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abbeygateway.org

‘An amateur orchestra in St Albans that performs regular concerts of major works, and offers a more relaxed musical experience at a much lower cost than larger orchestras in the area. We have a policy of welcoming all ages and a wide range of abilities from St Albans and beyond. This leads to a varied mix of musicians which produces fresh and stimulating results. Abbey Gateway Orchestra is different to most amateur orchestras in that we don’t just perform full concerts every term, we also mix up workshops and community events, developing a large repertoire of pieces which we perform more than once over the course of the year.’

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www.alorchestra.org

‘We are an amateur symphony orchestra based in Abbots Langley with players drawn from the village and surrounding area. We normally give three concerts each year ... We don't believe there are many villages that have their own symphony orchestra full of committed and talented players, under a professional conductor. Abbots Langley does!‘

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www.abergavennysymph.org.uk

Abergavenny Orchestral Society is one of the oldest amateur orchestras in the UK and we now perform under the title Abergavenny Symphony Orchestra. We are a community orchestra with members of all ages who come from a 40 mile radius. We play interesting programmes and enjoy our rehearsals which are focussed towards performing our 3 concerts per year as musically as possible.‘

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Also indexedAbergavenny Orchestral Society
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www.abneyorchestra.org

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www.allseasonsorchestra.org.uk

‘A friendly new community orchestra set up to provide orchestral playing opportunities for amateur musicians in York and the surrounding area. We play a varied selection of music from across the orchestral repertoire, some easy bits and some of that really meaty stuff you've always wanted to have a go at.’

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altonconcertorchestra.org.uk

‘A flourishing community orchestra based in Alton, Hampshire ... and comprises of competent amateur musicians of all ages ... We have a policy of welcoming anyone without the requirement of an audition and we maintain no restrictions on section size within the orchestra. However at the discretion of the Musical Director, we may occasionally have to operate a waiting list for certain oversubscribed instruments ... The orchestra plays three concerts a year.’

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www.alveleyvillageband.com

‘Play all your favourite music in the Alveley Village Band. Our members go away happy and refreshed after playing the best arrangements possible for brass, woodwind, strings and percussion. We are unique - our band offers parts for all instruments so all musicians can participate. We guarantee you'll love being part of the band. Local children give the band a thumbs-up too! Come and join us!’

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www.axevaleorchestra.co.uk

Founded 2005: ’Brings together amateur and professional players from East Devon, West Dorset and South Somerset, giving three concerts a year ... The Axe Vale Orchestra is a full Chamber Orchestra consisting of Strings, full Woodwind and Brass Sections who meet to perform and explore full classical and modern repertoires ... We are always happy to welcome new members and Friends of the Orchestra’.

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www.bathallcomersorchestra.org.uk

'BACO, the Bath based orchestra is open to all and provides an invaluable opportunity to gain or expand experience in orchestral playing in a relaxed environment.'

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bathgateconcertorchestra.org.uk

'Founded  in 1952. Today we have around 25 members, a happy mix of amateur and professional musicians. We play a wide variety of orchestral music to suit all tastes. We enjoy making music ... We are always happy to welcome new members. No audition is necessary but we do ask for commitment to practise and your regular attendance at rehearsals and concerts. Please bring your music stand and arrive in good time for a prompt start.'

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boobsandbrass.com

'Boobs & Brass was formed in May 2006 & is based in Northamptonshire, England ... All the people involved with “Boobs & Brass” love music and brass bands. Undoubtedly, the greatest single contribution that each player, conductor, soloist, arranger and supporter makes is that they do it all at their own personal expense, driven by one common aim – to raise money for researching a cure for breast cancer ...'

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thebordersorchestra.co.uk/index.html

Inclusive ‘We welcome all ages and abilities’ ... Friendly ‘A warm and friendly welcome is guaranteed’ ... Community ‘We thrive on community spirit and friendship’ ... ‘Why not come along and see what we are about?’

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bwcb.org

The Community Band began in 2008: 'We have gone from strength to strength and we now number over 120 adults in 3 bands. We are keen amateur musicians aspiring to a high standard, but mainly do it for fun and to entertain others. We are led by experienced, professional teachers and musicians from Berkshire Maestros ... We have started a number of other projects, including an introductory wind band (Beaufort Band) and wind ensembles'.

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www.bristolmillenniumorchestra.co.uk

‘Formed for the BBC Music Live event in 2000. We are a large amateur orchestra drawing players, mainly from the Bristol area. We meet every Monday evening and hold many concerts throughout the year in the Avon, Somerset, South Gloucestershire area, including annually at Iron Acton’s fabulous Prom in the Meadow.’

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www.bristolorchestralplayers.co.uk

‘We play for the pleasure of working on and getting to know the orchestral repertoire.  From September to March, we meet monthly, usually on the third Sunday, to focus on a couple of works (usually one symphony and one overture) for two successive sessions before moving on to explore new works for the next two rehearsals and so on. Between April and June, we meet more regularly (up to five times)  preparing for our annual concert – which is given free to family and friends, followed by a Americian supper style buffet. We don't take ourselves too seriously but we do work hard at playing the music to as high a standard as possible.’

