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www.adms.org.uk

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.’

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www.airedaleso.org.uk

'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.'

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www.aeorchestra.org.uk

'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.'

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www.aldworthphilharmonic.org.uk

‘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.’

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www.amatiorchestra.com

‘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.’

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asklepios-orchestra.org.uk

'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) ...'

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www.aylesburyorchestra.co.uk

‘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.‘

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Also indexedCharles Pope Memorial Trust
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banburysymphony.org

'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.'

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www.barnetsymphony.org.uk

‘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.’

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www.bathphil.co.uk

'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 ...'

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www.bathsymphony.org.uk

‘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.’

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www.bbc.co.uk/concertorchestra

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

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www.bbc.co.uk/bbcnow

'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.'

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www.bbc.co.uk/philharmonic

'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.'

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www.bbc.co.uk/bbcsso

‘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.‘

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www.bbc.co.uk/symphonyorchestra

'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.'

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www.bedfordsymphony.com

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.’

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Also indexedBedfordshire Orchestral Society | Bedford Sinfonia
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bishopsstortfordsinfonia.com

‘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 ...’

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www.blackburnsymphony.org.uk

‘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.’

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www.blackpoolsymphony.co.uk

'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.'

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www.boltonsymphony.org.uk

‘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.’

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www.bostonsinfonia.org.uk

‘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.'

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www.bsolive.com

'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.'

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www.brecknocksinfonia.co.uk

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’.

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brentso.org.uk

'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.'

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www.brentwoodphil.org.uk

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

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www.bridgewater-sinfonia.org.uk

'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.'

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www.bridgnorthsinfonia.org

'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.'

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www.brightonphil.org.uk

‘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”.’

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www.bristolconcertorchestra.org.uk

‘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.’

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www.bristolmetropolitanorchestra.com

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.’

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www.bromleysymphony.org

‘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.’

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www.burnleyorchestra.org.uk

'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 ...'

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www.busheysymphony.org.uk

’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.'

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www.cambrianorchestra.org.uk

‘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.’

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www.cam-phil.org.uk

‘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.’

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www.canterburyorchestra.org.uk

‘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.‘

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www.cardiffphilharmonic.com

'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.'

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www.charnwoodorchestra.org.uk

'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.'

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www.chesterphilorchestra.co.uk

‘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.’

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www.chesterfieldsymphonyorchestra.co.uk

'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.'

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cbso.co.uk

'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.'

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www.cityofcarlisleorchestra.co.uk

‘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!’

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crso.org.uk

'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.'

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clevelandphil.org.uk

'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.'

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colchestersymphonyorchestra.org.uk

‘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.’

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www.colnephil.org.uk

'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.'

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www.thecso.org.uk

‘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.’

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www.crosbysymphony.org.uk

'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.'

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dacorumso.weebly.com

‘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.’

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www.uharts.co.uk/about-us/de-havilland-philharmonic

‘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.‘

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Also indexedUniversity of Hertfordshire | Weston Auditorium
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www.dorsetcountyorchestra.org.uk

'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 ...'

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www.dundeesymphonyorchestra.org.uk

'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.'

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www.eso.org.uk

‘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 ...'

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www.emgsymphonyorchestra.org

'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.'

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Also indexedExeter Music Group
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www.endcliffeorchestra.org.uk

‘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.’

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www.essexsymphony.org.uk

‘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.‘

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www.exetersymphonyorchestra.co.uk

'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.'

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www.farnboroughsymphony.org.uk

'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.'

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www.fhos.co.uk

'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.' Alert Website unavailable at Review; cf Facebook Page.

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forestphilharmonic.org.uk

'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 ...'

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www.fromesymphony.org.uk

'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.'

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www.gortonphil.co.uk

‘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.’

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gco-aberdeen.org.uk

‘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.’

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www.g-s-o.org.uk

‘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.’

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www.halle.co.uk

‘Our Mission is to: * Produce an ambitious and wide-ranging programme of work both on and off the concert platform developing new audiences for the Hallé’s work as well as continuing to appeal to loyal long-term supporters; * Act as a cultural ambassador for Manchester; * Provide a comprehensive education and outreach programme firmly embedded in the Hallé’s core work to reach young people and other groups who may not otherwise have ready access to high quality musical experiences.’

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harmonysinfonia.co.uk

‘A vibrant symphony orchestra performing three concerts a year and promoting classical music to audiences within the borough of Lewisham and its neighbouring boroughs. Offering a performance platform for both local amateur players of a high standard and music students from local universities, Harmony Sinfonia also aims to work with local music services to provide performance opportunities to school pupils of an advanced standard.’

