A-Z of CATEGORIES

Categories
Hide map

Abingdon and District Music Society has been making music since 1946. We are a mixed voice choir and a full symphony orchestra. We are led by professional musicians ... The choir has about 70 singers. We don’t audition but ask you to just come along and see how you fit in. The orchestra has around 40 regular members with strong strings and wind sections. We bring in additional players where needed for concerts. Orchestral players are auditioned by a trial period in the orchestra.’

Visits to the Website81
Views of Full Record136

'Widely recognised as one of the leading community orchestras in the UK. Dating back to 1898 and originally known as the Keighley and District Orchestral Society, its name was changed to the Airedale Symphony Orchestra in 1982 ... Since 1982, the ASO has built up a high reputation for its performances, largely playing to near capacity audiences ... They regularly receive excellent reviews in the local and national press.'

Visits to the Website133
Views of Full Record227

'The Alderley Edge Orchestra is one of the friendliest in the North West. Established in 1922 ... we give three concerts each year ... In June 2015, we launched a new joint venture with the Alderley Edge Festival: a highly successful Gala Concert when four past winners of ther respective sections played pieces of their choice with the orchestra. We also hold a full-day Workshop each year to explore and perform larger scale compositions.'

Visits to the Website125
Views of Full Record188

‘An amateur orchestra based in Reading, Berkshire. It’s named after the founder of Reading Blue Coat School, Richard Aldworth ... We present three concerts per year, plus occasional extra concerts, workshops and events. This isn’t unusual, but we do think that we are a little different from other orchestras. We try to be adventurous with our programming of a wide range of styles from a variety of periods and composers, trying less-known works alongside the popular classics. We especially love performing music by living composers, and have commissioned nearly 5 hours of new music from our young composers award winners over the last 15 years.’

Visits to the Website69
Views of Full Record103

‘Aims to become one of London's leading amateur orchestras. A City of London orchestra formed in 2011, in July 2017 we performed our debut at St John's Smith Square with Mahler Symphony No 1 ("Titan"). Our members include advanced amateur and professional musicians, and we are actively welcoming applications ... Members must be adults. Strings should be about Grade 7+ standard or equivalent. Woodwinds and brass must be Grade 8+. There is no audition ... Membership will be granted after a two-rehearsal probationary period, after the Conductor and Leader (or section leader) are satisfied as to the applicant’s suitability.’

Visits to the Website57
Views of Full Record168

'Founded in 1969 by Dr. David Humphreys, a Physician in the Birmingham General Hospital where the orchestra originally rehearsed. However, following refurbishment of the General, our orchestra needed to move and we now rehearse in the Medical School of the University of Birmingham in Edgbaston.Although the orchestra has a "medical" origin and we are based within the Medical School, we welcome players from anywhere. You do not have to be "medical" or a member of the Medical School or the University to join us ... The title of the orchestra derives from the ancient Greek healer Asklepios (Ἀσκληπιός, Latin form Aesculapius) ...'

Visits to the Website155
Views of Full Record330

‘Founded in 1949 by Charles Pope, a former teacher at Aylesbury Grammar School, who was a major figure in local music ... We have over 50 players ... who come together to perform, improve their musical ability, and spend time with like minded musicians ... We perform four concerts a year in Aylesbury ... The Charles Pope Memorial Trust is a grant awarding, charitable body, operating in the Aylesbury Vale area for the benefit of music students of all ages.‘

Also indexedCharles Pope Memorial Trust
Visits to the Website72
Views of Full Record175

'We rehearse through each school term to perform 3 symphony orchestra concerts each year. Our smaller chamber orchestra concerts are typically in May each year.'

Visits to the Website175
Views of Full Record388

‘A very friendly amateur orchestra based in North London. We give musicians the opportunity to play and perform classical music in a fun and sociable setting. We aim for high standards but we firmly believe that playing music should always be enjoyable. The orchestra performs three concerts a year, usually December, March and July and always welcomes new players.’

Visits to the Website84
Views of Full Record180

‘Formed in 1930 by local musicians for the enjoyment of making music through rehearsals and concerts. For over 60 years we were the only symphony orchestra to perform regularly in Basingstoke. The Anvil has transformed the musical scene in Basingstoke and we are now one of the many symphony orchestras who enjoy the Anvil's wonderful acoustics - likened by one expert to “an Italian courtyard in summer”. The high standard of presentation achieved by the BSO, coupled with the Anvil's acoustics and facilities means that we have been able to attract many top name soloists to perform with the orchestra over the past few years.’ At Review, Website ‘temporarily unavailable’; changed Link to Facebook Page.

Visits to the Website54
Views of Full Record103

'One of the leading professional orchestras in the South West. Its players are some of the finest and most experienced orchestral musicians in Britain ... The orchestra is renowned for its musical virtuosity as well as versatile and creative approach to programming. Learning and participation is at the heart of everything the orchestra does. Our Creative Learning team work with children in primary and secondary school settings, and Bath Phil is the leading orchestra in the UK for delivery of open access music projects to Young Carers ...'

Visits to the Website135
Views of Full Record283

‘Founded in 1948. It is made up of over sixty playing members, with a minimum entry requirement of grade 8 standard. Extra players are brought in for balance and strengthening as appropriate for larger scale works, for example to form expanded wind sections. The orchestra is strictly an amateur orchestra catering for music teachers and professionals in other walks of life from the Bath area, all of whom are committed to achieving the highest possible musical standards and to performing challenging symphonic programmes. The Orchestra normally gives three symphony concerts a year, using venues in and around Bath.’

