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‘Formed in 1982 and has established itself at the forefront of amateur orchestral playing in Aberdeen. Programmes have utilised the full variety of orchestral dispositions, from chamber to full symphony orchestra - from the music of the Classical period to contemporary film. We welcome players, particularly in the string section, who have achieved Associated Board Grade 8 standard or equivalent ... Currently, the ACO promotes an average of 3 concerts a year in the Aberdeen area.’

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'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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‘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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‘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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'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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'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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'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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'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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‘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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‘The Belmont Ensemble was the pioneering force in establishing the famous series of baroque concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields in the early 1990s. They have now given over 700 concerts at the famous Trafalgar Square Church where they are firmly established as the most popular of the principal orchestras, attracting large international audiences to their fortnightly concerts ... The Orchestra was originally established to enable exceptional music graduates the opportunity to bridge the gap between leaving conservatoire and finding full-time employment, within a professional environment. Now a seasoned fixture on the London musical scene, the orchestra receives no subsidies or sponsorship, relying purely on enterprising programming and box office receipts.‘

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'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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‘An enthusiastic orchestra covering a pretty wide age range (many of us are recent graduates). We aim to play challenging and exciting repertoire in an informal and relaxed atmosphere and perform a wide range of works for chamber orchestra, also spreading our wings into larger works from time to time ... We usually expect potential players to be of Grade 8+ standard or equivalent. Most years we put on 3-4 concerts with a run of 3 or 4 all-day or afternoon rehearsals in advance. These take place at a variety of central London venues on Saturdays or Sundays although we occasionally do a Friday night rehearsal before a Saturday concert. While most of our concerts take place on Saturday nights, in recent years we have presented some concerts on Saturday or Sunday afternoons, so that families can attend.’

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'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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Founded 1987: ‘The rationale to finding the route to success was multi-pronged : engage the services of a conductor who would be inspiring (making rehearsal and concerts both rewarding musically and pleasurable); discover the best musicians in the area who were prepared to commit time and effort into practice and performance for no financial return; play in the wonderful acoustic of St George’s, Brandon Hill, Bristol (for many years used by the BBC as a recording studio); rehearse intensively over the period immediately preceding the concert; promote high-quality events of varied and interesting content to be able to reward audiences, conductors, soloists and orchestra together’.

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‘Founded in 1963 by a small group of amateur musicians who made music for their own enjoyment and gave invitation concerts. Over the years the membership has increased to about 30 players, several of whom are professionally qualified. The orchestra gives five or six public performances a year, occasionally combining with other instrumentalists and/or singers to perform symphonies, concertos and choral works ... The orchestra’s repertoire consists mainly, but not exclusively, of orchestral music for strings.’

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Founded 1994: ‘The City’s only professional orchestra, comprising a core of 25 musicians and a further 50 musicians, all experienced players in a range of musical genres. The Ensemble has flexible configurations, from a piano trio through to full symphony orchestra. The Orchestra holds a pivotal position in South West music, presenting a varied programme of concerts and events in the region’s major venues’.

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'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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‘We are a chamber orchestra who enjoy playing a varied repertoire from Baroque to the present day ... Based in Stroud, Gloucestershire ... We encourage local soloists whenever possible.’

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‘Comprises leading freelance musicians who perform regularly with orchestras such as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and English Symphony Orchestra. The Camerata has two main functions – to accompany choral societies in performances of great choral works and to stage its own events for charitable causes. Since its inception in 2013, the orchestra has performed to sell-out audiences, raising considerable amounts of money for Oxfam, Christian Aid and The Spinal Injuries Association.’ ALERT Website inaccessible at Review; switched Link to Facebook Page.

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Founded in 1966 ‘to harness the talents of professional musicians in the area ...  The Orchestra has retained its tradition of performing music from the 17th Century to the present day and, through its regular concerts in Pittville Pump Room and St Andrew's Church, Montpellier, has built up an appreciative audience ... As well as working with established artists, the Orchestra has a policy of providing a platform for talented young musicians. The CCO offers an extensive repertoire together with a high standard of performance, and with creative programming and subsidised tickets for young people it aims to appeal to listeners of all ages’.