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broadlandband.org

'Formed in the 1930s under the name “Blofield & District Silver Band”, the band has undergone several changes, moving to Strumpshaw, Freethorpe and then Cantley ... In September 2015 we made the exciting decision to become a concert/wind band and invite woodwind players to join for the first time. This has allowed for a range of new music, a larger band for concerts and engagements, and provides a progression route for those in the Training Band.'

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www.brunelsinfonia.org.uk

‘If you want to lose yourself in wonderful classical works, many romantic, many famous, some you’ll have never heard before, you should pay a visit to our concerts this year. Whether you’ve taken a shine to Shostakovich or delight in Debussy, we’re here to offer you the best in Bristol’s amateur orchestral performances. Our programmes are always made up of: * One work picked from the Classic FM top 100; * One work chosen by our expert conductor; * One work chosen by our players.’

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www.budeorchestra.com

‘We are your local orchestra so please help us to play the music you enjoy the most by sharing your feedback and thoughts with us ... We would especially like to hear any suggestions for favorite pieces, or contact from potential new members.’

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www.burfordorchestra.org.uk

’Amateur Orchestra who rehearse in Witney ... and perform 3 concerts a year in Burford and West Oxfordshire. Founded in 1954 ... We welcome all players, particularly strings and low brass, and there is no audition! We play a variety of popular classics from predominantly the Romantic period.’

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buryfriendlyorchestra.onesuffolk.net

‘We are a full symphony orchestra of 60 players, playing an exciting mix of music from the classic Haydn symphony to fiery rhythms from South America, and everything in between! ... We would like new players to join us, especially players of the viola, double bass and bassoon. There is a waiting list for some other instruments. Our minimum playing standard is around Grade 5. If you are interested in joining the orchestra, or would like to play with us as a soloist, please email us.’

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www.buxtedsymphonyorchestra.org.uk

‘Founded in 1974 by Nancy Jacks as the Uckfield Youth Orchestra, it started with five members, soon increased to twenty, and was later joined by adults, and it established a series of charity concerts. In 1995 it took its present name ... We welcome all ages, and especially brass players! ... We perform in Buxted Park, Uckfield and in Seaford, giving concerts three or four times a year.’

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www.caithnessmusic.com/Join-in-the-fun-.html

‘This is a chamber orchestra which welcomes anyone who can play an orchestral instrument. The membership includes musicians of all abilities from about grade 3 up to fully qualified professional musicians and the repertoire includes both light music and symphonies,’

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www.cambridge-sinfonietta.org

‘A friendly amateur orchestra based in Cambridge, England. We mainly play works drawn from the classical repertoire and give a concert at the end of each school term, usually on a Thursday or Saturday. The orchestra exists to promote, improve, develop and maintain public education in and appreciation of the art and science of music in all its aspects by the presentation of public concerts and recitals. Keen amateur players of any age are welcomed as new members without audition, subject to a reasonable balance between sections.’

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www.canterburymusicmakers.org

‘Constituted in February 2004 to promote education in and the appreciation of music through the preparation and presentation of public orchestral concerts ... The orchestra currently comprises over 50 members of diverse ability whose main motivation is the enjoyment of making music together of good quality and at a level of performance that stretches their abilities. The repertoire of the orchestra is varied and comprises movements of orchestral works by composers such as Haydn, Mozart, Handel and Schubert together with a number of shorter programmatic pieces and some original compositions by members or friends of the orchestra ... Where possible the Society responds positively to requests for concerts in support of charitable concerns.’

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www.cdpo.org.uk

Cerddorfa Dinas Powys Orchestra is a community orchestra which provides a place for local musicians to use their talents in an orchestral setting ... We will always welcome new players, to help us develop our orchestral capabilities and repertoire. If you play, or used to play and would like to take it up again, please consider joining us.’

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www.cporchestra.org.uk

‘A friendly adult amateur orchestra based in Leicester ... We aim to give musicians the opportunity to play and perform classical & more contemporary popular pieces in a friendly and sociable environment. Whilst we strive to always improve our playing and individual skills we also believe that playing music should be fun with more emphasis on the rehearsals than public performances. We welcome new players from the more experienced, those that maybe wish to revive old skills and those who have begun to play more recently but not beginners. There are no formal auditions. All that we ask is that you can cope with the music, feel reasonably comfortable sight reading and are able to regularly attend rehearsals.’

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www.cobweborchestra.org.uk

'A multi-award winning open-access community orchestra based in the North of England. We welcome players of all standards to our weekly meetings at eight venues between the Scottish Borders and North Yorkshire, and to our programme of study days, residential courses and concerts throughout the region and as far afield as Italy and Hungary. We are a friendly and welcoming group that exists so that people can enjoy playing music together. It is open to anyone who wants to come along and join in, whether they have just started learning an instrument, have been playing for years, or haven't played for years ... The Cobweb Orchestra as well as off-shoot groups such as The Baroque Ensemble, The Cobweb Cabaret Ensemble and The Cobweb Chamber Orchestra often give an eclectic variety of performances at various venues throughout the North of England. These concerts are nearly always free although we do invite you to make a donation to The Cobweb Orchestra.'