Visits to the Website76
Views of Full Record110

‘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 ...’

Visits to the Website129
Views of Full Record202

'Both a broadcast orchestra and the national symphony orchestra of Wales ... Orchestra-in-Residence at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall and performs a busy schedule of live concerts throughout Wales and the UK. Nearly all the Orchestra’s performances can be heard on the BBC, and they regularly perform at the BBC Proms and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. The Orchestra’s Learning team strive to make classical music accessible, they are also the UK’s foremost soundtrack orchestra, working Doctor Who and War and Peace, among others. Formed in 1983, the BBC National Chorus of Wales is one of the leading large mixed choruses in the UK ... BBC NCW enjoys a close performing and recording relationship with the BBC NOW.'

Visits to the Website134
Views of Full Record247

'A broadcasting orchestra based in Salford. It performs at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, tours the North of England, and welcomes audiences in its recording studio at MediaCityUK.'

Visits to the Website142
Views of Full Record230

‘Formed in December 1935, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is Scotland’s national broadcasting orchestra and performs to large and enthusiastic audiences in venues throughout the country. It has been at the heart of the nation’s cultural life for many years and has a well-earned reputation for its creative ambition, its pioneering spirit and wide range of repertoire. It maintains a busy schedule of broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Television, and Online.‘

Visits to the Website83
Views of Full Record179

'The BBC Symphony Orchestra has played a central role at the heart of British musical life since it was founded in 1930. It provides the backbone of the BBC Proms, performing around a dozen concerts in the festival each year ...  It performs an annual season of concerts at the Barbican, where it is Associate Orchestra ... Each year the Chorus performs in approximately six concerts between October and May with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Hall in London, and in five or six of the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall between July and September, usually including the First and Last Nights at the Royal Albert Hall. The Chorus also gives some concerts on its own and with other orchestras at other UK venues and abroad.'

Visits to the Website102
Views of Full Record168

Bedfordshire Symphony Orchestra ‘The BSO ... is a larger group of 80-90 local players of all ages, including talented young musicians. Its programme is diverse and includes major symphonies and concertos’ ... The Bedford Sinfonia  ‘The widely acclaimed performing standard of this orchestra is the result of the talent and enthusiasm of its members and the skilled direction of its founder, Michael Rose. Membership is by invitation. It specialises in programming chamber orchestra works, wind ensemble and string orchestra items and a healthy selection of 20th century pieces.’

Also indexedBedfordshire Orchestral Society | Bedford Sinfonia
Visits to the Website118
Views of Full Record241

‘Founded in 2015, Bishop Stortford’s Sinfonia gives Bishop’s Stortford something that very few small towns can boast, orchestral concerts of truly professional standard. Drawing from the core of excellent professional and semi-professional musicians living locally, the reputation of the orchestra has quickly spread and now many superb musicians travel from far and wide to join the Sinfonia for their concerts ... Sustaining an orchestra on the scale of Bishop’s Stortford Sinfonia is a massive ongoing challenge. Our players already support the orchestra by accepting fees that are only a fraction of the professional rates to play with us, but even then, the costs of bringing this many musicians together, music hire, instrument hire, venue hire, advertising and insurance cannot be met by ticket sales alone. We therefore urgently need further funding if the orchestra is going to be able to continue ...’

Visits to the Website90
Views of Full Record164

‘One of the leading amateur orchestras in the North West. We attract players locally and across the north-west and work with professional conductors and soloists to achieve a high standard of performance.’

Visits to the Website80
Views of Full Record143

'Brings together able local players and exceptional soloists to perform major orchestral masterpieces and other works of musical interest. Our soloists have included local musicians, sectional leaders from within the orchestra and students from Chetham's School of Music. The orchestra also believes it has a role in developing players and audiences for the future. Collaborating with local arts organisations and running educational outreach projects is an important part of this work.'

Visits to the Website110
Views of Full Record288

‘A non-profit organisation which performs a wide selection of ambitious music. The Orchestra performs around six concerts per year. Formed in 1993, the BSO calls on a total of up to 150 musicians to make up the required format for its concerts ... ... Programmes are designed to suit all tastes, from contemporary commissioned works to the popular delights of the New Year concert.’

Visits to the Website65
Views of Full Record119

‘Founded in June 1996 by Stephen Maher to give a platform to local professional-standard, top-rate musicians to provide classical music for people of Boston and surrounding areas, to accompany local choral societies and also encourage young talented musicians to play to a professional standard ... The orchestra players database currently has over 90 musicians on the list. The size of the orchestra for concerts varies, depending on the venue and the music to be played, and can be as few as 25 or as many as 65.'

Visits to the Website120
Views of Full Record298

'The only UK symphony orchestra not based in a major city, the BSO defines what it means to be an orchestra serving a whole region whilst maintaining important national and international significance ... both at our home venue at the Lighthouse in Poole and at venues throughout the South and South West, not least as the major provider of symphonic scale concerts to the cities of Bristol, Exeter and Portsmouth.'

Visits to the Website135
Views of Full Record185

Established in 1979: ‘It is a blend of professional players, instrumental teachers and talented amateurs from across South Wales and the Marches. They come together for four concerts a year, usually in Brecon but sometimes in other venues. The Orchestra is run by a committee of its members.There is an active social and fund raising group, the "Friends of Brecknock Sinfonia", which supports the Orchestra financially, and helps to raise its profile’.