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'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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‘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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‘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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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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'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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‘Formed in 1995 under the musical direction of the late Alan Hazeldine. Since then it has developed into one of the finest orchestras of its kind in London. It counts some of London's best amateur players among its members. The orchestra plays six concerts each season, mostly at its traditional home of St James's, Piccadilly. However in one concert each season it becomes the Corinthian Orchestra, taking on additional members to play larger-scale repertoire in a bigger venue.’

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‘Has long been part of the musical life of London, playing in venues and festivals across the city and the south east for many years. Our musicians come from many different professions, including architecture, arts administration, the BBC, IT, law, media, medicine, publishing, finance and education. We are drawn together by a deep commitment to music-making of the highest possible standard, and the desire to create and share great music. Each season CGCO performs a series of concerts in the beautiful Victorian church of St Peter’s Notting Hill, working with different conductors and artists to constantly enliven the orchestra’s approach. We also play in other London venues.’

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Founded 1989: ‘A vibrant ensemble of talented amateur players, teachers and semi-professionals. We meet in Dorking for four rehearsals prior to our three or four concerts a year, enjoy working with excellent conductors, and working together as a team. We aim to perform to the highest musical standards, creating interesting programmes for our audience, combining classical favorites with lesser known chamber works and 20th century pieces’.

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‘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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‘Formed in 2008 and is made up of experienced players from Dunblane and the surrounding area. The orchestra gives two concerts a year in May and November, and performs familiar and lesser known works to an appreciative audience.’

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Founded 2010: ‘An exciting ensemble of players based in the east of England, and performing regularly in Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds, Ely, Saffron Walden, and other venues in the region. EAChO has been acclaimed by audiences, media, and the professional artists with whom we have worked for our virtuosic playing, sensitive musicianship, and dynamic performances ... We currently give between 6 and 10 concerts per year, with 3-4 rehearsals, generally on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, before concert day. We don’t expect our members – many of whom do not make their living from music – to be able to manage every one of our concerts, but clearly membership is a considerable commitment: we expect those playing in a concert to come to all rehearsals, so that the rehearsal process can be as productive and enjoyable as possible’.

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Enfield Chamber Orchestra (formerly Enfield String Players) was founded in 1942. We are a very friendly orchestra who first and foremost enjoy playing great music. As a guide, a minimum standard of Grade 7 is needed to join, but a commitment to rehearsals and improving standards are the most important requirements.’

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‘The ECO is one of the world’s leading chamber orchestras, having performed in more countries than any other orchestra, recorded over 1,500 works and played with the world’s greatest musicians ... The illustrious history of the orchestra features many major musical figures. Benjamin Britten was the orchestra’s first Patron and a significant musical influence.‘

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‘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.’

Also indexedEnglish String Orchestra
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‘Brings together amateur and professional musicians from across the West Midlands. Aiming to set the highest standards in amateur music-making, the orchestra specialises in performing masterpieces from the Classical repertoire as well as Romantic and Modern chamber orchestral works.’

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‘Established in 1979 for players who were "retired" from the Essex Youth Orchestra, ECHO varies its forces to perform a wide variety of exciting programmes ... There are three intensive rehearsal weekends per year followed by a series of concerts, usually at venues in Essex.‘

Also indexedECHO
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‘Professional, innovative orchestra ... founded in 2002 for a performance in Canterbury Cathedral as part of the Canterbury Festival.’  Now typically performs at half a dozen concerts per annum.

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‘An amateur orchestra ... founded 1966 ... We give 3 main concerts each year in March, June and November ... The GCO has built an enviable reputation as one of the leading amateur orchestras in Scotland, and continues to attract some of the best amateur musicians in the region ... The orchestra is run on an entirely voluntary basis by the musicians themselves, with member subscriptions geared to enable players in all financial circumstances to take part. Orchestra members are drawn from all walks of life and from all over the central belt of Scotland.’

