do something different ...'

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www.ylo.org.uk

'An amateur group who specialise in playing music from the shows, light instrumental music, waltzes, marches and overtures. We have an extensive library of music ranging from traditional to modern pieces.'

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www.lightmusicsociety.com

'Exists to promote and champion Light Music throughout the world. It is also provides the necessary administration for the Library of Light-Orchestral Music ... The Society promotes a huge number of events throughout the year and annually mounts its own event where members can share their love for the Light Music genre.'

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