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www.colintonorchestra.org.uk

Founded 1928: ‘An amateur orchestra in Edinburgh that plays a variety of music ranging from baroque to 21st century ... The orchestra has a membership of around 50 of all ages ... Joining does not involve an audition ... We perform two concerts per year, normally in December and May’.

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sites.google.com/site/cornwallconcertorchestra/

'We are a full-range orchestra for adults that wish to "return" to playing after some time away from their instrument, however short or long. Ideally, new players are not expected to be complete beginners or professional/concert standard. Our repertoire is predominantly classical, both traditional and contemporary, and we perform at indoor venues throughout the year.'

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culmvalleymusic.btck.co.uk/Orchestra

‘We are an amateur group which meets ... to play classical orchestral music for the personal pleasure of our members. However we do give occasional concerts to provide the opportunity to present the music which we have been studying in recent months. These are usually associated with orchestral days to which we invite other competent players, who are not able to attend on a regular basis. Though our performances may not achieve perfection, we hope that our enthusiasm and inclusivity may bring freshness and insight to the music.’

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darlington-orchestra.org.uk

'Community orchestra featuring local amateur musicians. We perform two regular concerts per year and occasionally participate in other events.'

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www.dartmouth-orchestra.co.uk

‘We are an amateur orchestra based in Dartmouth, with around 25 players drawn from across the South Hams and beyond. The orchestra was originally set up by a group of friends who were looking for an opportunity to play locally. Since then, it has grown but still keeps its friendly, sociable ethos. We currently perform three or four concerts a year, including one in the annual Dart Music Festival, each May.’

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www.deane-sinfonia.com

Formed 1980: ‘An amateur orchestra whose members form an eclectic mix of ages and backgrounds as well as playing abilities ... We usually perform three concerts per year, normally to raise money for charity or local good cause ... We welcome enquiries from prospective members’.

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deeside-orchestra.co.uk

'The Deeside Orchestra started about 30 years ago and has gone from strength to strength ... New players are always welcome to come and join us.'

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dcodemo.wordpress.com

‘Established in 1988 with support from Sir Harry Djanogly ... In 1992, a sister organisation - the Djanogly Community Choir - was also created and performed a few concerts with the orchestra, but sadly folded a few years later ... A friendly amateur orchestra based in Nottingham ... Usually perform three concerts per year. Our music is varied – including symphonies, shorter pieces for orchestra, children’s concerts, works in conjunction with a local choir, and concertos (frequently using local young musicians – which we particularly enjoy and  provides inspiration to us all) ... As a large amateur orchestra we often need additional players – either because a current member leaves or is away for a specific concert, or where additional players or “unusual” instruments (e.g. Bass Clarinet, Harp, extra percussion, etc) are needed for a piece. To join you need to be a competent player at least at grade 5 or equivalent.‘

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dorsetsinfonia.co.uk

‘An amateur classical orchestra drawing on the talents of musicians throughout Dorset. We play for the pleasure of making music as a group, advancing our abilities and encouraging newcomers. Our repertoire covers popular classical music, film music and music from the shows. We ... entertain audiences with our concerts held at the end of each term.’

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eastbourneorchestra.com

‘The Eastbourne Concert Orchestra is the playing arm of the Eastbourne Orchestral Society. The orchestra has been going for over 60 years, usually performing three concerts a year. We are a community orchestra and meet on a Tuesday evening during term time. The Orchestral Society is always looking for new members; musicians, concert helpers and patrons. In terms of vacancies within the orchestra we are particularly looking for strings and brass players. We play a variety of music, such as classical, light or show music so normally advise that players should be of a grade 5 standard.’

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Also indexedEastbourne Orchestral Society
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www.openorchestra.org.uk

‘An established group of amateur musicians of all ages and abilities. We meet throughout the year for rehearsals and performances, aiming to increase our knowledge and enjoyment of orchestral music in a friendly atmosphere. New players are very welcome – we encourage all ages and abilities, and have a friendly atmosphere. We aim for high standards, but have no auditions.’

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www.elysinfonia.co.uk

'Founded in November 1999 by a group led by ADeC (Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire), with the aim of becoming a beacon of excellence as East Cambridgeshire’s own community orchestra. Since then it has become one of the region’s best respected orchestras. Today, Ely Sinfonia is made up of players of all ages and from a wide range of backgrounds, including school and college students, business professionals, retired people and local music teachers. Its repertoire ranges from mainstream works to the contemporary, including special commissions.'

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falkirktrystorchestra.org.uk

'Community-based organisation offering the opportunity for instrumentalists from all backgrounds and ages to join together and perform in an orchestra as well as giving the communities of Falkirk, Stirling and other parts of the Forth Valley a source of locally-sourced instrumental music. The orchestra plays two main concerts a year and contributes to a shared Christmas celebration with two choirs. In May, the Orchestra participates in the Tryst Festival, giving a concert that features a soloist, often one from the local area. In October, the Orchestra holds a charity concert, the proceeds of which are donated to a local charity.'