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

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‘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.‘

Also indexedHavant Symphony Orchestra | Havant Chamber Orchestra
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‘A flexible group of experienced musicians from the East Midlands who perform chamber music and small orchestral works ... Our programmes explore rarely performed chamber or small orchestral works combined with more traditional items. The Helix Ensemble has premiered a number of pieces by composers in the region. Professional musicians are invited to direct and coach every concert.’

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'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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‘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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‘Formed in 2011 by a group of local musicians and music teachers, and incorporates singers and players of all ages and from all walks of life. We aim to provide high quality live music in local venues, and to create enjoyable, challenging and varied performing experiences for our players and singers. We have performed large and small scale concerts in churches in Hull, Beverley and Driffield, raising money for charities and good causes. One of our principles is to offer a continually surprising programme. One concert might be a small-scale chamber concert featuring Baroque repertoire, and the next might be a large symphony or a large-scale choral work.’

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'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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‘The ISIS Chamber Orchestra gives several concerts per year in and around Oxfordshire (the part of the River Thames that flows through Oxford is called the Isis) ... Many of our concerts also raise money in aid of charity. If you are interested in helping us to put on a concert to raise money for your charity, then please get in touch.’

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‘Established in 1936 as the Informal Chamber Orchestra, and is a registered charity, funded by members' subscriptions and ticket sales, and from time to time also raises money for other charitable causes. We provide opportunities for musicians to rehearse and perform a wide range of classical music to a high standard. We also offer a platform for young soloists to help them establish their careers, and guest-slots to provide young conductors with valuable experience. Our focus is on serious amateur music making in a sociable and friendly environment.’

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'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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‘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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‘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.’

Also indexedKingfisher Ensemble
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‘The KCO was formed in 1986, as a chamber orchestra responding to the need for the performance of classical music in Kingston upon Thames and the wider district, and a near professional standard of orchestra to attract serious instrumentalists who wish to perform on a regular basis ... Since its formation the KCO has played a wide range of orchestral music, from baroque and classical, through the Romantic era, to contemporary music from the last century. We aim for a balance between the familiar and the new, and have a long tradition of first performances of music by local composers, often of astonishing inventiveness and musicality ... The Kingston Chamber Orchestra has been the Associate Orchestra of Kingston University since 2013. Rehearsal time is given to perform compositions of members of the music faculty. Members of the University play with the orchestra.‘

Also indexedKingston University
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Founded 2004: ‘The Orchestra aims to provide audiences and players with programmes not otherwise catered for in Leicester. The players are keen amateur instrumentalists and music teachers from around Leicester. KCO performs 4 concerts per year and every other year performs an opera under the name Knighton Opera.’

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

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‘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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'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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‘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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‘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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London Musical Arts Orchestra is based at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in Trafalgar Square, presenting beautiful Candlelight Concerts, exciting and innovative MEET the MUSIC concerts and our popular Mini Maestro family concerts series for children.’

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‘Founded by cellist Dietrich Bethge in 1998 from London's leading musicians, London Octave aims to approach the baroque and classical repertoire in a fresh and vital manner, often without a conductor, but principally for the players’ own enjoyment and the enjoyment of the audience ... The members, many of whom have distinguished individual careers, frequently take turns as soloists and leading musicians are often invited to work with the ensemble ... London Octave has attracted a loyal following of concert goers who appreciate their vitality and virtuosity. This, coupled with their programs based on major and accessible works, has established them as one of the leading chamber orchestras in Britain.’

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‘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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‘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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'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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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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‘Came about through a bunch of friends getting together in 1961 to play Mozart for fun from May to October when the Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra playing season came to an end ... eventually putting on their first concert at the Assembly House in Norwich in 1962. Considering the chosen name for this new Norwich Orchestra, the first concert didn’t actually feature any Mozart! Nevertheless the concert was a huge success and this encouraged the Orchestra to put on further concerts ... The Orchestra now plays two concerts a year, one in October and one in May ... The Orchestra also performs two further concerts a year in June and July at churches in Norfolk and Suffolk. Depending on the programme you may or may not get to hear some Mozart!‘

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‘A Lewes-based chamber orchestra of professional musicians dedicated to the presentation of both new and unusual works together with a standard repertoire of better-known pieces ... Our annual seasons of six concerts are themed either around individual composers ... or on specific regions ... In addition we present two candlelit concerts in Old Hamsey Church on the second and third Sundays in June. We have commissioned new works from composers including Doina Rotaru, Dudley Hyams, Peta Crompton, Michael Finnissy and Peter Copley. The mixture of work we handle makes us unique in the South East of England and in recognition of our innovative approach to programming, the Musicians received a special award from the Performing Rights Society.’