Visits to the Website132
Views of Full Record443

'One of London’s oldest and best known amateur orchestras – we celebrated our 100th birthday in 2011. We aim for high standards of musicianship, at the same time as having fun and enjoying making music. At present, we have around 50 regular members and we are hoping to grow even larger. We are based in Kensal Green and perform four concerts a year.'

Visits to the Website156
Views of Full Record250

Brentwood Philharmonic is Brentwood's community orchestra and plays an exciting and varied repertoire. New players of a high standard are always welcome.’

Visits to the Website60
Views of Full Record114

'Berkhamsted's own local orchestra. Formed of local professional musicians, the orchestra has been enriching the cultural life of Hertfordshire since 1997 ... The orchestra draws on the wealth of professional musicianship in the locality and also aims to offer performing opportunities for young student musicians on the threshold of their careers ... Offers symphonic concerts of the highest calibre, covering a wide spectrum of styles and periods, the great classics as well as unfamiliar and new works especially by British composers.'

Visits to the Website151
Views of Full Record321

'Brings together both amateur and professional musicians from Bridgnorth and the surrounding area. At present we rehearse on Sunday afternoons, once a month in St John the Evangelist church hall. The orchestra was originally founded ... in 2009 and in June 2012 we gave our first public concert ... to a large and appreciative audience. Our aim is to promote music in Bridgnorth and share our love of making music with the town.' ALERT Website inaccessible at Review; replaced Link with one to Facebook Page.

Visits to the Website115
Views of Full Record247

‘Brighton & Hove’s professional orchestra, which performs an annual season of Sunday afternoon concerts at Brighton Dome ... The BPO’s aim is to provide enjoyable, varied, professional concerts at affordable prices. In order to do this the orchestra relies on the support of its parent organisation, the Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society, a registered charity comprising the “Friends of the Philharmonic”.’

Visits to the Website89
Views of Full Record127

‘One of Bristol’s largest and most versatile orchestras, playing mainly symphonic and large-scale choral repertoire. In recent years ... the orchestra has built up an excellent reputation, performing in Bristol’s main concert venues with top national and international soloists, attracting critical acclaim.’

Visits to the Website51
Views of Full Record119

A flourishing and thriving amateur ensemble with a well-established reputation for excellence, the Orchestra's players come from all parts of Bristol and its environs and share one important thing - a passion for music. The full orchestra performs at least three concerts annually, principally at St. George's Bristol where it regularly attracts large audiences. String and wind groups also perform chamber music for different occasions, including charitable events.’

Visits to the Website63
Views of Full Record133

‘Founded in January 2016, Bristol Symphony is a new and exciting young orchestra for the City comprised of dynamic and talented players from across the region ... We work with a variety of established and emerging soloists, and with non-classical artists, from time to time. Bristol Symphony performs a core of three major concerts each year at a variety of venues ... Warmth, friendliness and a democratic approach characterise our outlook. We enjoy each other’s company, and support and develop one another’s playing ... Our aim is to rehearse and perform to the highest standard we can achieve, and to communicate the joy we have in making music to as wide an audience as possible.’

Visits to the Website29
Views of Full Record72

‘For over twenty five years The British Police Symphony Orchestra has delighted audiences up and down the country. Drawing its members from across the police forces of the UK players are all either serving or retired police officers, police staff or other members of the extended police family. A unique organisation providing musical enjoyment for all and a fine ambassador the British Police Service.’

Visits to the Website35
Views of Full Record77

‘Founded after the First World War, and has developed into one of the most distinguished non-professional orchestras in the country. It has earned a high reputation for concerts of professional standard. Over the years, the BSO has worked with very many internationally famous musicians, including Sir Adrian Boult, Norman Del Mar, Albert Sammons, Dennis Brain, Kathleen Ferrier, Paul Tortelier, Ralph Holmes, Hugh Bean, Emma Johnson, Leslie Howard, Janice Watson and Sir Donald McIntyre.’

Visits to the Website61
Views of Full Record118

‘The Orchestra was founded in 1979 as the Martlets Sinfonietta ... In 1985 the Orchestra ... became the Burgess Hill Sinfonietta ... The title “Sinfonietta” no longer does justice to the orchestra’s size and repertoire, so in 2000 we changed our name to the Burgess Hill Symphony Orchestra ... Three concerts per year in May, June and November, plus an extra informal concert for our patrons which is usually in March.’

Visits to the Website47
Views of Full Record72

'Burnley Orchestra is alive and well and is within a few years of celebrating its Centenary, We encourage all budding young musicians, all those lapsed older musicians who’d like to be playing again and anyone else who plays an orchestral instrument to come along and sample the joy of being a part of a big group of like-minded people ...'

Visits to the Website105
Views of Full Record286

’Since 1975, the BSO has been bringing live, high quality orchestral music to Bushey. In the early days the orchestra was financially supported by Hertsmere Council, but like so much arts funding, this was cut several years ago. We currently promote a series of five concerts per year and have an annual turnover of approximately £25,000. Over recent years, concerts have become extremely costly events to mount; music societies are finding sufficient funding a major challenge at the moment and the Bushey Symphony Orchestra is no different ... (There are) a number of ways in which you might support the BSO - please consider doing this and help us plan a bright and exciting future for this wonderful orchestra.'

