Rehearsal Venue / Times
The A10 Concert Band
David Boarder 01992 623489 or 07876444701
The A10 Concert Band is the adult concert band of East Herts Music Centres. The band is an extension of the A10 Orchestra offering adults who play wind and brass at grade 3 and above the chance to work together 3 or 4 times each term and explore some repertoire. There are no formal entry requirements: rather the emphasis is on making music together.
The A10 Orchestra
Wednesday evenings 8.00 - 10.00 or Saturday afternoons 2.30 - 5.00 at Roselands School, Highwood Road, Hoddesdon EN11 9AR.
David Boarder 01992 623489 or 07876444701
The A10 Orchestra is the adult orchestra of East Herts Music Centres. Most of us learnt when we were at school, perhaps continued until we started work and then stopped when other things took over. Now we are enjoying playing again. Others have taken up their instrument as adults. We have no formal entry requirements - rather the emphasis is on making music together.
Meetings are on Thursdays 8.00pm-10.00pm at St Michael's C of E JMI School, St Albans
Roger Martin 01727 854886
This is an orchestra for all ages. The orchestra works with amateur and professional instrumentalists and singers of all ages. It promotes concerts with school groups and charities. Both informal and social.
Alternate Sunday evenings 7.30 - 9.45. See website for details.
Founded in 1968 by local school students, who wanted an opportunity to share their enjoyment of music making, it has grown into a thriving local amateur orchestra giving three concerts a year. In that time it has covered a broad range of the symphonic repertoire, and soloists have been drawn from local talented musicians, students setting out on a professional career, as well as members of the orchestra itself. Friendly orchestra that welcomes applications from new players, especially strings.
Tuesday evenings 7.30pm - 9.45pm in the University Church, Market Square, Cambridge.
The Academy of Great St. Mary's was set up by its present conductor in 2007. It gives four concerts each year in the historic University Church, Cambridge. The repertoire is wide-ranging and has included pieces by composers such as Shostakovich, Britten, Beethoven, Dvorak and many more as well as performing with local choirs. We are always interested to hear from potential new players.
Ampthill is an amateur orchestra set up for local musicians and aims to play at a good standard. We play 3 or 4 concerts a year, with proceeds going to charity or local community projects. Music is generally the popular classical side. Rehearsals are on Saturday afternoons, usually 4 or 5 over a few months proceeding each concert (i.e. not every week). There is no annual subscription. The orchestra is friendly and fun and we often play to a full house.
Thursday evening at Knights Templar School in Baldock,
We're a group of local people who enjoy music and who wanted to be part of an orchestra. Some of us are a little rusty from practice, some haven't been playing for very long and others are, well, pretty good! The point is to just join in, to try, and to make music, regardless of your musical expertise. Our first rehearsal was on Thursday 10th September 2015, when 18 musicians met for the very first time..
Ian Chang / Samantha Rick
Monday nights during term time at Goldington Academy, Haylands Way, Bedford, 7.30pm-9.30pm
The BCCO was founded in 2006 by a small group of friends who wanted the opportunity to play in an orchestra again. Having spent most of our childhood and adolescent years learning and playing instruments regularly, it seems a shame for them to end up sat in a wardrobe unused. Since it’s beginning the BCCO has grown in numbers and now accommodates for all adults (regardless of age!). The first concert was given in July 2006 and we now give 3 concerts a year, usually March/April, July and December. We are always looking for more players who would like to ‘get back’ into playing regularly.
1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at All Saints Church Hall, Kempston.
Jill Wightman 01767 682012
BASS was set up to fill a gap in the musical market place - adults who play at a level between grade 2 and grade 5. We have put on a couple of concerts for friends and family and have been invited to play at a Country Fair this coming June.
Wednesday evenings (term time) from 7:30 - 9:30 at Goldington Academy, Bedford
Barbara Taylor 01234 764566 07812 353757
Formed in 1967, its aims are to provide an opportunity for amateur/semi-professional players to rehearse and perform to a high standard on a regular seasonal basis.
Monday evenings 7:30-9:30pm, at St. Nicholas Church Hall, Church Road, Barton le Clay, MK45 4LA
This group is intended for all enthusiastic flautists of Grade 3 and above who wish to experience playing a varied yet extensive repertoire of Flute Choir music. The group performs regularly in and around Hitchin, often for charity functions but also in concert, most notably in the Hitchin Festival. No audition required just an enthusiastic and committed approach. The group uses the full range of flutes and rehearses to the highest possible standards.
Ray Jones and Gaynor Lovett
Tuesdays, 7.15pm at the Zion Church Openwoodgate in Belper
Players of all brass, woodwind, double reed and tuned percussion instruments are welcome to join our concert wind band. Just turn up, make your self known, and bring your instrument, as there are no auditions. We are a very friendly bunch of all ages, with a variety of different backrounds in music. After a small probationary period a decision is made on membership, and you can then decide on whether you want to be part of a group, who are working to promote music in and around the community. Music is fun so come along and enjoy yourselves.
Quarterly, The Band Room, Warley, Brentwood, Essex CM13 3BH
Brentwood Horn Club is run for the benefit of its members and meets quarterly to rehearse and perform Horn Ensemble repertoire, both existing and new arrangements and compositions. If you're a horn player, grade 5-8 or above and over 18, living or working near Brentwood in Essex (or willing to travel to us), we're always happy to hear from new friends.
