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The Category Light Orchestras is a subset of Orchestras and Bands. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all of the Light Orchestras which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Orchestra’s Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Light Orchestras do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Hale Light Orchestra

- Lanarkshire Cecilian Orchestra

- Monmouth Concert Orchestra

- Norwich Pops Orchestra

- West Midland Light Orchestra

 

! Light Orchestras KEY
VISITS (to the Website)3
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)17

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

+ Alsager Light Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)147
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)255
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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

+ Andover Light Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)136
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)309

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

+ BBC Concert Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)157
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)239
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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

+ BBC Elstree Concert Band
VISITS (to the Website)126
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)174
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals
+ British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)86
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)193
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘With around 60 members, the Cambridge Concert Orchestra has been making music and making it fun since 1967. We have a reputation for being one of the friendliest orchestras in Cambridge, taking music into the community while striving to meet a high standard of musicianship. We enjoy playing a wide repertoire of light orchestral music, some of which was donated to us in our early days by Charles Shadwell (formerly of the BBC Variety Orchestra). Our ethos is to provide music for everyone and we welcome the opportunity to use our concerts to raise money for good causes ... As well as performing in large venues ... we really enjoy taking our music directly into the community by playing to smaller audiences in churches, community centres, fêtes etc. in Cambridge and its surrounding villages, as it is important to us that as many people as possible have the opportunity to hear live music.’

+ Cambridge Concert Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)97
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)188
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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

+ Clacton Concert Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)116
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)347
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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

+ Community Light Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)128
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)312
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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

+ Exmouth Light Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)229
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)386
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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

+ Fylde Concert Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)116
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)304
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded 1917: ‘We are a community orchestra made up of people of all ages and musical abilities ... with sponsorship from the Heart of England Co-operative Society ... We perform around six concerts a year to bring live, light classical music to people of Coventry and Warwickshire ... Our repertoire is usually well-known light classical pieces together with marches, overtures and film pieces ... Potential new members are welcome to come and join in with our orchestra or just watch rehearsals’.

+ Heart of England Co-operative Concert Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)69
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)121
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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

+ John Wilson Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)103
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)157
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A unique organisation, founded by Rossi Dusheva and Ivelina Dusheva-Martial in 2014. That year the orchestra performed its first local concert in Notting Hill to great enthusiasm from our audiences ... Our Orchestra focuses on music from film and television, and on occasion also performs other genres, such as jazz studio orchestra arrangements ... Membership is subject to audition, however it is quite informal. There is a range of musical abilities within the orchestra, and playing standards tend to be roughly Grade 7 and 8.’ Formerly entitled the Notting Hill Film Orchestra.

+ London Film Music Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)76
Also indexedNotting Hill Film Orchestra
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)129
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The world's only professional orchestra dedicated to performing musical theatre repertoire. LMTO produces spectacular concerts of musicals in major London venues with our full orchestra and world class soloists. The orchestra is formed of musicians who love musicals - most of whom are established professionals, but a quarter of whom are always young developing professionals. Since LMTO's public launch in June 2016, the orchestra has performed at iconic central London venues such as the London Palladium, the Lyceum Theatre and Cadogan Hall to sell-out crowds and rave five-star reviews. LMTO is a charity, and we receive financial support from a number of philanthropic sources ... Whether you’re a musical theatre fan, a performer wanting to join the fun or simply someone who wants to know more, this is the place for you.‘

+ London Musical Theatre Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)81
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)80

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

+ Luton Concert Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)124
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)286
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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

+ Macclesfield Light Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)111
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)319

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

+ Marlborough Concert Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)110
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)319
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘First formed in 1903 ... Has over 30 members covering a broad age range. An extensive repertoire of light music is performed and includes light classical works, music from the shows, ballet music and contemporary easy listening pieces.’