Visits to the Website121
Views of Full Record290

‘Formed in 1996 ... presenting high quality concerts in North East Wales ... Without a “fixed” membership or set weekly rehearsals, our players come together for only a few rehearsals before each concert. This gives us the flexibility to provide any size of orchestra to suit the repertoire we play or to fit into any venue.’

Visits to the Website82
Views of Full Record131

‘Founded in 1887, is one of Britain’s oldest and most distinguished music societies. With a full symphony orchestra and a large chorus, the Cambridge Philharmonic presents an annual concert series in King’s College Chapel, Ely Cathedral and the West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge.’

Visits to the Website91
Views of Full Record137

‘One of London's leading non-professional orchestras ... CSO seeks to combine the familiar staples of the classical and romantic repertoire with less well-known and more challenging works. Founded as Camden Chamber Orchestra, we rebranded as Camden Symphony Orchestra in 2013 to reflect the orchestra's size and repertoire. Consisting of around 60 regular players ... we perform three major orchestral concerts a year, as well as performing regularly with our friends at Islington Choral Society. While the orchestra takes its music making seriously, striving for ever higher standards, we also pride ourselves on our friendly, inclusive environment with a vibrant social scene.’

Visits to the Website70
Views of Full Record101

‘Founded in 1953, The Canterbury Orchestra is a thriving group of enthusiastic players who regularly tackle major works from the symphonic repertoire ... Canterbury Orchestra normally performs 3 concerts each year, mostly at the University of Kent's prestigious Colyer-Fergusson Hall ... Over the past few years, the orchestra has encouraged good young players to join and the membership currently includes a wide range of ages, from school pupils to seasoned musicians who have been playing with the orchestra for over 30 years: a productive blend of youth and experience. The young players form a mobile population, so it follows that there are occasional vacancies, particularly in the brass and string sections, and talented players are always welcome.‘

Visits to the Website92
Views of Full Record148

'CPO is recognised as one of Wales's foremost non-professional orchestras, with a reputation for a wide ranging repertoire from film music and light classics to major works.'

Visits to the Website142
Views of Full Record339

’Formed in Autumn 2015 by a group of friends, the Central London Orchestra (CLO) is a dynamic amateur orchestra for players to share their passion for classical music in a fun and relaxed setting ... We are a very friendly and open orchestra suited to a range of abilities from those who may be feeling rusty and want a warm place to feel confident and comfortable, to those who can hit the first notes of Don Juan to perfection and want to be a part of a friendly orchestra focused on the joy in making music.‘

Visits to the Website38
Views of Full Record86

‘Malvern’s own fine amateur orchestra ... Its membership, drawn from all over the Midlands region, now exceeds one hundred players ... The Orchestra rehearses intensively over two consecutive weekends culminating in a concert on the second Sunday. The Orchestra is committed to continuous improvement and with this aim we hold one-day workshops, and a Young Musician Competition, to provide opportunities for up-and-coming performers.  There is always a place for musicians of a high standard, particularly in the strings, so if you are interested in joining the Orchestra (auditions are not necessary, but grade 8 is advisable) please contact us.’

Visits to the Website46
Views of Full Record75

‘A leading and successful fundraising ensemble based on the South Coast of England. The orchestra draws players from across the region and beyond from a pool of nearly 200 musicians from amateur and professional backgrounds. Everyone involved with the orchestra, players and management, donate their time and skill to the goal of raising as much money as possible for deserving causes. The orchestra is very sociable, providing an opportunity for members to keep in touch with friends and meet new people. It is a humbling experience to work with so many talented and enthusiastic musicians.’

Visits to the Website19
Views of Full Record74

'The Orchestra is made up of sixty regular musicians, most of whom live in the villages of Charnwood as well as Leicester, Loughborough and the environs. Since its founding it has been a focal point for local musical talent, and today attracts players of all ages who perform together with genuine enthusiasm and musicality.'

Visits to the Website97
Views of Full Record246

‘The Cheltenham Philharmonic Society was founded in 1895 “…for the purpose of bringing to the notice of the Cheltenham musical public, works which had not been performed in the town, or were but little known.” Cheltenham Philharmonic Orchestra concert programmes aim to stay true to this aim in combination with popular repertoire well known to our loyal audience ... New members, who can play to a good standard, are always welcome, subject to vacancies. There is no formal audition, but there is an informal assessment period of four weeks for you and us to decide whether we are suited.‘

Visits to the Website46
Views of Full Record114

‘We are an ensemble of committed and experienced amateur, student and professional musicians ... We play a huge variety of classical pieces throughout the year in various venues in and around Gloucestershire ... The Orchestra gives about six concerts each year ... The Orchestra regularly performs with young musicians. We perform concertos with the Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year ... From time to time the orchestra has vacancies and needs extras and deputies.’

Also indexedGloucestershire Young Musician of the Year
Visits to the Website64
Views of Full Record84

‘Founded in 1884, is one of the premier non-professional orchestras in North West England. We strive to perform music from a wide repertoire which will appeal to playing members and audiences alike.The CPO is a registered charity, is self-funding through member subscriptions, Box Office receipts from concerts and occasional fundraising activities. Sponsorship is also sought and we would be very pleased to hear from any organisations that wish to sponsor us. The orchestra originally known as the Chester Orchestral Society, has a large playing membership and welcomes competent musicians who wish to contribute to the musical life of Chester and its environs.’