Also indexedHamsey Festival
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‘Set up in the summer of 2017, by a small group of musicians aiming to bring high quality classical music to the town of Newmarket and surrounding area ... We play a great variety of classical music. This ranges from popular classical works such as Haydn symphonies to lesser known composers such as William Sterndale Bennett. We would like to encourage local musicians to get in touch.’

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'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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‘The resident orchestra at Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax ... The orchestra pride themselves on delivering interesting programmes for chamber orchestra ... The orchestra presents four concerts in a season, which usually begins in October and ends in June. A popular date in the orchestra's schedule is the New Year Concert which is always a sell-out. The orchestra has had an eventful history and is proud to have several World Premieres to its name.’

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’Musicians, critics and concert promoters say that Orchestra of St John’s is one of classical music’s best kept secrets. Our Chamber Orchestra was founded 50 years ago by conductor John Lubbock and boasts some of the most exceptional musicians in the country. We have performed all over the world including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Berlin Philharmonic Hall and London’s Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Royal Festival Hall with world famous soloists such as Dame Felicity Lott, Sir James Galway, John Lill, Dame Janet Baker, Tasmin Little, Stephen Isserlis and many others.‘

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‘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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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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'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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‘Founded in 1984, we are an amateur chamber orchestra of the highest standard. The orchestra does not have a fixed membership or a permanent musical director. This enables it to engage a wide range of accomplished musicians to direct and play in each concert. Many of our players are involved in music professionally, though not necessarily as performers. We promote four concerts a year and some special projects, and specialise in accompanying choral societies. We organise instrumental workshops, and are involved in twinning concerts, fireworks concerts and concerts for charities.’

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

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'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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'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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‘Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, is the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra. Founded in 1958, RNS has built a world-wide reputation for the North East through the quality of its music-making and the immediacy of the connections the musicians make with audiences.’

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‘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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‘Established in 1992 by its founding conductor Michael Moorsom and a group of local players. It has presented an annual season of concerts in and around Salisbury ever since. It aims to provide interesting and varied programmes of music ranging from the classical period to contemporary works. It also sets out to encourage young, particularly local, instrumental soloists, composers and conductors.’

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’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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‘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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'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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‘One of the leading chamber orchestras in the West Midlands and, having been based at the CBSO Centre, performs around the region, as well as accompanying local choral societies ... Its close relationship with CBSO players, who regularly perform concertos, has given a strong base from which the Sinfonia of Birmingham has developed a style of its own ... Many players are music graduates wishing to gain experience before continuing their musical careers.  Others have chosen to follow different careers and keep music as a leisure activity. Players are selected from all age groups for their good standard of musicianship with good social compatibility and enjoyment - hence giving lively and exciting performances.‘

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‘Founded in 1980 by a local businessman and keen musician, Miles Rackowe, who believed that Cambridge deserved an orchestra comprised of local musicians, performing to the highest standard. It is now acknowledged to be one of the leading orchestras of the region. The orchestra is entirely independently run, and, thanks to generous sponsorship from local businesses over the years, it has been able to perform at least three concerts a year, thus establishing itself as one of Cambridge’s more permanent musical institutions.’