Helen Ryan,A month before each event, Sunday afternoon and Tuesday evening, Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School, Queen's Road.
The player membership covers the full range of instruments required for a symphony orchestra. Woodwind and brass players need to be Grade 8++ but string and percussion members of about Grade 7+ can usually be considered for vacancies.
Thursday evening during term time at Sandringham School in St Albans starting at 7pm
Community jazz band, formed in 2006 and with an active membership of around 15 musicians playing a wide range of jazz and jazz inspired music. New members are always welcome and we believe that we have a role to play in being a part of, and helping, the community through playing music. We are currently looking for trumpet players.
Monday evenings -7-30 - 9-30pm Riverwalk School, Bury St Edmunds
Founded 1991 this is an adult band of some 40 members, giving approximately 12 concerts each year . We are currently advertising for a new Musical Director, Tony retiring in December 2012. See our website for further details of vacancies and concerts in preparation.
Tuesday evening 7:30pm – 9:30pm during term-time
Bury Friendly Orchestra is a community orchestra that has just been started in the Bury St Edmunds area. We would like new players to join us, especially violins, violas, brass and percussion (waiting list for cellos, flutes and clarinets).
Wednesday evenings (school terms), central Cambridge
Established in 1967, playing a repertoire of light music, light classical, show selections, film tunes, jazz and other popular items. Rehearsing weekly (during school terms), we perform up to six concerts per year. Most of our concerts are fundraising events in association with other charities. New players welcome to apply, although we have waiting lists for most sections; no auditions.
Monday nights 7.15-9.45, Chesterton Community College (Orchestra), Tuesdays 7.30-9.45 same place (Choir)
Jan Moore (Society secretary)
Established for over 100 years. The society comprises both orchestra and chorus, concentrating especially on the romantic repertoire, but also performances of classical works and more modern twentieth century compositions. Entry is by audition.
7:30 - 9:30 Thursday evenings during term time, at Milton Road primary school, Ascham Road Cambridge
The Cambridge Sinfonietta exists to give amateur musicians the opportunity to play orchestral works in a friendly, supportive setting. The Sinfonietta welcomes new members subject to a reasonable balance between sections. Music is drawn from the classical repertoire and players are grade 4 to soloist standard, though it depends on instrument.
Andrew McFarlane 07876 124204
A friendly new orchestra in Chorleywood (M25 J18) rehearsing on Tuesday evenings. New players of around Grade 6 and above welcome, especially strings and horns.
Sunday 3rd March, 12:30pm, Christ Church, Radlett, Hertfordshire WD7 8JJ
Sarah Deller 07545 146 175
The group is aimed at young people up to the age of 18 who are grade 1 standard or higher. This may be any woodwind (e.g. clarinet, sax, flute, recorder, oboe, bassoon), brass (e.g. trumpet, trombone, French horn) or string instrument (e.g. violin, viola, cello), or guitar. We encourage young people to come along with their instruments to try their best and learn new skills. The Youth Orchestra plays during Family Services that occur once a month.
Tuesdays, 7.30pm to 10.00pm, St Faith's School, Cambridge
The City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra (CCSO), formerly known as the Cambridge String Players, performs about six orchestral concerts a year, usually at the University Concert Hall in West Road, Cambridge. The repertoire is based on music from the 18th Century to the present day, with occasional works for strings only and others for winds and percussion.
The CPSO have produced an annual season of concerts in and around Peterborough since 1990. There are often places for new members in this well respected amateur orchestra, and players who would like to be involved are invited to contact us by email.
Wednesdays 5.30 - 7.30
We field junior string & wind groups up to grade 3 and senior groups grade 4 and above. We also combine to form an orchestra and all our groups give a concert at the end of each term, sometimes with the Peterborough Young Singers. We meet at The Ken Stimpson School Werrington, Peterborough for ten weeks each term. The cost is £40 for the term.
Tuesdays at 7.30pm at Clacton County High School Community Hall
We are a friendly orchestra of about 25 players and give about 5 concerts a year, all in aid of local charities. All new players are welcome, especially strings and brass. If you would like to join us please contact Brenda Ellis, who is concert manager and chairman, on 01255 223455, or e-mail.
Two Sundays (10:00am - 2:00pm) prior to each concert
We are a friendly, enthusiastic orchestra who enjoy performing three concerts per year and are always on the lookout for enthusiastic musicians. We aim to feature local and young 'up-and-coming' soloists of high quality and perform a range of music in Braintree.
Barry Sinclair Salmon
Tuesday mornings 10am to 12noon, Henley Community Centre, Church Meadows, nr Ipswich
The CLO has approximately 70 members who between them play a wide range of instruments forming a full classical orchestra. We are open to anyone (subject to vacancies) who is reasonably proficient with an instrument and can commit themselves to rehearsals and to participate in our Saturday evening concerts (normally three per year).
The Belfry Arts Centre Overstrand, Mondays in term time 7.00 - 9.00pm
Norman Moor 01263511600
Mike Griffin 01692 402202
New members always welcome, no auditions just come and enjoy some music making.