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fenedgeorchestra.wordpress.com

‘A friendly orchestra whose members play for fun, and which currently presents a winter and summer concert, performing in local venues ... Fen Edge Orchestra has its home in Cottenham, a village just to the north of Cambridge ... We don’t hold auditions and we are strictly non-competitive ... If you are looking to become a member of a relaxed and friendly group of amateur musicians, we could be the perfect orchestra to join, even if you haven’t played in years, or if you are learning a new instrument ... We have a waiting list for most instruments, but this list is purely chronological.‘

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www.fyldesinfonia.org.uk

‘We're an amateur orchestra who play in St Annes. We practise on Wednesday evenings and perform 3 or 4 times a year. Our members come from all across Lancashire: Lytham St Annes, Blackpool, Preston ...’

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gwcb.co.uk

'We are a group of local musicians who have been coming together to share music making since January 2000. The Band is made up of a diverse group of people of all ages and musical experiences. We play a wide range of music from jazz, classical, contemporary, to music from shows and films. Suggestions for new music are always welcome – you can even sponsor pieces if you wish.'

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grosvenororchestra.blogspot.co.uk

'We study, rehearse and perform all kinds of orchestral music in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Our conductor is an experienced performer and ensemble coach. We give occasional concerts, for which admission is normally free. At these events we support a nominated charity by inviting our listeners to make a donation. A guest speaker gives a brief talk to raise awareness of the charity’s activities. Membership is open to all ages, and there are no auditions, though a standard of at least Grade 5 ABRSM is recommended. (Numbers may be limited in some sections in order to maintain a good orchestral balance.)

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www.halesowenorchestra.co.uk

‘Founded in 1986, is a flourishing amateur group of about 40 regular players serving Halesowen and the west of Birmingham ... We promote three concerts a year, performing a wide and varied repertoire ... The orchestra is open to players of a reasonable standard, regardless of age or previous orchestral experience. If you are enthusiastic about music, you will find that a very warm welcome awaits you. There is no formal audition, although players will need to cope adequately with the parts they are asked to practise and perform. As a general indication, given the type of music we tend to play, this means that players should ideally be at least Grade VI standard or equivalent, although this is not a strict minimum requirement.’

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www.hastingssinfonia.com

'Group of local professional and talented amateur musicians that pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming orchestra .... We perform music that is popular and easy to listen to, often playing many shorter pieces. We include old classics, popular works, film music, opera highlights and new melodic works by living composers; our concerts are therefore ideal for people new to classical music as well as serious music lovers.'

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www.hcoweb.co.uk

‘A community orchestra serving the London Borough of Havering and surrounding areas. We exist to provide opportunities for local instrumentalists to practise and develop their musical skills, and to provide entertainment for members of the public. We have adult members of all ages, and endeavour to make our rehearsals and concerts approachable and friendly occasions. The orchestra works with local soloists wherever possible, and has a particular commitment to offering local young musicians solo performance opportunities. We have worked with several past winners of the Havering Young Musician of the Year award.’

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www.inverurieorchestra.co.uk

‘A community orchestra made up mainly of amateur musicians from across Aberdeenshire who enjoy making music together ... The orchestra welcomes new members ... No pressure! No auditions! So, if you play or have played before and are looking for somewhere to take this up again for fun then the Inverurie Orchestra is right for you! ... We perform 3 times a year. Easter, Summer and Winter with a variety of music for everyone to enjoy learning and performing.’

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www.thejanmodelskiorchestra.co.uk

‘An amateur orchestra based near Chester, was founded in 2001 to enable musicians of all ages and abilities to participate in a performing amateur orchestra. The atmosphere is friendly, informal and geared towards encouraging the best performances from its members and aiding their musical development. An annual concert is held in July and a Christmas concert in December. The orchestra occasionally performs away from its base in Great Barrow Chester and are free to give concerts for charity. We are a not for profit Community Based Orchestra.’

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kingstonthirdageorchestra.org.uk

‘Founded as Kingston U3A orchestra ... in 2010 to encourage amateur musicians to enjoy playing in retirement. It became a fully independent organisation in 2014 and adopted a new name, Kingston Third Age Orchestra. The new name reflects the age group of the majority of our players, but we are keen to recruit younger players who are free during the day and able to attend Wednesday morning rehearsals ... The orchestra has about 40 members, mostly in the Grade 6 - 8 range.’

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www.kirkcaldyorchestralsociety.org

Mission 'We aim to provide opportunities for amateur musicians to come together to play a wide variety of orchestral music and gain musicianship through tutor-evenings throughout the year.'

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www.leamingtonsinfonia.org.uk

‘An amateur symphony orchestra based in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, with a membership of about 60 players ... We give three major concerts a year ... The culture is to aim to achieve the highest possible musical standards, within the capability of the members, whilst having fun playing together and giving performances for the benefit of the local community. The orchestra is also well-known for its sociability and takes a pride in including everyone in evenings out, parties, fund-raising activities and cycling weekends, to name but a few.’