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www.harrogateorchestra.org.uk

'Can trace our roots back to 1931 when the Harrogate String Orchestra replaced the Municipal Orchestra. From this grew the Harrogate Chamber Orchestra, and then as numbers grew and demand for larger scale works developed, we became the Harrogate Symphony Orchestra in 1991. The aims have always been the same: to give players a chance to explore a wide range of orchestral music on a regular basis and to present concerts to as wide an audience as possible. For nearly 30 years we have tried to encourage a younger audience too through workshops, free tickets for under 11s and concerts specifically designed for children.'

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hmsoc.org.uk

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www.hastingsphilharmonic.com

'Hastings Philharmonic is the artistic body that brings together the Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra (first fully professional orchestra in Hastings since the 40's), Hastings Philharmonic Choir and Hastings Philharmonic Chamber Choir ... We are offering our growing and very loyal audience a much bigger selection of concerts including choral symphonic music, choral a cappella music, purely symphonic music, opera, chamber music, our traditional Christmas carols concert ...'

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www.havantorchestras.org.uk

‘The Havant Orchestras are the Havant Symphony Orchestra and Havant Chamber Orchestra. Both orchestras are made up of a mix of professional and gifted amateur players. The orchestras perform 6 main concerts a year (3 each), at Oaklands School in Waterlooville and Ferneham Hall in Fareham, and also perform at additional venues including Hayling Island.‘

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hayessymphony.org.uk

‘A friendly amateur orchestra based in South East London. We play full orchestral music, mostly from the classical and romantic periods, as well as some baroque and modern pieces, including film scores. HSO give three concerts a year, each with nine weekly rehearsals ... We are a very warm and inclusive orchestra, made up of players of all ages from students to senior citizens.’

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www.h-o-s.co.uk

‘An established amateur orchestra which plays a range of classical music from early to modern music ... Membership is open to anyone who plays at Grade V level or above - there is a waiting list for some sections of the orchestra. The orchestra meet once a week at the Victoria Halls in Helensburgh from August to Easter. Funding is from members' subscriptions, donations and grants from Making Music and various charitable trusts. Gift Aid is increasingly a major part of funding. Concerts are performed twice a year (December and March) in the Victoria Halls, Helensburgh and occasionally elsewhere ... We encourage young and/or local soloists to perform concertos with us; including past and present members of the orchestra and students at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and also perform with professional soloists.’

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www.henleysymphonyorchestra.co.uk

'Founded in 1970 and we are now one of the leading amateur orchestras in the country. We attract some 70 players from across the Thames Valley ... The orchestra promotes an annual series of four concerts and engages internationally acclaimed soloists, providing high-quality classical music for the enjoyment of local concert goers. The orchestra was originally brought together to give a concert in a large marquee at Shiplake College one summer but the success of that concert led to the establishment of the orchestra on a permanent footing.'

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sites.google.com/site/hertssymphony/

‘Draws its membership from a wide area and has gained an enviable reputation for accomplished performances and wide ranging repertoire. In addition to adventurous classical programmes the orchestra takes pride in presenting the highly popular Robert Kiln children’s concerts and the annual Christmas concert as regular highlights of the season. We very much look forward to seeing you at our concerts!’

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www.hertsphil.org.uk

'Formed in 1994 by a group of amateur musicians who wished to make orchestral music of the highest standard together. Since then, the orchestra has grown to comprise a group of some hundred musicians who, between them, perform around 6 concerts annually, in a variety of venues throughout Hertfordshire. The orchestra represents the best of Hertfordshire, and draws its players and audiences from all over the County and beyond.'

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highpeakorchestra.org.uk

‘Founded in 1975 as The Co-operative Orchestra. We are based in Whaley Bridge, although membership is drawn from a wide area, including Greater Manchester and Cheshire. We perform three or four times per season in venues in the High Peak. Our repertoire ranges from Eric Coates to Sibelius, Borodin to Weber and we like to think we are ambitious in our programmes. We take part in the Buxton Festival every year and we have won acclaim and recognition.’

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www.hillingdonphil.btck.co.uk

Formed 1985: ‘An amateur orchestra. Its membership consists of local musicians over the age of 18 who want to continue to develop their orchestral playing. There are now over eighty registered members. The orchestra does not hold weekly rehearsals but meets for four rehearsals before each concert. Three concerts are given during the season in different venues within the Borough.’