Wednesday evenings from 8 to 9.30 p m at St John's Church Hall, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead.
The Dacorum Recreation Orchestra welcomes all comers: re-starters, beginners and those with little experience of playing in groups. Auditions are not required and concerts are not performed.
Bridgewater School Berkhamsted on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 to 10.00
Chris Watson (Mrs), Chairman 01442 261546
The orchestra has been established for 40 years. We play 4 main concerts a year with full orchestra and the Sinfonietta plays additional chamber concerts regularly throughout the season at numerous venues.
Dennis Light Orchestra
Monday 7.15 to 9.15 at the United Reformed Church, Jessopp Road, Norwich, Norfolk
Sheila Blowers (Chairman) 01603 505314
Debby Gregory (Secretary) 01603 610705
The Dennis Light Orchestra has been in existence for over 50 years. We take our music mainly to venues such as sheltered housing complexes and residential care homes, but we also perform occasional public concerts. We have no formal entry requirements (although grade 4 or above would be an advantage), and would particularly welcome first violins at the moment.
7-8:30 pm in the Dourdan Pavillion, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6
Dunmow Wind Band is a concert band based in Great Dunmow. We play a wide range of music from pop, jazz, film, show, big band and traditional. Dunmow Wind Band consists of Brass, Woodwind, Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboard and Drums and our musicians are all ages and musical abilities. We are a fun relaxed concert band who enjoys playing a wide range of music and all new members are welcome so feel free to come along to a rehearsal to see what we are all about.
St.Mary's Rooms at Church End in Great Dunmow most Wednesday evenings from 1900 to 2100.
Jerome Cacace 07415 060 359
Woodwind of Dunmow is a group of musicians who came together in 2008 and plays a range of tunes and styles, ranging from the original marches we did at the start to popular songs and theme tunes along with some ragtime and jazzy numbers. We perform regularly at most of the retirement and care homes in the area during the course of the year. Occasionally we play at village fetes, charity functions, and meetings such as the Alzheimer's Society and Blind & Housebound Club. We also do a round of Christmas concerts at the local homes, joining up with the Dunmow Singers.
Sunday afternoon at the Carlton Manor Hotel in Carlton Colville
The ECCO is a newly formed by local conductor/ musician & music teacher Frankie Ayers. We rehearse 1 Saturday monthly & plan to perform 3 concerts a year.
The East Hertfordshire Youth Orchestra
7-9pm on Friday evenings at Simon Balle School, Mangrove Road, Hertford (term times).
David Boarder - tel 01992 623489 fax 01992 643795
Hertfordshire County Music Service.
One or two full Sundays and Tuesday and Thursday evenings before concerts
We are an educational orchestra: though our core membership is asked to have grade 8 or above, we also run workshops and occasional concerts where we give learners (youngsters and returners) the chance to play major works with a full-scale symphony orchestra, including concertos with big name soloists.
Colin Touchin, Andrew Morley, Aiden Oliver
3 weekends per year on a resident / non-resident course basis.
Established in 1979, ECHO recruited its players from those members of the Essex Youth Orchestra who were obliged to 'retire' on reaching the age of 21. The orchestra now also recruits players who live or work in the County, those who attend Essex schools or colleges, and other invited players for particular concerts. We are always interested in recruiting new players particularly String players of Grade 6 standard. Woodwind and brass need to be Grade 8+
Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm in the Village Hall at Rowhedge, Colchester
We are an established community ensemble formed during the 1980s. For more details about the band and forthcoming concerts please visit our website. Please e-mail us for details of current vacancies.
St John Payne School, Chelmsford, Monday evenings
Hilary Cheek 01245 471588
The Essex Symphony Orchestra has been established since 1949 and has been conducted by world famous conductors. We perform four to six concerts per season; most of these concerts are in Chelmsford Essex, but we do take opportunities to perform around Essex, in such venues as Thaxted, Cressing, Rayleigh and Harwich. We are always in need of players; see our site under membership.
New Hall School, Boreham, Chelmsford, Sunday mornings 10am - 12:30pm
Helen Davis (Band Secretary) 01279 659191
The Essex Yeomanry Band is one of the oldest established Military bands in the East of England being originally formed in 1809. We are based in the City of Chelmsford, Essex. We currently have vacancies within the band for Trumpet/Cornet, Oboe, French Horn, Double Bass (string bass). We are always looking to strengthen other sections within the band as well. We would very much like to hear from applicants who are capable of playing to a grade 6 (ABRSM) standard or have prior experience of playing in a similar ensemble.
Monday evening (8 -9.30) @Homewood Road UR Church St Albans
Roger Barnes 01727 851987
'Just for Fun' approach. No auditions but ability to sight read helps. Can currently accommodate most instruments in the standard classical line-up.
Felixstowe Community Strings
Mondays during term time 7.30-9.30 pm at Kingsfleet School, Felixstowe, Suffolk
Nicky O'Brien 07749238418
We are a newly formed group, currently recruiting for all strings, all adult players welcome playing Grade 3 upwards. We are very friendly, playing a variety of Classical and Contemporary music culminating with a small concert at the end of each term.