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www.leatherheadorchestra.co.uk

'We cater mostly for adult players but welcome younger ones, including those with little or no orchestral experience. The music we play is from the standard classical repertoire ... There are no specific entry standards or auditions, however you will probably need to have played for a couple of years, be playing reasonably in tune and be able to practise at home. At the end of each term we play through the rehearsed programme in front of families and guests. This is followed by a supper to round off the evening. We make no charge for attending the concert.'

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www.lincolnconcert.org.uk

‘We are a thriving, friendly, amateur community orchestra whose players come from all walks of life and who have a wide-range of musical experience. We have a nucleus of experienced players, but we are always keen to welcome new players, of all ages and abilities, who would like to join us to make music. We emphasise the fun and enjoyment of making music, and so do not require minimum grade levels or auditions for new members. Enthusiasm is the prime qualification for entry. We rehearse weekly in term time and give several concerts a year, the proceeds of which go to local or national charities. Don't be nervous about taking that first step to joining us as we are sure that once you have played a few times you will look forward to each rehearsal and wonder why you didn't join sooner.’

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www.locco.org.uk

'Aims to encourage the playing of music in the community. Membership is open to players of all ages and all abilities ... We give two major concerts each year plus additional performances around Christmas time.'

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Also indexedHelensburgh Saturday Orchestra
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www.londonpeoplesorchestra.co.uk

'We wanted somewhere for local musicians to come and enjoy playing together, without the pressure and minimum standard often required by other amateur classical ensembles ... The main thing to say is that we are not high brow, we are inclusive and it's okay to make mistakes ... that's the way we learn. New players sometimes find themselves sitting with a novice on one side and a seasoned professional musician on the other. Everyone is friendly and encouraging and that's the way we like it.'

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www.longwellgreenorchestra.org.uk

Close to Bristol: ‘This community based orchestra plays mainly light classical music for many local groups, senior citizens clubs and charities in the South West. The musicians are of mixed ability, and range in age from teenager to retired. The Orchestra encourages and supports all its members whether new players or those resuming a lapsed hobby and has at its heart the pleasure and enjoyment of making music.’

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www.loughboroughorchestra.org.uk

‘The orchestra welcomes players of all interests and backgrounds, provided they meet a minimum playing standard. In the larger string sections, where we already have some strong players, we are happy to accept most players, so anyone of Grade 5 standard (or with playing experience) is welcome. We do not hold formal auditions for string instruments and therefore we encourage you to just come along and play with us for an evening. For solo sections, for example woodwind and brass, we require good players perhaps of grade 7 or 8. Vacancies for wind players arise from time to time but it is best to check with us first ... We give concerts twice a year, in January and June.‘

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www.ludloworchestra.org.uk

Founded 1970: ‘An enthusiastic amateur orchestra consisting of around fifty players. It draws its members from Ludlow in South Shropshire and surrounding area ... The orchestra performs up to three concerts each year locally.’

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www.lutonsymphony.co.uk

'Luton Symphony Orchestra is a valuable part of the local community. For playing members, it's a way to make high-quality music with friends every week during the rehearsal period. For our audience, it's live orchestral music performed in easily-accessible local venues, by talented local musicians. We believe that keeping music alive in our community is vital ... We currently give three concerts a year - two of the traditional "overture, concerto, symphony" format and one lighter programme in the summer concert. Where necessary, we augment our regular forces with extra brass and percussion players.'

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marloworchestra.btck.co.uk

Founded 2014: ‘We play a wide repertoire catering for all standards. Our players include some relatively new to their instrument, some returning to their instrument after a long break and some semi professionals ... The aim is to be a true community orchestra for the Marlow area, being encouraging and welcoming to new players and to take a varied repertoire to a wide variety of venues in the local area‘.

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meltonorchestra.webs.com

‘Formed in 1992 by a group of enthusiastic players in the orchestra pit at Melton Operatic shows, and their desire to continue playing between performances ... We are a small group of both experienced and not so experienced players, currently comprising about eleven string and fourteen wind and brass players ... We are becoming more popular and are being asked to perform for a variety of events, such as fund raising for churches and charities, and performing for local events ... We aim to have fun as well as try to improve and to provide an environment in which people are encouraged to "have a go". We also socialise as a group and often have a celebratory meal after concerts!’

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merchantsinfonia.org.uk

‘Originally founded in 2008, under the auspices of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as part of its outreach programme. After five successful years the orchestra gained sufficient momentum to flee the nest and, with support from Glasgow Life, is now an independent organization, whilst continuing to enjoy amicable associations with the BBC SSO team ... It provides a great opportunity to polish musical skills, gain confidence, get back into music, or to have a go at playing in an orchestra for the first time. All players are welcome, from adult learners to advanced musicians, from beginners to rusty returners.‘

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www.midsomersetorchestra.co.uk

'Founded in 1973 and performs regularly in Street and Wells. From the player’s point of view, the aim is to give local amateur orchestral musicians of a high standard the opportunity to rehearse together, and to take part in four concerts during the year. From the music-lover’s point of view, we aim to give good performances of the classics for the enjoyment of the residents of this part of the country. For many years now, the orchestra has actively encouraged the support of young people by specially low-priced tickets.'