+ Northampton Concert Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)51
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)101
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘An amateur orchestra which meets weekly to play a mixture of classical and light music. The orchestra currently numbers about forty players. We play in a relaxed environment essentially for our own enjoyment, working towards at least one public concert each term.‘

+ Poole Light Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)40
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)199
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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

+ Port Sunlight Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)181
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)374

’Recognising the enjoyment people have when listening to light orchestral music, the Promenade Concert Orchestra was formed in 2007, by professional clarinettist, Howard Rogerson, to provide the opportunity for Morecambe and the Bay area to also enjoy such music. The Promenade Concert Orchestra has developed a highly acclaimed and successful series of concerts at the Platform in Morecambe and has subsequently taken programmes to places such as Grange-over-Sands, Settle, Ribble Valley, Chorley and Lancaster Grand Theatre.‘

+ Promenade Concert Orchestra of Morecambe
VISITS (to the Website)76
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)119
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We welcome players of usual and unusual orchestral instruments of all ages and abilities and seek to provide them with suitable parts to contribute to the whole "RALO sound". So do not hesitate to come along with your guitar or keyboard ...... there will be something significant for you to play.’

+ Rochdale Amateur Light Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)117
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)338

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

+ Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)139
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)233
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The last remaining professional seaside orchestra, The Scarborough Spa Orchestra continue a seaside tradition that dates back to 1912 ... with nine concerts every week ... Where else could you go to recline in a deck-chair, listen to world-class performances of music and look out across a sandy beach and to the sea? In the evening sit in the fabulous Grand Hall and, during the interval, meet members of the orchestra as you enjoy a drink and relax to the sound of the waves on the shore ... The Spa Orchestra was created in 1912 by Alick Maclean. This first ensemble of 35 professional musicians gave daily concerts in the Grand Hall and Suncourt. Concert programmes included music from the classical repertoire, Viennese waltzes, operettas, and popular songs of the day. This unique musical tradition has been continued by Musical Directors since Maclean including Max Jaffa between 1960 and 1986.‘ Early June - Mid September.

+ Scarborough Spa Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)39
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)128
MULTIPLE Concerts and Recitals

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

+ Shrewsbury Light Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)105
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)363
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Sillars Orchestra plays a wide range of great works, predominantly "light music", and we play every piece in the belief that the musical experience should be enjoyable. We offer every amateur musician who seeks the opportunity for self improvement the chance to play their chosen instrument in a fun and sociable setting. The orchestra is formed of string, woodwind, brass and percussion.’ The Orchestra was founded in 1926 by John Archibald "Archie" Sillars.

+ Sillars Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)91
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)115

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

+ Stratford Festival Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)111
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)164
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Comprises a mix of amateur, semi-pro and professional players, who enjoy a wide repertoire of classical and light music, ranging from baroque concerti to "songs from the shows" - our library contains over 1000 items. At present it tends to put on 3-4 concerts per year ...  It is almost always looking for new members, on almost any instrument, but strings are particularly welcome. Those unable to commit to weekly rehearsals ... are also welcome to join us on an “occasional” basis. We enjoy working with young players, either those wanting to gain experience in orchestral playing, or those seeking to play a solo piece with the orchestra (a movement from a concerto, for example).’

+ Thanet Light Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)21
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)40
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

The Film Orchestra is the UK’s (& probably the world’s) 1st amateur orchestra to perform ONLY original music for film, TV & video games. Originally a rehearsal orchestra, bringing all ages together to enjoy playing original screen music, TfO has expanded with the addition of graded orchestras, wind bands, jazz bands, chamber ensembles, workshops and events to enjoy and promote the work of the film composer. With a growing network of musician members aged from 8 to 80+ and featuring professional musicians alongside enthusiastic amateurs, TfO truly brings together enthusiasts from across the spectrum of music making.’

+ The Film Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)63
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)150

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

+ The Light Orchestra G.B.
VISITS (to the Website)108
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)193
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a community orchestra based in Milton Keynes performing light orchestral music for the local community and to raise money for charities ... We aim to perform three or four concerts a year and including a sell-out Christmas concert.’

+ Wolverton Light Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)4
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)22
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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

+ York Light Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)115
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)293
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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

~ Light Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)138
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)256

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