Wednesday evenings 7:30pm to 9:30pm at Cottenham Village College, Cottenham, Cambridge, CB24 8UA
Mary Prechner 01223 426811
A new amateur orchestra that plays for fun with the occasional concert for family and friends. No auditions and we try to include everyone. No minimum entry requirements although the music is probably grade 5 standard. Perfect for those who want to play again after a long break, adult learners, those who want a chance to play their second instrument or really good players who don't want to have to practice.
Friday term time 7.30 – 9pm
Friday term time 6.30 – 7.30pm
For players of all ages grade 1-4 standard
Three, each spring, leading to one performance
The Fleetville Swing Band comprises both professional and amateur musicians from St Albans and the surrounding area in Hertfordshire. We perform about once a month in and around St Albans. We charge competitive rates for private functions and always try to support, free of charge, local charity events so we can share our love of music.We are a friendly, welcoming band and are eager to welcome new players of all ages who enjoy swing, jazz and big band era music. There are currently 30 or so regular members of the band who rehearse twice a month, and strive to continually improve our musical skills.
Thursdays (except 3rd Thursday in the month) at URC Chapel in Duxford, Cambs
Essentially a concert band that plays light music. Give just two themed concerts per year, usually a May and November. Past concerts have included Sounds of the Sixties, Motown Magic, A Night at the Movies and the Great American Songbook. Currently looking for an electric bass player who can read music!
Hitchin, Thursday evenings
Open to all string players, any age/ability. Playing jazz, Latin and world music.
Mondays 7.30 - 9.30 p.m. in term time, Beaumont Community School, Durrant Road, Hadleigh. IP7
We play a wide variety of music - mainly popular classical and welcome newcomers. If you are looking to join an orchestra for the first time - or are getting back into orchestral playing after a lapse of some years - we are an ideal orchestra for you. We give two concerts a year and some other occasional playing.
Tuesday during school term times, Harlow
The orchestra was founded in the early 1960s. Membership numbers have varied over the years and are currently very strong, although we are always pleased to hear from local players who may be interested in joining.
Wednesdays in term time 7.45-9.45pm The Warehouse Centre, Brooke Rd Industrial Estate. Rayleigh , Essex
We are a community wind band with around 50 members. We perform about 10 concerts per year for various local charities. We regularly play at Orsett Show, Essex Country Show and Southend Band Stand. In the past we have played at St. James' Park, Greenwich Park and Eastbourne Band Stand. We welcome players of all abilities but Grade 5 is needed to play at concerts. Trumpet and percussion players are particularly welcome.
Tuesday 20.15 at Crabtree Junior School Harpenden
The Harpenden Concert Band is Harpenden's very own community wind band. Our repertoire is very broad, from classical to pop, Latin to marching band. We play for our own entertainment for an hour and a half every Tuesday evening, and we give regular performances in community events in the town and to our families and friends. We're always happy to welcome any woodwind or brass players - no auditions or grade requirements.
Weds 8:00-9:00pm during term time, Harpenden Musicale, Sun Lane, Harpenden, AL5 4GJ
Caroline Marriott 01582 713333
This Adult Only Band caters for Wind and Brass players of all standards and no audition is required. It meets at Musicale in Sun Lane, Harpenden, for just one hour on a Wednesday evening for fun and the enjoyment of making music together.
Haverhill Flute Group
About once a month, Fridays 7.30-9.30, Kedington Community Centre, Arms Lane, Kedington
Elizabeth Quarterman 07817 095 443
We are a group of keen adult amateurs of all abilities with flutes of all sizes from bass to piccolo!
Kevin Hill MBE
2.30-5.30pm, various Sundays
Deena Shypitka, Tel & Fax 01440-763799
5 orchestral concerts per season, also promotes recitals and Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist Competition. Minimum standard grade 8
Millmead school, Port Vale, Hertford, Tuesday evenings 7.30
Claire Lovegrove 01920 469839
The Hertford Symphony Orchestra has gained a reputation for its accomplished performances of exciting programmes, which has developed further with the appointment of its talented and ambitious new musical director Jonathan Mann. The season includes three symphony concerts as well as family, children's and Christmas concerts. Membership is drawn from a wide area in Hertfordshire and the orchestra is always looking for new members of a good standard.
Thursday evening 7:30pm-10:15pm at Applecroft school Welwyn Garden City
We perform six or seven times a year in locations throughout Hertfordshire and are looking for Grade 8 standard and above string players, though enquiries from other players are welcome.
Monday evenings in Welwyn Garden City
he Herts Big Band was formed in 2003 and has performed at many venues in Hertfordshire as well as having participated in the national concert band festival on several occasions, produced a CD and undertaken 4 overseas tours to France and Spain. The Herts Big Band (amateur) are looking to appoint a new musical director after current MD Mike Hamnett steps down at the end of July.
Sunday evenings every two or three weeks usually at Little Benslow Hills, Hitchin
Alison Eales 01462 896778
Colette Elliott 01462 835310
The band's ethos is essentially one of a large group of friends meeting to rehearse and perform music for the pleasure of doing so. The band welcomes new members and can accommodate a wide range of performing ability.
Hitchin on Tuesday evenings in term time
All ages, all abilities, all instruments. Repertoire light music, jazz, world music.