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www.middlewichconcertorchestra.org.uk

‘Comprises musicians of all ages & backgrounds. Membership is open to anyone who plays an instrument to grade 5-6 standard, subject to vacancies in the orchestra ... While some members are or have been professional players and/or teachers, the majority of members are keen "amateurs", who enjoy a common interest in playing a wide variety of musical genres.‘

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www.misbourne-orchestra.org.uk

‘Amersham’s local community orchestra ... Formed in 1962, MSO has gone from strength to strength in recent years and its repertoire now includes many works rarely attempted by amateur groups.’

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www.morningtonsinfonia.org.uk

‘A friendly, welcoming orchestra in North London ... Our standard is particularly suitable for intermediate players (grade 6 and above). No audition required - if you like us, we'll like you! Just turn up to any rehearsal and see how you get on, and/or come and meet up in the pub afterwards.’

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www.multi-story.org.uk

'From car parks to schools and festivals, we create amazing live classical experiences performed by incredible musicians. We started back in 2011 when our partners Bold Tendancies welcomed us into their amazing disused car park space to perform Stravinsky's monumental Rite of Spring. We had such a great time (as did our audience!) that we've been going back ever since - performing every year as part of the Bold Tendencies summer season. We also tour the whole Orchestra around schools to play in school halls and playgrounds. And hundreds of school students come and perform with us as choirs and instrumentalists ...'

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www.nailseaconcertorchestra.org

Founded 1995: ‘With many of our founding members still playing a vital part in the orchestra, along with the addition of many more new players, the orchestra continues to go from strength to strength and has come to be seen as something of a local institution ... We enjoying playing classics and light music and regularly perform Beethoven, Mozart, Rossini and Haydn, along with seasonal pieces, helping Nailsea get in the mood for Easter, summertime and Christmas. Regularly featuring promising young solo musicians and vocalists, the orchestra offers music for the young and old alike.’

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www.nforchestra.org

‘Has been in existence since 2002 ... We are amateur musicians from a wide variety of backgrounds and span a variety of ages! We aim for a high standard; there is no entrance audition but we would suggest Grade 5 standard as a minimum ... New or prospective players can be sure of a friendly welcome. We see it as part of our function to be able to offer orchestral experience to improving players and to rusty players who might want to come back to orchestral playing after a gap of some years. We find that resuming regular playing in an orchestral setting always leads to both improvement and enjoyment ... We hold 3-4 concerts a year, in various venues in the New Forest. We usually perform in both the Lymington Arts Festival and Milford on Sea Arts Festival.’

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nulco.weebly.com

‘The group first started rehearsing at the end of February 2016. It started with a small hand full of players who just wanted to play music ... We welcome any musician of any instrument, age or ability. Even more there are NO AUDITIONS to join! You don't even have to play an instrument to get involved! You may just want to organise socials or help with fundraising or even promoting ... The group is ran as a community group and all members gets a say in everything it does including what music is purchased and performed.‘

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www.newentorchestra.org

'Consists of amateur players from around the Three Choirs counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Membership encompasses a wide range of playing abilities and ages. This friendly orchestra is currently growing in terms of both membership and repertoire and presents highly successful and enjoyable concerts and events at local venues.'

Visits to the Website82
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www.newportorchestra.co.uk

'An enthusiastic amateur orchestra with members of all ages. We strive to provide a balance between fun and informality whilst also embracing the desire to improve each individuals’ skills and talents and to be able to perform as a coherent and confident orchestra that all are proud to be a part of.'

Visits to the Website89
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www.nidderdalecommunityorchestra.org

'Started in September 2011 and is based in Pateley Bridge. We welcome players of all instruments and all ages. Some of our members have dusted instruments off after many years of hibernation, others have just begun. We have lots of fun playing together, please think about joining us ...'

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www.thefunorchestra.co.uk

‘We are fun musicians who love music and try our best: * Grades - we don't care; * Auditions - we don't do them; * Music - we love it; * Fun - is what we are about ... Founded on 23rd March 2016. Set up as a warm welcoming fun Orchestra open to musicians in the North Downs region of Surrey, Kent, East & West Sussex & Southern London ... Our members are from a variety of musical backgrounds. Around 20% had never played in an Orchestra before. About 33% were new to their instrument some having only a few weeks experience and with about 40% returning to their instrument after a substantial break in playing, over 30 years in some cases.‘

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www.nlsinfonia.org

‘A long-established, intrepid and friendly amateur orchestra based in North Finchley, North London. We are open to musicians of all ages (no audition required) ... We give the opportunity to play to anyone who has enthusiasm and commitment! The orchestra currently includes active and retired professionals, accomplished amateurs, people returning to their instrument after a break and even people who originally began learning their instrument as an adut ...  if you feel that you can read and play well enough to contribute to the orchestra, please sit in on a rehearsal and see how it works out. All we ask is that players make a commitment to come to the weekly rehearsals, and to practise when they can ... We generally play more adventurous repertoire than a typical community orchestra and each concert includes a concerto with a (generally young) professional soloist.‘

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www.owco.org.uk

‘Consists of local musicians who play classical music concerts in south Leicester ... Musically, it has always been an important feature of the Civic Orchestra’s programmes to perform a really wide-ranging choice of music. Each season the repertoire includes established masterpieces, new works and popular programmes such as Viennese and "Prom" concerts. It is hoped to continue performing a similarly eclectic repertoire in future events.'