Visits to the Website62
Views of Full Record104

'Founded in 1982 to provide orchestral music for Chesterfield and the surrounding area. Beginning with a group of just fifteen the orchestra has flourished into a group of almost fifty permanent players. Its aim is to provide a wide range of orchestral music and concerts, devised to attract as many music lovers as possible, provide a range of music from popular to serious in carefully planned programmes and at the same time give its members the chance to enjoy becoming familiar with repertoire.'

Visits to the Website98
Views of Full Record311

‘The Chichester Symphony Orchestra has been part of the musical life of Chichester for many years.  As a highly regarded amateur orchestra, we aim to provide exciting and memorable concerts for the community and surrounding areas. We are an amateur orchestra and normally give four concerts a year at venues in Chichester, including Chichester Cathedral. Our summer concert usually forms part of the Festival of Chichester.’

Visits to the Website28
Views of Full Record49

'Based in Symphony Hall, it gives over 130 concerts each year in Birmingham, the UK and around the world, playing music that ranges from classics to contemporary, film music and even symphonic disco. With a far-reaching community programme and a family of choruses and ensembles, it’s involved in every aspect of music-making in the Midlands. But at its centre is a team of 90 superb professional musicians ... making the world’s greatest music, right here in the heart of Birmingham.'

Visits to the Website64
Views of Full Record250

‘Started life in 1973 as the Harston String Orchestra. Later, as a result of a change in venue, it became the Barton String Orchestra. In 2000 ... the orchestra changed its name to the Cambridge String Players ... In addition to playing works for strings, the orchestra increasingly invited wind players to join it to perform works from the symphonic repertoire. Recognising this change of emphasis, the musicians decided that the orchestra needed a new name and in September 2008, it became the City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra ... The Orchestra performs six concerts a year in Cambridge’s leading concert hall, the West Road University Concert Hall.’

Visits to the Website39
Views of Full Record87

‘The City of Cardiff Symphony Orchestra was formed in September 1981 to fill a gap at that time for symphonic music making of a high standard for the many gifted amateur musicians in the Cardiff area. The orchestra has performed over 150 concerts in and around Cardiff with a repertoire of well over 200 orchestral works ... We perform at least five concerts per year with varied, challenging programmes, often with high-class, professional soloists.‘

Visits to the Website6
Views of Full Record18

‘The City of Carlisle Orchestra (formerly Eden Concert Orchestra) was established in 1962. Its objective is to provide an opportunity for regular rehearsals of the symphony repertoire for amateur and professional players. The Orchestra plays three concerts a year in the city. For at least one of these concerts, guest professional soloists or gifted amateurs are invited to perform with the orchestra. We are always looking for new members. Players should be a minimum of Grade 7 standard and there is no age restriction ... Get in touch!’

Visits to the Website81
Views of Full Record148

‘We are an orchestra of mainly local amateur musicians. Performing a wide range of challenging music we have staged three to four concerts each year since starting in 1989.’

Visits to the Website29
Views of Full Record84

'Formed in 1969 and is one of the main amateur orchestras in north Kent ... The CRSO has approximately 60 playing members, both amateur and professional musicians ... CRSO was formed to nurture excellence through music in the community, and places the local community at the heart of all that it does. The orchestra has given 5 World Premiere performances of music by composers from the University of Kent ... and the CRSO outreach programme includes a Young Composers' evening which allows young composers from the local area to hear their works played by the orchestra. We offer ticket concessions for young audience members, schools, and community groups.'

Visits to the Website133
Views of Full Record273

‘One of the leading non-professional orchestras in the south of England, performing a wide variety of interesting works from across the orchestral repertoire. We ... perform five concerts each year, including one concert designed specifically to introduce children to orchestral music ... Like most orchestras, we have more vacancies in some sections of the orchestra than others, but we welcome enquiries from players of all instruments ... We welcome enquiries from new volunteers who are able to offer us non-performing support so that we can get on with the business of playing the music!‘

Visits to the Website38
Views of Full Record53

'Full-sized symphony orchestra with about 80 members, including many music teachers from the area, which gives two challenging concerts each year, generally in October and March. Each concert is preceded by two Sundays of intensive rehearsal. Membership is by invitation.'

Visits to the Website102
Views of Full Record305

‘The members of the orchestra are mostly professional musicians. Opportunities are also given to new, talented students. The Orchestra does not receive any grants or subsidies but is delighted and very grateful to receive sponsorship and donations from Friends. Ticket sales also form an important contribution to our income. Colchester Symphony Orchestra makes a unique contribution to high-standard professional music-making in the Colchester area.’

Visits to the Website89
Views of Full Record166

'Formed in 1989 through the enterprise of former Chairman of the CPO and local Halstead GP Paul Bristol. As a musician himself he felt the need for an orchestra in the area which provided good amateur players with the opportunity to enjoy rehearsing and performing music together under the direction of a professional conductor. Since then, the orchestra has built a reputation for quality performances, with a varied and challenging repertoire ... The CPO usually performs three major concerts each year ... and attracts players from as far afield as Cambridge, Bishop's Stortford, Southend and Colchester.'

Visits to the Website108
Views of Full Record327

‘We are keen to recruit more musicians with a passion for music and enthusiasm for performance. We welcome musicians of all ages from teenagers learning at local schools to pensioners retired to the country ... We ask that you be of at least Grade 7 or equivalent ... The Orchestra’s regular members are a mix of professional and amateur musicians drawn from Kent and Sussex who rehearse and perform a wide range of classical music. There are usually two concerts per year in the locality. The Orchestra plays a wide repertoire of music and has performed a number of concertos with many established soloists.’