Paul Adrian Rooke
Wednesday evenings during school term time from 7.30 to 9.30 pm at Kingshott School, Hitchin
Paul Adrian Rooke 01462 458614
Founded in 1929 by Mary Ibberson at the Rural Music Schools Association. There are vacancies for trumpet, heavy brass, timpani, percussion. String players always welcome.
7.30 pm. in the crypt hall of the Union Church, Westgate, Hunstanton (opposite the Library).
An amateur wind band based in the north west of Norfolk and the town band of Hunstanton. This busy band plays between 15 and 20 engagements each year at a variety of venues, playing a very wide range of music. There are no auditions or joining requirements at the moment and the band welcomes new players of all ages to join us and make music in a very friendly atmosphere.
Every Tuesday from 7.45pm to 9.45pm at Jubilee Park, Huntingdon, Cambs, PE28 2NR
We are a Community Wind Band, self funding that plays about 8 Concerts per year. Our styles range through all genres from Original works for Wind Band through Big Band Arrangements, Film and Stage. We have vacancies for Trumpet, Horn, baritone Saxophone and Tuned Percussion and ask for a standard of Grade 6 as a minimum.
Saturday mornings (during term time), Huntingdonshire Regional College
Saturday morning music school for adults and children. There are more than 460 students with ages ranging from 4 to 83, and at least 35 staff who give individual tuition and direct ensembles. See website for full details.
Thursdays, 7:45 to 10:00 PM, Godmanchester Primary School, Park Lane, Godmanchester
Also has associated choir
Holywells High School, Ipswich, Thursday evening (from 7.30 to 9.45 pm)
Jane MacDonald 01473 652913
A well-respected symphony orchestra giving three concerts a year in Ipswich Corn Exchange, performing with world class soloists. Our annual Family Concert is also a very popular event. Membership enquiries are welcome, Grade 7 for strings and Grade 8 for winds/brass.
Alternate Mondays during term time in either King's College School or St John's College School in west Cambridge
Founded in 2006 by a group of Cambridge parents, the KJO is now a flourishing small orchestra. The orchestra is friendly and welcoming, especially to those who have not played for a while. There's also a strong social element to rehearsals, which always include time for a glass of wine and a chat. There are vacancies for new members, particularly in string and brass sections.
Sacred Heart Church Hall, 5 Beaudesert, Leighton Buzzard, Beds. LU7 1HZ - Tuesdays 7:45-9:45pm
Julia Shepherd 07707- 995812
The Leighton-Linslade Concert Band was formed in the summer of 2008, we are a concert band - a wind orchestra - consisting of woodwind, brass and percussion. The Band has members from Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. We welcome brass players, woodwind players and percussionists. If you enjoy playing a wide range of music styles and you are interested in joining a friendly ensemble please contact us!
Sundays 2.30 - 5.30pm every other weekend (term-time only) The Settlement, Nevells Road, Letchworth
Ann Parkhouse 01462 686309
Founded in 1984 - we are a friendly Chamber Orchestra that perform 4 concerts a year. We welcome new players and have vacancies for String players Grade 6 upwards.
Sunday 15.00-17.00 Linton Village College, Linton, Cambridgeshire
Linton Jazz was established in 1999 and has grown from strength to strength. With the current age range spanning a good 60 years the most important ingredient of success for us has not been the quality of the playing, though we certainly do our best, but to have fun. We welcome players of all ages and abilities and aim to be as informal and as friendly as possible. We play perhaps 6-8 times a year, mainly at charity events, and we have helped raise thousands of pounds for good causes over the years from our various gigs around the county.
5 Fridays before each Concert in April/May and October at a location in the Luton/Dunstable area
The Orchestra presents at least two concerts each year playing a wide variety of light music and featuring local singers and solo instrumentalists as their guests. The Orchestra is always looking for new players, especially those of stringed instruments. New members are not auditioned, but players should be of Grade 5 standard or above.
Friday evenings 7.30 - 9.30 at Farley Road Methodist Church, North Drift Way, Luton, LU1 5JE
Julian Towler 01582 664484
Deborah Billinghurst 01525 376275
We are a friendly community group, performing 3 concerts a year covering a wide variety of orchestral repertoire. We aim to promote live orchestral music to a high standard and to showcase young, talented soloists. New string players of at least Grade 6 standard are always welcome.
Friday nights at the Friends Meeting House, Butt Lane, MALDON, Essex. CM9 7HD - arrival at 7.30 pm set-up to start at 8.00pm.
Our ethos is to enjoy music with likeminded people, We don't audition and are happy to welcome anyone at any level (although it does help to be able to read music).
Monday evenings 8:15–10:15pm at The Sweyne Park School, Sir Walter Raleigh Drive, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 9BZ
The Melvin Beddow Big Band is a traditional 20 piece big band line up with two vocalists. We play a wide range of authentic big band music including swing, jive, rock & roll, pop and jazz right from the 1920s through to the current day. Founded in 1991, the band have been playing in and around Essex for 25 years and perform on average around 8-10 times a year. Vacancies: We are currently looking for a trombonist to join our brass section
Friday evenings 7.30-10pm in King's Lynn
Gareth Price 01366 728283
Friendly and successful symphony orchestra with international conductor and professional leader, playing to a high standard. Vacancies for committed string players and some percussion. See website for up-to-date information.