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oxfordstudioorchestra.org.uk

Founded 1967: ‘Gives concerts about three times a year ... We are a friendly group of players who enjoy rehearsing and performing a wide variety of orchestral works. Although there are no formal auditions, we aim to perform to a high standard ... Some of our players are accomplished musicians who learnt to play as children or teenagers, while some started learning their instruments as adults, and others resumed their playing after having given up for a while. All welcome the opportunity to play orchestral music, improve their own playing and continue learning about music. We often give opportunities to local young soloists to perform concertos with us and have performed a number of works written by local composers. We also collaborate with groups of singers. We are open to players of all ages, although most of our members are adults’.

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www.palaceband.org.uk

‘A large open-access woodwind ensemble, which aims to give intermediate adult players the experience of playing in a larger ensemble and at the same time improving intonation, sight-reading and ensemble skills. The Band now comprises about 45 regular players and there are also many opportunities for playing in chamber groups. The band takes its name from Alexandra Palace in North London, which is adjacent to the Community Centre where the band rehearses, on alternate Sunday mornings. There are no auditions, and the band has a relaxed and open ethos. The music is arranged in a four-part flexible format, which gives a choice of parts for the flutes and clarinets. There are parts for B flat soprano, alto and bass clarinets, all four saxophones and French horn. The more advanced and adventurous players also have the opportunity to play concerto movements occasionally.’

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www.pellyorchestra.co.uk

‘The Pelly Concert Orchestra, based on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire, gives four or five concerts a year, with more than 40 experienced players of all ages ... Our repertoire covers a wide range of music, which includes well-known classical works, music from stage, screen, radio and TV ... We believe that everyone who belongs to an orchestra should derive the greatest enjoyment from their contribution to the music being played. Rehearsals are not only an opportunity to improve playing and ensemble skills while learning more about the music being played, they are also fun.’

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petersfieldorchestra.org.uk

‘Our aim is to provide our members with challenging, rewarding and enjoyable music to rehearse, leading to participation in memorable concerts. We give three concerts a year in November, March and June, with the March concert forming part of the Petersfield Musical Festival.’

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www.porthcawlorchestra.co.uk

‘Founded in May 2013, we play a wide variety of music and perform regularly. In addition to orchestral performances, we have connections with other local groups which often provide further opportunities for members of the orchestra. We require that you are at least of Grade 4 standard before joining us and that you own your own instrument. A short term instrument loan may be available in some cases. We welcome people from all walks of life in the orchestra, including students, adult returners and professional musicians.’

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www.theportobelloorchestra.co.uk

‘Began in 1973 as an evening class at Kensington Adult Education Institute ... In June 2000 the orchestra became an independent registered charity and since then has managed its affairs through a committee elected by the members ... There are no auditions for membership. Some sections of the orchestra are over subscribed ... The easiest way to join us is to come to a rehearsal ... The Portobello Orchestra ... meets weekly in term time for rehearsals ... and gives three or four public concerts a year. The distinctive ethos of the orchestra is its friendliness and openness to all who are enthusiastic about playing music, including those with limited experience of orchestral playing.’

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www.portsmouthphilharmonic.org

‘Established in March 2009, initially named the "Portsmouth Philharmonia" by a small group of amateur musicians wanting to rehearse together on a regular basis. We have since grown in numbers and established a strong position within the local community. Locally known as the "Sunday Orchestra" or the "Charity Orchestra" we're currently the most active orchestra in Portsmouth.’

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www.prudhoecommunityband.co.uk

'This Concert Band 'has 50+ players of all ages and abilities and welcomes new members particularly younger players .... We play a wide range of music from simple but fun pieces, to challenging classical scores. Whatever your style we are bound to have a piece you enjoy playing. Many younger players have developed their abilities whilst playing in the band and have gone on to study music in higher education and achieve very high standards. We play at various venues throughout the year culminating in our annual concert'.

Visits to the Website115
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www.pvo.org.uk

‘A vibrant amateur community orchestra based in Pulham Market, Norfolk open to all local players. No audition is required to join, although you do need some sight-reading ability. Occasionally, we may ask players to join a waiting list as some orchestral sections are full. Regrettably, as with many orchestral societies, it is necessary to charge an annual subscription ... The orchestra gives three or four concerts a year, and programmes cover a wide range of classical music. We also run very successful "Come and Play Days" once or twice a year. The Pulham Orchestra also supports a biennial weekend of study and rehearsal with guest conductors and tutors, held by the Waveney Valley Orchestral Workshop.’

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www.theredditchorchestra.co.uk

Established in 1948: ‘The Orchestra is made up of 35 members and it is enlarged for concerts to 40-50 players depending on the programme ... Orchestra repertoire is varied, but mainly comes from the classical, romantic and early twentieth century. The programmes are designed to be interesting and a challenge for players to rehearse, to attract an audience and to be financially viable in terms of music hire, copyright and soloist's fees.’