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www.hitchinsymphony.org.uk

‘Formerly known as Hitchin Concert Orchestra, was founded in 1929 by Mary Ibberson at the Rural Music Schools Association. The orchestra was for many years run as an evening class at North Hertfordshire College but, when the College authorities decided in 1997 that artistic ventures such as the orchestra were no longer financially supportable, it became a self-governing body and changed its name. The orchestra’s motto is “Promoting Live Music” and its aim is to promote live orchestral music in the Hitchin area by providing audiences with symphonic concerts performed to a high standard and to serve as a concert platform for local musicians, whether orchestral players or soloists.’

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www.horshamsymphony.org.uk

'Rehearse and perform a wide range of classical music in Horsham, UK. Its members are mainly amateurs but the orchestra is directed and led by professional musicians. We often accompany professional soloists and give three concerts a year ... The orchestra runs a "Friends" scheme and has attracted an enthusiastic and loyal number of supporters. The orchestra ... welcomes new players of all ages. Why not join us?'

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www.hounslow-symphony.org.uk

'Amateur orchestra of around 45 players. We play three concerts each season ... We concentrate on the standard classical and romantic repertoire and from time to time perform contemporary works. ... The orchestra fulfils an important dual function in that it benefits its members by enabling them to pursue a passion, and in the wider context it is a means by which the playing of and listening to serious classical music is extended out of the professional arena and into the community. We have a number of chamber groups which occasionally perform additional concerts.'

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www.hullphilharmonic.org

'Recognised as one of the nation's leading amateur symphony orchestras and has been a major feature in the city's cultural landscape for over 130 years. Performing a regular season of three concerts in Hull's magnificent City Hall, we boast a history of renowned conductors, including national figures such as Sir Henry Wood, founder of the Proms ... The story started in June 1881 when a small group of dedicated music lovers gathered at the George Hotel in Hull and proposed the formation of an orchestral music society. With just 27 players, a devoted committee and loyal patrons, the Hull Philharmonic Society was born. Today the orchestra has more than 80 members drawn from local professional and amateur musicians, and enjoys a broad and loyal audience base.'

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www.huntsphil.org.uk

'Affectionately known as Hunts Phil, performs five or six concerts each year. We perform a variety of choral and orchestral works to suit every taste. Our Christmas performances are especially popular.The Society always welcomes new members and at present is keen to attract additional singers, brass and string players. The emphasis of rehearsals is that of enjoyment and learning, whilst working to present performances of a high standard to our audiences.'

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www.iomso.co.uk

The origin of the Orchestra can be traced back to the formation of the Douglas Amateur Orchestral Society following which there was a varied series of events leading to today's full-scale orchestra. Two or three concerts each season, often with other groups.

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www.kems.org.uk

‘We’re a music society comprising three sections: a large mixed-voice Choir, an Orchestra and a Concert Band. Our friendly members, who cover a wide age range, have one thing in common: we take making music very seriously, always striving for the best possible performances.’

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Also indexedKing Edward Musical Society of Macclesfield
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www.kettsymphorch.co.uk

'Comprised of players from all around the surrounding villages and towns. We are a registered charity and put on several classical music concerts every year for the benefit of the local community and the members of the orchestra. Currently the Orchestra has around 60 musicians ranging in age from teenagers to pensioners. The Orchestra currently presents two concerts each year, one in the spring and one in the winter, and also has an informal six week summer term to try different kinds of music.'

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www.lambeth-orchestra.org.uk

'Gave its first concert in 1972 and ever since has pursued a policy of performing minor works of major composers and major works of minor composers, as well as the standard concert repertoire. This give a mixture of familiar and less familiar, but accessible, music at very affordable prices. The average age of the orchestra's members is in the early 30s, although the age range spans many decades, and we are fortunate in having a steady flow of new recruits ...'

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lso.org.uk

‘The original LSO, we have been in existence since 1890 and perform several concerts each year in Leeds and surrounding areas ... We now give regular performances in Headingley, Horsforth, Wetherby and Knaresborough ... Numbering approximately 80 players ... membership is by audition - the basic entry standard required is Grade VIII.’

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www.lincolnsymphony.co.uk

‘If you are: * A lover of classical music; * The owner of your own instrument; * A proficient musician (grade 6 or equivalent for strings, grade 8 for other instruments); * Free on Thursday evenings; * Interested in playing around three or four concerts a year, and rehearsing in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere - then we'd love to hear from you ... The orchestra usually performs four concerts a year in November, January, April and June although they often take part in other events with the Lincoln Choral Society and the Newark Choral Society.’