North Norfolk Orchestral Society
Most Tuesday evenings, 8pm - 10pm, East Runton Village Hall
Kate Munro (secretary) 07968 323668
Keith Hobday 01263 576561
Founded in 1990, we play a variety of classical music for our own enjoyment and perform about twice a year to raise money for local causes. We are a very friendly group of 30 plus musicians and always welcome new members of any age and standard. Just bring your instrument, plenty of enthusiasm and a sense of humour!
Wednesday between 7.30pm - 9.30pm Mile Cross Methodist Church Aylsham Road Norwich
(Or via contact form on website)
We are a Concert Band based in Norwich and consist of a committed group of Woodwind, Brass and Percussion players. We play a wide range of music at various venues in and around Norfolk throughout the year.
Tuesdays in school term time at 7.15pm, Norwich High School for Girls, Newmarket Road, Norwich.
The Orchestra welcomes new members as and when places become available - established over 150 years.
The Philharmonic at UH
Thursday evenings (7:30 - 10:30) at the University of Hertfordshire
The Philharmonic at UH (also known as the Hatfield Philharmonic) is a sociable orchestra giving first class concerts at the University of Hertfordshire's auditorium in Hatfield. As we are fortunate to have the support of the University we are able perform around six concerts a year of diverse symphonic repertoire.
Thursdays 20:00 to 22:00 Christ Church, Watling Street, Radlett, Herts, WD7 7JJ
Chris McGinity 020 8364-9862 or 07901-972855
The Phoenix Concert Band aims to set high standards in its performances, giving playing opportunities to musicians at the upper end of ability. Players are generally minimum Grade 6 - some well above - so do call if you would like to come along. We don't audition, we'd rather you came along for a few rehearsals to see how it goes.
Every second and fourth Tuesday in the month from 2-4 pm at the Village Hall, Pulham Market, Norfolk.
John Herschel-Shorland 01379852836
An amateur orchestra (25 years old) set up for local musicians from both Norfolk and Suffolk, which is friendly and fun but which also aims to play at a good standard. We welcome players of any standard. We rehearse throughout the year. We generally have 3 or 4 concerts a year, and every 2 years hold a 3 day weekend workshop. Music is a mixture of classical and popular classical.
1st & 3rd Mondays of each month, Jan-June and Sept-Dec, in or near Oundle
Formed in November 2009, the RPO exists to give an opportunity to adults who may be returning to playing after a break, or to good instrumentalists keen to develop a second instrument. We have great fun rehearsing, steadily exploring new repertoire and improving our ensemble playing. We now hold free concerts once or twice each year. These are aimed at friends and family, plus the inhabitants of whichever village whose church forms the venue. (Northants being very well-endowed with beautiful churches). We are now in excess of 50 regular players. We continue to welcome players on all instruments (except clarinets and flutes!), and especially double basses, trombones and French horns.
4-5 Sunday evenings preceding each concert,usually at Newport village hall.
We perform 4-5 concerts per year, primarily of large-scale romantic and 20th-century repertoire; there are four or five rehearsals for each concert, usually on a Sunday evening. We are always interested in hearing from potential new players, especially in strings, though there may well be vacancies in other sections, too.
Stansted House, Shire Hill , Saffron Walden.CB11 3AQ, Wednesday 7.30pm-9.30pm. Junior Band 6.45pm – 7.15pm
Steph Thake 077792 66853
(Or via contact form on website)
The Saffron Walden Town Band was reformed in the early 1980s. We are a community based ensemble of woodwind, brass and percussion players. We currently have around 50 members, who rehearse in a relaxed and friendly environment. The Band enables musicians of all ages and abilities to come together to make music, have fun and share musical knowledge and enthusiasm with others. We hold 3 main concerts each year, in and around Saffron Walden. We also perform at local events and help to raise money for various different charities. In June 2010 we formed the Junior Band to cater for young people between the ages of 8 and 13 who are just starting their musical adventures.
Sue Hind Woodward
Wednesday mornings (during school term) 10:00 to 12:00 at The Mid Herts Centre for Music and Arts, Hatfield
Founded in 2002 to provide an opportunity for persons available during the day who wish to get together simply to enjoy the making of music. No commitment to a program of concerts although we do occasionally play for schools and the elderly.
Tuesday mornings 10:00 to 11:45 during school term time, at Marshalswick Baptist Free Church, 4 Sherwood Avenue, St. Albans AL4 9QL
SARO Winds was formed in 2004 to accommodate an overflow of wind and brass players from St Albans Rehearsal Orchestra. We play a very wide range of music, primarily for fun, although we do visit local schools and play in concerts in aid of local charities. We don't audition but potential players are welcome to come along to a few sessions to see how they get on.
Homewood Road United Reformed Church, St. Albans on Wednesdays from 7.30 - 10.00
Alan McGlynn 0208 361 0917
A large high-standard amateur orchestra performing approximately 10 concerts per season in St. Albans and beyond, including St. John's Smith Square, London. Recent repertoire includes Mahler, Symphony No.1; Janacek, Sinfonietta; Holst, The Planets. Normal minimum standard: Gr.8. Check website for playing and deputising opportunities.