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www.richmondshireorchestra.org.uk

'This community orchestra seeks to perform to a high standard, and gives three concerts a year ... Entry is open to all string players, but places for wind and brass players depend on the balance of forces available.'

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roadeorchestra.com

'We are a community orchestra based in Roade, Northants. We welcome musicians of all ages and abilities without audition. We play a wide range of music and perform 3 to 4 concerts a year. Members of the orchestra attend from all over Northants.'

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rodingplayers.co.uk

‘Formed in 1991 by two local schoolteachers (Paul Servis and Tim Litchfield) who spotted a gap in the community for amateur musicians of differing levels of ability ... The idea was that there would be no daunting entrance auditions, with membership being open to anyone who can play a musical instrument, read music to a reasonable level and is willing to learn. Over time, the Orchestra has remained true to this founding principle and has provided people of all ages with somewhere to develop their skills and make the most of the talent they have ... The Orchestra is a happy blend where stronger players mix with others of lesser ability, where everyone helps each other and no-one is made to feel inadequate or out of their depth.’

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rwborchestra.wordpress.com

‘A friendly, fully inclusive orchestra since 1982 ... welcoming members from all walks of life, of all ages. Several of our members have been with the Orchestra for more than 25 years! Younger players often come and go, joining from school, leaving when they enter further education, but rejoining us as guests or full time players when they return to the area. We play a range of music centred around two major concerts a year and an open rehearsal.’

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www.rustyplayersoundle.org.uk

‘Do you, or did you, play a musical instrument? Has it been too long in its case? Fancy playing with the RPO? (Not quite up to the Royal Philharmonic, but OK?) No auditions, no blame for wrong notes, and hardly any cost! Most instruments are well-represented, though a couple more in each string department  would be welcome ...’

Visits to the Website79
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www.saturdaymorningorchestra.co.uk

'We are a friendly, very informal amateur orchestra that meets on Saturday mornings from 10:00am - 12:15pm to enjoy playing classical music. All ages and abilities are welcome. Music is arranged to suit ability with help and encouragement given by the more experienced musicians. We hold three concerts a year for family and friends with the Easter concert in aid of an agreed charity.'

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semitones-newcastle.webs.com

‘We are an enthusiastic and flexible group of players of various ages and musical abilities. The aim of the group is to bring live music to hospices, nursing homes and sheltered accommodation in the Newcastle area. We play anything we enjoy – as long as the joy is infectious ... Our programmes contain classical and popular music, folk tunes and songs to which the audience sing along. We go to great lengths in ensuring the audience enjoys the music we play and that the repertoire of music in the programme is suitable ... Our group consists of singers, and players (12+) of mostly classical instruments such as violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone and piano or keyboard. If you play an instrument at grade 3 level or higher and you are interested in playing with Semitones, please contact us.’

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sites.google.com/site/shaftesburyorchestra/

‘A group of amateur musicians who rehearse in term times on Monday nights at Port Regis School, Motcombe, near Shaftesbury ... We end each term with a concert at Port Regis. Entry to concerts is free, with a retiring collection for local charities ... We aim to steadily improve our standard, while at the same time enjoying ourselves!’

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www.sherbornecommunityorchestra.org.uk

‘Founded in 1997 as a rehearsal orchestra for amateur musicians from Sherborne, Dorset, and the surrounding areas. It meets four times a year, the fourth session including an informal public concert. The orchestra is around fifty strong, with a professional conductor and leader. Concerto soloists are often taken from members of the orchestra. New members are always welcome, especially string and percussion players. As a guide, players should have reached Associated Board grade V or above.’

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www.vivaorch.co.uk

‘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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www.skiptoncommunityorchestra.org.uk

'Set up in January 2012 to provide an opportunity for people to come along and play music together and hopefully make a reasonable sound.  We are open to all abilities; some people are just learning a musical instrument while others are experienced players who have not picked up their instruments for a long while. The emphasis is on having fun ...'

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www.slo-skye.org.uk

'Amateur orchestra, the members of which come from the Isle of Skye and in Lochalsh. Thus it serves a area of about 1000 sq. miles, with a population of only 13,000 ... There are two concerts a year ... Membership of the orchestra is open to anyone who can play an orchestral instrument from grade 4 and above and new members are welcome. (Difficult parts can usually be edited to suit the player, if necessary.) ... There is also a Skye & Lochalsh Schools' Orchestra the members of which are drawn from the area's primary and secondary schools, and some of these talented young players also play in the main orchestra.'

Visits to the Website115
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solentconcertorchestra.org.uk

‘We are a group of amateur musicians from the Southampton area.  The aims of the orchestra are to give enjoyment and practice to its members, to encourage musicians to join and obtain higher musical standards and to bring music to audiences in Marchwood and beyond ... During the year we perform three or four concerts with a wide repertoire, from classical to light modern which includes symphonies and concertos.’ ALERT ‘Following the separation of Marchwood Orchestra and Marchwood Prelude, and after careful consideration it has been agreed that from 1st July, 2018 Marchwood Orchestra will be known as Solent Concert Orchestra.’

Visits to the Website9
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