Visits to the Website94
Views of Full Record159

'Gives three or four full orchestral concerts each season in the Liverpool area or farther afield. It also stages smaller scale recitals and accompanies choral singing. The orchestra was founded in 1942 by a small group of like-minded amateurs and has grown over the years to a membership of about 60. Members come from a broad range of backgrounds and a relatively wide area, extending from mid Lancashire in the North to mid Cheshire in the South.'

Visits to the Website116
Views of Full Record250

‘An exciting place to play, with a seasonal programme of interesting – if challenging! – concerts and workshops. The orchestra is gaining an excellent reputation locally for both players and audience ... Originally formed as Crowthorne Orchestra in 1991 by a group of players who’d met at an evening class at South Hill Park Arts Centre, the orchestra has developed into a full Symphony Orchestra ... The Orchestra has about 55 regular playing members who make music for enjoyment’s sake, and we are proud of our friendly and welcoming reputation. Rehearsals are of course taken seriously and the music we play now requires approximately Grade 8 standard for strings, and Grade 8 + for wind players.‘

Visits to the Website22
Views of Full Record86

‘Croydon’s finest amateur orchestra ... The Society was founded in 1920 by Dr.W.H.Reed, from the String Players Club that had been formed in 1905 by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor ... The members of the CSO come from all walks of life and are very welcoming to new players ... Anyone thinking of joining can come along to one or two rehearsals before committing any money, so there is no need to be shy!! String players are always welcome and wind and brass vacancies occur from time to time ... Our annual open rehearsals are especially designed for potential new members to come and “try us out”.’

Visits to the Website47
Views of Full Record104

‘The DSO gave its first concert in 1972 and has performed an annual series of symphony concerts ever since. It has accompanied a long list of famous soloists, and over the years there have been many overseas visits and exchanges. The orchestra gives at least four concerts a year, mostly in the Centenary Theatre, Berkhamsted School.’

Visits to the Website60
Views of Full Record167

‘One of the longest-established amateur orchestras, having been formed immediately after the last war in 1946. We still have founder members in our audience, and many of the orchestra’s current playing members have been with us for twenty, thirty or more years! ... However, we are always happy to welcome new players to the orchestra, especially string players ... Grade VIII is preferable due to the nature of our repertoire.’

Visits to the Website53
Views of Full Record102

‘Formed in 1969 as The Hatfield Philharmonic we are the resident orchestra at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield ... The de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra is a friendly group of musicians made up of talented amateurs, music teachers, and semi-professionals ... Generous support from UHArts, the University's Community Arts programme enables us to perform up to 7 concerts a year in the University's award winning Weston Auditorium.‘

Also indexedUniversity of Hertfordshire | Weston Auditorium
Visits to the Website57
Views of Full Record124

‘Founded as “The Derby Light Orchestra” in 1949 ... the orchestra originally concentrated on “light classical” repertoire. Performance standards were initially high and the orchestra continues in this tradition ... With time, the name and characteristics of the orchestra changed as it matured and grew. Now the entire orchestral repertoire is played, from smaller scale baroque performance to the mightiest symphonic works ... We often invite new and emerging singers and instrumentalists to perform, usually leading to some extraordinarily exciting and memorable concerts.‘

Visits to the Website37
Views of Full Record60

‘The continuing expansion of Didcot is bringing more orchestral musicians and ever-larger potential concert audiences to the area. Didcot Concert Orchestra is the first high-quality amateur concert-giving symphony orchestra based in Didcot. It aims to bring together the best players, so participation is by invitation or audition. Professional players have been engaged to lead each string section. Players meet for four rehearsals before each concert. DCO plans to give three concerts per year – every February, May and September.‘

Visits to the Website45
Views of Full Record78

Docklands Sinfonia has become a major cultural force in the Docklands - bringing high quality music to the area, staging ground-breaking concerts and creating a lasting legacy by inspiring generations of young people ... With one in every two children (49%) living below the poverty line in Tower Hamlets – London’s most deprived borough - few young people in the area have, or will ever, experience the joy of listening to a live symphony orchestra ... Our repertoire celebrates multi cultural London by seeking out innovative collaborations to reach new audiences. Our home is the stunning Hawksmoor-designed St Anne's, Limehouse.‘

Visits to the Website8
Views of Full Record12

Founded 1999: ‘A group of musicians who make up a fun, friendly and talented orchestra playing a wide variety of music in the Surrey Hills ... A fast growing orchestra, but it maintains the friendly atmosphere amongst its members that was the intention of the founder, Chris Hammond, as well as aiming for high standards of musical performance. We are very committed to providing educational opportunities via links with local schools, including having local schoolchildren perform in our concerts’.

Visits to the Website21
Views of Full Record99

'The members of the orchestra are semi-professional and amateur musicians from all over Dorset and ... perform a wide selection from the classical repertoire. There have also been many successful joint ventures with local choral societies. As a local amateur orchestra they welcome membership enquiries from enthusiastic and committed players. The orchestra typically performs three concerts a year in different venues in Dorset. We usually have around five rehearsals for each concert; these take place on Saturday or Sunday afternoons ...'