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lgso.org.uk

'Founded in May 1996 ... Two decades later and the LGSO now performs five full concerts per year, plus a variety of regular and ad-hoc extras ... With an active membership in excess of 150 people (not all playing at once of course!), the orchestra is as much a social group as a musical one; like many LGBT+ groups, the Orchestra was formed to give people the opportunity to do something they enjoy in a friendly and supportive environment without the fear of encountering prejudice.'

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www.lpo.org.uk

'As well as giving classical concerts and opera performances in the UK and internationally, we also record film and video game soundtracks, have our own record label, and reach thousands of people every year through activities for schools and our local communities.'

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lso.co.uk

'The LSO was formed in 1904 when 50 members of the Queen’s Hall Orchestra rebelled against Sir Henry Wood’s edict that "no deputies" be sent to rehearsals and concerts ... The LSO is proud to be Resident Orchestra at the Barbican Centre, where it performs around 70 concerts a year ... The LSO is set apart from other international orchestras by the depth of its commitment to music education, reaching over 65,000 people each year. LSO Discovery enables the Orchestra to offer people of all ages opportunities to get involved in music-making and to enter the extraordinary sound world of the Orchestra.'

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www.mso.org.uk

Formed in 1910: 'MSO is a superbly well-balanced mix of local professionals and ex-professionals, music teachers and excellent amateur players who come together regularly on a voluntary basis to produce concerts of a professional standard. This entails great commitment by the players, many of whom travel from all over Kent, and beyond, to attend MSO's weekly Thursday evening rehearsals'.

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www.beethovenorchestra.co.uk

The Beethoven Society was founded in 1888 and has met without a break since then. The Society gives classical music concerts in aid of both local and national charities. We do not purely perform works by Beethoven; rather the name is kept as a tribute to the long and illustrious history of the orchestra. We are a group of musicians dedicated to playing good music, enjoying ourselves, and helping to raise money for charities at the same time.’

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mksinfonia.org.uk

‘When the new city of Milton Keynes was in its infancy, an amateur symphony orchestra was formed in 1971 with the aim of performing works from the full range of the orchestral repertoire to a high standard. Now ... that same orchestra has become an important part of the cultural and musical life of the city and the surrounding area. The orchestra is very much a community orchestra, run primarily for its members and those interested to support them in the performance of major orchestral works.’

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www.nso.co.uk

Founded 1940: ‘The NSO is one of the longest established and most versatile professional orchestras working in Great Britain today. It has a firmly established national and international reputation, with an impressive recorded legacy as well as a busy diary of live concert performances. The NSO is admired for both its versatility, its ability to communicate and to connect with audiences with virtuosity, commitment and passion‘.

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www.newtyneorch.org.uk

'A very successful amateur orchestra based in Newcastle. We have over 70 members and perform at least 3 concerts a year.'

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www.nso-uk.co.uk

'The Norfolk Symphony Orchestra has a central role in the musical life of Norfolk. We perform five concerts a year, mostly in the King's Lynn Corn Exchange, a high quality venue seating over 700. We work hard to produce music of the highest quality, producing varied and exciting programmes in an area of Norfolk that does not have many opportunities to hear symphonic music.'

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www.northdevonsinfonia.org.uk

Award-winning 'full scale symphony orchestra made up of between 50 and 80 players (depending on repertoire) performing three or four concerts per year in venues across North Devon ... Our membership reflects a broad cross-section of North Devon society including students, doctors, teachers, care workers, factory workers, postmen, a horticulturalist, students, farmers, a vicar and pensioners. Ages range from the teens to the 70s and the orchestra is exclusively amateur; none of our players is paid to perform'.

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www.nssoorchestra.co.uk

'The orchestra's first concert was held in the Old Town Hall in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, but the audience was very small. Choral singing at the time was a very strong tradition in The Potteries and the launch of a new purely orchestral music society was thought of as something superfluous. In fact many local choirs shunned the orchestra. Its founders, John Cope and Madame Reymond, were often ridiculed by fellow choir masters but Cope and his orchestra carried on. Over 110 years later, the orchestra still thrives playing four major symphony concerts each year, performing in venues in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme, with renowned conductors and guest soloists and supported by The Friends of the NSSO.'

Visits to the Website36
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