Chamber Orchestra of St Ives
Typically once per month, Thursday 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM in the Free Church, St Ives
This newly formed orchestra in St Ives Cambridgeshire gives several concerts each year for the local community, usually linked with wider community initiatives. They are varied and include children's' concerts, traditional classical concerts, performances linked with the choral society, poetry and more contemporary productions. The playing is of a very high standard. There is no joining or membership fee nor are auditions required to join.
Every Tuesday during term time, 07:45 PM to 09:30 PM in music hall at Ernulf Community College in St Neots.
Jean Searle, 01480 212298
We are the community orchestra for the St Neots area in Cambridgeshire. We typically perform five public concerts each year: two traditional concerts, one with the St Neots Choral Society, a PROM type concert for St Neots town and a children's' Christmas concert. We pride ourselves on being an extremely friendly orchestra and welcome new members of grade VII and above, Associated Board. We generally have vacancies for string players (all instruments) and occasionally also for wind players. There are no auditions to join.
Every fortnight on a Monday, 7:15-9:15pm. Locations Beighton, Norwich
Frankie 07960 923727
Saxobility is a Saxophone ensemble that was founded over 10 years ago. They are amateur musicians of all ages and abilities and welcome saxophonists with open arms.
Every Friday night unless told otherwise at Clacton Baptist Church 7pm-9pm
We play different styles of music please note our new email address
Wednesday evenings, Colman Junior School, South Park Avenue, Norwich, Norfolk NR4 7AU
Simon Shirley (Chairman)
Mary Thrower (Membership Secretary)
A friendly amateur orchestra of approx. 30 musicians. It specialises in 'Light' music from across the stage, screen, concert hall and 'classical' fields. Formed in 1926 it performs 4 to 6 concerts each year, principally in aid of good causes. Qualifications are not set for entry but it is expected that those who apply should be capable of making an early impact in the performance of the Orchestra's concert repertoire.
Ipswich Road United Reformed Church, Norwich at 7.30pm on most Tuesday evenings during school term times
The Sillars Windband is a group of about 17 amateur woodwind and brass players based in Norwich, Norfolk. The windband was formed in 2005 as an offshoot from the larger Sillars Light Orchestra. It specialises in entertaining the elderly in residential homes in and around Norwich, but it also performs in churches and other venues. Please see our website for more information and for details of any current vacancies for players.
Wednesday evenings at St Margaret's Church Hall, Lime Avenue, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 3PA 7.30 - 9.30
Mandy Bearman - 01268 793920
We give three concerts a year. Occasionally we have vacancies in the wind and brass sections but string players are always welcome. There is no audition. We play a very varied repertoire.
Chalkwell Park Methodist Church, Eastwood Lane South, Chalkwell, Essex, on Wednesday evenings 7.45 - 9.45pm
Sallie Falvey 01702 206156
Only established in April 2002 but already 50 strong. Minimum standard Grade 6 but most members are well beyond that. We play the whole range of the wind band repertoire, with a special emphasis on contemporary works.
Thursday evenings, Stamford Junior School, Kettering Road
The Stamford Chamber Orchestra was formed by Jeremy Pike in 1983. Its players are all local musicians, both professional and amateur, drawn mostly from Stamford, Oakham and the surrounding areas. We welcome enquiries from players interested in playing with the orchestra. Please email our Concert Secretary and fixer, Terry Noble
Wednesdays 8pm at the Community Arts Centre on Roaring Meg retail park, Stevenage
David Handley (chairman) 01727 858714
We are an amateur orchestra based in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, performing a number of public concerts each season. New players are very welcome, especially strings.
Every Thursday in term time
We are a friendly amateur orchestra based in Sudbury, Suffolk, performing three public concerts each year. Occasionally we have vacancies in the wind and brass sections but string players (Grade V standard and above) are always welcome.
Wednesday evenings in term time, 7:30-9:30, South Lee School, Bury St Edmunds
(contact via website)
Suffolk Sinfonia is a symphony orchestra based at Bury St Edmunds in West Suffolk. We give three concerts a year at The Apex in Bury. Professional music teachers make up the core of the orchestra which rehearses regularly on Wednesdays during term time. Music students and gifted amateurs also help to maintain the high standard of playing. All are welcome to enquire, but we are mainly looking for string players of grade 8 standard.
Tuesdays at 7:30-9:30pm at 52 Blackheath Rd, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 7JG ('Deaf Centre')
Frankie Ayers 01502 513735
Secretary Reg Coleman 01502 567416.
The Lowestoft Orchestral Society is an orchestra for musicians with a grade standard 4 or above, we play a varied programme. New members would be very welcome. If you would be interested please contact our Musical Director Frankie Ayers on 01502 513735. Or our Secretary Reg Coleman on 01502 567416.
Professor Christopher Green OBE
Various/during college/university vacation periods
Based in Ipswich, Suffolk, Trianon performs varied and exciting programmes in venues such as Snape Maltings Concert Hall and Ipswich Corn Exchange. With rehearsals scheduled in and around college vacation times, membership need not interfere with other commitments. No audition is necessary but a minimum standard equivalent to grade 5 (Associated Board) is required.