Visits to the Website158
Views of Full Record279

Founded 1950. Typically three concerts per annum: winter, spring and summer.

Visits to the Website27
Views of Full Record71

'Founded in 1893 by a group of enthusiastic performers, Dundee's amateur orchestra performs three concerts a year in the Caird Hall Dundee and occasionally at other venues in Scotland. You may wish to apply to join the orchestra as a player. We are always looking for new members, particularly string and percussion players, who are good enough to be able to contribute to the success of our concerts, and to benefit from playing regularly in our orchestra.'

Visits to the Website120
Views of Full Record310

‘An independent voluntary orchestra based in West London usually giving around five main concerts a year. We try to do something in most concerts which is a bit out of the ordinary, without forgetting that players and audiences come to enjoy themselves, so there are plenty of popular classics as well as some fine music you may not know already.’

Visits to the Website27
Views of Full Record91

‘Financially self-supporting and an independent organisation, it registered as a charity in 1987 and, with quality players from Eastbourne and the surrounding area, performs a number of concerts a year ... The current regular annual programme features a choral concert with ESO singers, an ESO young soloist competition winner’s concert, usually in the summer, and an autumn concert, The young soloist competition takes place in January and February, and an audience is welcome ...'

Visits to the Website109
Views of Full Record610

‘Founded in 1964 to give amateur musicians the opportunity to play a symphonic repertoire to a high standard. It ... currently presents three or four concerts each season, normally in November, March and May ... Programmes often include works outwith the standard repertoire and the Orchestra is committed to supporting local composers. Over the years, opportunities have been given to young soloists early in their international careers.’

Visits to the Website55
Views of Full Record93

'The original Exeter Music Group was founded in 1967 and since that time has grown to the full-scale symphony orchestra that exists today. The EMG Symphony Orchestra provides musicians with the opportunity to perform a wide variety of repertoire and to working with talented soloists, local choirs and a professional conductor.'

Also indexedExeter Music Group
Visits to the Website126
Views of Full Record185

‘The Endcliffe Orchestra has a history of rehearsing and performing in Sheffield since 1977. The orchestra is a development group, meaning that each member is intent on improving their musical ability including technique and ensemble playing and performing. The orchestra provides a friendly and welcoming environment within which amateur musicians in Sheffield can rehearse and perform together ... The orchestra usually performs a number of concerts each year from a wide repertoire of music and uses these events to raise money for local charities. Under its constitution, the orchestra operates as a not-for-profit organisation.’

Visits to the Website129
Views of Full Record108

‘An amateur orchestra of high standard, based in Epsom, Surrey, UK. Our members are a mixture of ex-professionals, teachers, semi-professionals, students and keen amateurs. We are an established part of the musical landscape in Epsom, giving four concerts a year in the Epsom Playhouse.‘

Visits to the Website58
Views of Full Record96

‘A Chelmsford based Orchestra typically performing 4 to 5 concerts each season. Formed in 1949 we try to choose adventurous programmes and have the resources to bring to our audiences the large symphonic works of the 19th and 20th centuries. Over the years we have been able to bring to Chelmsford some of the finest international soloists and in addition we have provided a platform for many young artists both from Essex and the national scene.‘

Visits to the Website72
Views of Full Record144

'The Orchestra has its origins back in the 1930s, although what you would recognise as "ESO" started life in 1989 ... Since those early days in the 1980s, we have developed to be the leading symphony orchestra in the City. Members are involved in choosing and developing the musical programme for each year, which we hope is a balance between true classics and also more modern and perhaps lesser known pieces.'

Visits to the Website128
Views of Full Record244

'One of the foremost non-professional orchestras in the south of England. It has had a commitment to live performance of music in the North East Hampshire region since its formation in 1922 as the Royal Aircraft Establishment Orchestral Society. It now performs four concerts every season, regularly attracting high-quality national and international soloists.'

Visits to the Website114
Views of Full Record348

‘FSO is a community-based orchestra comprising ex- & semi-pros, music teachers & administrators, & talented amateurs ... We give 5-6 high standard concerts a year and are constantly looking for new challenges and opportunities ... Our repertoire is wide ... we changed our name from “Finchley Chamber Orchestra” to match this diversity.’

Also indexedFinchley Chamber Orchestra
Visits to the Website46
Views of Full Record118

'An amateur orchestra, consisting of members of all age groups, who are highly motivated and who enjoy making music together. The orchestra performs under the name of "Folkestone Symphony" ... The orchestra is a friendly group of people who meet up to rehearse once a week, giving at least four public concerts a year to very appreciative audiences.'

Also indexedFolkestone Symphony
Visits to the Website137
Views of Full Record515

'Has gained an impressive reputation for the high quality and vitality of its performances, and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014/15. Originally the Leyton Municipal Orchestra, it was reconstituted under its current name in 1964 by its first Artistic Director, Frank Shipway. The first President was Zoltan Kodaly, followed by Sir John Barbirolli, with an illustrious list of patrons including Leonard Bernstein, Sir William Walton, Benjamin Britten and Lorin Maazel and soloists including pianists John Lill and Stephen Kovacevich. Today, the orchestra continues to perform with top artists ... and also gives opportunities to young musicians in the local Waltham Forest community through open rehearsals and a participation programme ...'