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’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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‘A virtuoso ensemble delivering original and extraordinary creative musical experiences. Founded in 1982, Sinfonia Viva has a national reputation as a leader in creative music activity in the UK. Its work offers relevant and enriching possibilities for all ... Hundreds of people take part in our ambitious music making projects each year. As well as introducing and sharing music from the past we work with contemporary composers, commissioning new orchestral and choral pieces. We supply opportunities for young people to create music with professional orchestral musicians and perform with us - building confidence and skills, supporting young people to develop as role models and mentors - and of course have fun!‘

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Created 2004: ‘In 2015 Skipton Camerata will take up residency in the newly refurbished Town Hall. Working closely with Skipton Town Partnership the orchestra will give concerts linked to several of Skipton’s festivals. Other concerts are planned in Ilkley, Harrogate, Bradford, Sheffield and Bakewell. Thanks to the continued support from Skipton Building Society and its other benefactors the Camerata is able to pursue its aim of making classical music at a professional level accessible to the more remote areas of Northern England’.

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‘Each year, Southbank Sinfonia brings together 33 outstanding graduates from all over the world to create an orchestra like no other. Tackling everything from great symphonies to operas or orchestral jazz - often in collaboration with partners including the Royal Opera House, BBC Concert Orchestra and Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Southbank Sinfonia's musicians are versatile artists, ready for any challenge.’

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‘The leading professional freelance orchestra in the South of England, SPM is Guildford's “principal provider of classical music”, delivering workshops, schools and community events and live performances in leading venues ... The Southern Pro Musica evolved from the need for a professional orchestra to provide support for choirs based in Hampshire and West Sussex. The availability of increasing numbers of fine free-lance musicians choosing to base their careers in the south enabled the orchestra to enlarge its area of operations to work with choral societies further afield and also to undertake purely orchestral engagements.’

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'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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‘A group of dedicated professional musicians providing live orchestral music in St. Helens and the surrounding areas ... Established in 1997, the Sinfonietta gives four or five orchestral concerts a year with ensembles of varying size, and also presents other musical events, including lunchtime and evening recitals of widely varying and often innovative character.’

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

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Founded 1983: ‘Its players are local musicians, professional and amateur, from Stamford, Rutland and the surrounding areas. The orchestra has developed a reputation for its high quality performances, giving three concerts a year ... Friends' subscriptions help us to widen our range of musical repertoire and guest soloists and still keep the price of a concert ticket as low as possible. To illustrate our difficulties, the hire of orchestral parts for any concert may exceed £300’.

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‘One of the UK's premier non-pro chamber orchestras, Surrey Mozart Players provide an annual series of exciting, innovative concerts in the Guildford area ... Have earned a well-deserved reputation for imaginative, exciting and entertaining programmes, featuring repertoire from Baroque and Classical, to modern masterpieces, and including premiers of newly-commissioned works.’

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'Founded in 1974 with its first concert in Blythburgh, Suffolk. It is a small orchestra of gifted amateurs playing to a high standard. Most concerts are given in Westleton, Suffolk, but occasionally elsewhere. The repertoire is mainly Baroque and Early Classical, but also includes later and modern works. Some concerts are strings only, and may be directed from the harpsichord or by the violin leader.‘

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‘With an unsurpassed reputation for inspiring performances of baroque and classical music, The English Concert ranks among the finest chamber orchestras in the world. Such standing is the result of tireless work at home, on the road and in the studio since 1973 ... We believe that through our performances on original instruments, with styles of playing and singing appropriate to a composer or period, we can get to the essential core of the music. With our international group of close-knit musicians, many of whom are soloists in their own right, anything is possible.’

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‘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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‘The orchestra was established in 2002 as the idea and inspiration of Catherine Janssens, a Belgian student then studying at the School of Violin Making, and the result of a common wish to develop music at the School ... The Academy’s repertoire and ambitions have continued to expand ever since its formation – not only in the range of pieces it performs, but also for example through invitations to appear with Newark Choral Society, Newark Music Club and at the Newark Festival ... The Violin School students have been augmented by a group of woodwind players, most of whom have studied or are still studying at the Woodwind School, giving the orchestra the opportunity to play major symphonic works in addition to its core string repertoire ... The School’s cultural diversity is reflected in the Academy’s membership, which has included players from Britain, France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. And of course there are also members from the Newark area as well as teachers from the Violin School.’

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'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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