University of Hertfordshire Big Band
Hertfordshire University, John Lill Centre, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10
Richard Barnard 07754406965
Grade 5+ (but not mandatory) We are looking for new recruitment.
Rehearsals are scheduled in the fortnight prior to the concert
The Vivace Ensemble specialises in producing exciting concert programmes in the chamber orchestra setting. As well as performing locally in Cambridge, Vivace Ensemble has toured to Germany this year this year under its musical director, Alex Reid.
Thursday evenings, 8pm at Nascot Wood Junior School, Watford.
Cathy Shipman, Secretary 01923 239288
A well established high standard orchestra providing experienced amateurs with an opportunity to make classical music in a friendly environment. We perform 4 concerts a year at Clarendon Muse, our boutique concert hall. New string players of grade 8 standard welcome.
The group meets most Thursdays between 8:00 pm and 9:30 pm at St Oswald's Church Hall, Malvern Way, Croxley Green nr Watford
Bob Wallace (via Website)
Tony Hunter 01923 836288
We are an intermediate standard for those returning after a gap in music making or those who are less experienced we have players from grade 3 / 4 upwards. We don't perform as such but we have a gathering at the end of Winter and Summer terms to play through to friends and family
David Adleson and Lizzie Skinner
Saturday afternoon and evening, and Sunday morning of weekends preceding concerts
The Waveney Sinfonia Musical Society was formed in 1978 and was the brainchild of Richard Featherstone. The aim was to give Waveney (a district in Suffolk, UK) an orchestra and to provide an opportunity for local young people to play with more mature musicians in an orchestra under a professional baton. The orchestra is based in Lowestoft and performs three times yearly (October, January and May/June). Rehearsals take place during the weekend before each concert and also on the day itself. Prospective players (preferably with their instrumental teacher's support) should email email@example.com
Currently meeting on Sunday afternoons in Beccles, Suffolk
Netta Swallow 01502 470135
A new string orchestra, taking string players (violin, viola, cello, double bass) of all abilities (from about grade 2/3). Members of the Blythe String quartet and other local qualified musicians conduct and provide coaching for all our sessions.
Templewood School, Pentley Park, Welwyn Garden City AL8 7SD; Chorus: Mondays, 7.45-9.45pm, Orchestra: Tuesdays, 7.45-10pm
Celia Smith, Orchestra Secretary 01992 551943
Margaret Breese, Choir Secretary, 01438 718702
A chorus and chamber orchestra performing 4 main concerts and special events each season in Welwyn Garden City, Welwyn and Hatfield. Chorus and orchestra both perform together and separately. Inquiries from prospective members welcome.
Heathlands School, West Bergholt, near Colchester, Essex, Fridays 7pm-9pm Training Band 6pm-7pm
Graham Wilson 01206 824157
The band was founded in 1978 by a local music teacher, and offers musicians of all ages & abilities a relaxed atmosphere in which to perform a wide range of music - Swing, Classical, Pop, Marches, Show Tunes, Film Themes, etc. There's no audition - you can just turn up at a rehearsal.
Peter Strudwick and Chris Brown
Springwood High School on Wednesday evenings 6:30pm until 9:00pm
WNJYO has been around for 30 years now and was started back in 1977 with its first conductor, Roy Whittingham (now deceased). Since then we have expanded and generally got better. We have two ensembles - the Orchestra and Concert Band.
Thursday evening 7.45 - 9.15 pm at Queen Street Methodist Church, Queen Street, Whittlesey, Peterborough PE7 1AY
WWE aims to provide an opportunity to people of all ages to participate and enjoy themselves within a Concert Band style ensemble. A wide repertoire of popular music from the shows,films, classics and more. The standard varies from grade 3 to grade 8. The ensemble is looking for tenor sax, clarinet, cornet/trumpet, horns Eb and F, trombone and tuba players.
Conductors by invitation
Concerts preceded by two all-day Sunday rehearsals at Stoke High School, Maidenhall Approach, Ipswich IP2 8PL
Contact via website
Wolsey Orchestra is committed to musical excellence and to promoting concerts of the highest musical standard. It is justly proud of its growing reputation as one of the finest amateur orchestras in East Anglia. The orchestra consists of a large core group of established members, augmented by invited players drawn from a 'pool' of local players who are drawn to the challenge of focused working on attractive programmes over a short time-scale.
Monday evenings from September to March during school terms The Methodist Church, St John's Street, Woodbridge IP12 1ED
Neville Reeder 01473-240737
Mary Reidy 01728-685642
Long established orchestra (1907), currently numbering around 50, has players with a wide range of abilities. Since our repertoire has moved towards popular classical music, our string section has strengthened considerably. Although our orchestra is essentially complete, we can accept a few more string players, and a waiting list is maintained for players of other instruments.
Tuesdays during term time from 7.45-9.45pm at Wymondham High School,Folly Road,Wymondham,Norfolk
Adrienne Cleary 01953 789637
Brian Randall 01953 601939
The orchestra was founded in 1984 as a community orchestra with the aim of providing an outlet for the musical aspirations of talented school children and adults who wished to play their instruments on a regular basis with like-minded musicians. Nicholas Daniel has kindly agreed to be the new patron since the recent death of Sir Malcolm Arnold, the orchestras original patron.