Visits to the Website131
Views of Full Record299

'We are an ambitious amateur orchestra in Somerset and our purpose is to promote high-quality live classical music in the community, and to provide education and development opportunities for local musicians of all ages ... We undertake four or five projects each year, including: * Symphony and Concerto Performances; * Educational courses with guest musicians and professional tutors to learn and perform large-scale orchestral works; * Collaborations with choirs and other music societies to perform choral works; * Community concerts targeted at younger audiences. We have recently launched Frome Youth String Orchestra, which provides performance opportunities for young players of violin, viola, cello and double bass.'

Also indexedFrome Youth String Orchestra
Visits to the Website102
Views of Full Record281

‘The orchestra, originally the Fulham Municipal Orchestra, gave concerts around the borough in association with Fulham Borough Council and, from 1965, under the sponsorship of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham ... As a result of changes to the organization of the Inner London Education Authority in the 1980s and resultant funding cuts, the orchestra changed its name to the Fulham Symphony Orchestra and became an independent organization ... At the heart of its current activities, the orchestra is committed to exploring the large-scale symphonic repertoire in rehearsal and to presenting the results of this exploration in high-quality performances.‘

Visits to the Website25
Views of Full Record57

‘Founded in 1870, is a symphony orchestra with about 70 members. Our repertoire covers a wide range of music, from the classical era to the present day, including new works ...  and choral works with local choirs. We are a non-auditioning orchestra and we enjoy making music to the highest standards and having as much fun as possible in the process! We are very fortunate to have a number of different conductors for our concerts, each bringing their own personality and distinctive style to our rehearsals and performances. We give four concerts a year.’

Visits to the Website53
Views of Full Record118

‘We are an enthusiastic amateur orchestra playing to a high standard ... formed in September 1986 by a group of friends who wanted to create a new and exciting entity in amateur orchestral terms. The philosophy of the Sinfonia is that enjoyment is derived by aiming for the highest possible standard of ensemble playing and to this end the orchestra is selective in its concert giving while at the same time building up a wide repertoire of works in rehearsal.’

Visits to the Website47
Views of Full Record104

‘Members come from all backgrounds but have a common interest in making music. Members range in age from 18 to more than 80. We do not audition new players. We have three concerts per year and the rehearsal periods for these are September to December, January to March and March to late May early June. We play mostly classical music and have performed works by most major composers and many who are less well known. We frequently have soloists performing with the orchestra.’

Visits to the Website67
Views of Full Record122

‘Founded in 1901 by Cathedral organist Sir Herbert Brewer ... The GSO provides a platform for local composers and soloists, with a particular emphasis on encouraging young musicians and audiences. The orchestra plays classical music from all eras, including modern works and first performances ... The GSO has performed concerts in Cheltenham, Cirencester, Gloucester, Stroud and Tewkesbury.‘ The Orchestra organize the annual Gloucestershire Young Musician Competition.

Also indexedGloucestershire Young Musician Competition
Visits to the Website50
Views of Full Record63

‘The Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester (UK), an amateur symphony orchestra, was formed by the Gorton Philharmonic Society in 1854, three years before Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra. It presents Subscription Concerts at various venues ... and the orchestra now has a regular venue at Gorton Monastery for concerts in December and July each year. These are popular concerts and usually sell-out well before the concert date.’

Visits to the Website63
Views of Full Record101

‘A friendly, high quality, all year round, amateur, classical recording and performing orchestra based in Aberdeen, North-East Scotland. The aims of GCO are to offer a regular outlet for musicians in the Grampian area to practise and perform their art regardless of age, background or income and have opportunities to meet like minded individuals.’

Visits to the Website128
Views of Full Record174

‘The GSO is now the only Guildford orchestra regularly offering a full-scale programme of 19th and 20th century symphonic music. The musical development of young people has long been a priority with the GSO: its “Tidings of Joy” concerts at the Cathedral see a large children's choir performing Christmas songs they have composed, and in February or March of each year five young instrumentalists of exciting promise are featured playing concerto movements in the annual Young Artists' Concert.’

Visits to the Website43
Views of Full Record120

‘The Haffner Orchestra is Lancaster’s symphony orchestra, comprising amateur players and local professionals drawn from across the North West. Audience members frequently tell us they are amazed and delighted by the wonderful music ... The orchestra gives three regular concerts a year in Lancaster. These take place in November, February and June, and there is always a pre-concert talk, free of charge. We play a broad range of music from the baroque and classical periods to romantic and contemporary works including new commissions.’

Visits to the Website69
Views of Full Record71

‘One of the UK’s oldest non-professional orchestras ... Members come from all walks of life from within and around Calderdale and beyond, and share a passion for playing together. The players are variously teachers, semi-professionals, and retired professionals along with a positive group of dedicated amateurs. The Orchestra is always happy to hear from prospective new members.’

Visits to the Website46
Views of Full Record93

‘The Hallam Sinfonia was originally set up as a chamber orchestra by a group of local peripatetic music teachers ... The orchestra has however seen many changes ... and is certainly no longer a chamber orchestra, though its forces may be scaled down on occasion. Its repertoire extends from the baroque to the 21st century, including large- scale romantic works, and from the mainstream classics to film music and children’s concerts. This range of activity is designed to meet a variety of needs: to please audiences with old favourites, to draw in new audiences (including children and young people), to provide players with exciting challenges, to make best use of the resources the orchestra has at its disposal, and sometimes to enable collaboration with other organisations.’

Visits to the Website55
Views of Full Record100

Directory Statistics

There are 6618 listings and 771 categories in our website

Recently Added Listings