UK Amateur Orchestras

East Midlands (Derbys, Notts, Lincs, Leics, Northants)

NEW - entries since 1 Jan 2016

NEW - entries since 1 Jun 2016

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Conductor /
Leader
Rehearsal Venue / Times
 
Contact(s)
 
Philip Burditt
 
Sunday evenings at the Music School in Kettering Road, Northampton (entrance in Clare Street), 8:00pm - 10:00pm
 Dinah Elliott 01536 519414
 
A band open to all and aimed at adult beginners. We try to have strong section leaders to help the other players along and we tackle anything from Monteverdi to the Kaiser Chiefs. There are no auditions, and unless any section gets ridiculously overpopulated, no particular limits on numbers of players.
Adrian Ashton
 
Monday evenings 7.30-9.30 at Holy Trinity Church, Kilwardby Street, Ashby de la Zouch, LE65 2FR
 Adrian Ashton
 Amanda Berry
We are a friendly local community band. We play 3 or 4 concerts a year mainly in Ashby but also in the surrounding area. We have a minimum grade 5 entry standard and entry is by audition.
Claus Efland
Adam Summerhayes
Intensive rehearsals before each concert
 Mark Penny
 
 
Ray Jones and Gaynor Lovett
 
Tuesdays, 7.15pm at the Zion Church Openwoodgate in Belper
 Ray Jones
 
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.
Ashley Parnell
Aimee Parnell
Wednesday 7.15pm start at Robert Miles Junior School Bingham, Nottingham. All welcome
 Sarah Parnell 07710 561982
 
New ensemble who have a passion for making music in a friendly social atmosphere working towards concert performances and raising money for charity along the way. We have a wide ranging repertoire if you have enthusiasm, commitment and a sense of humour we would love to hear from you.
John Sheppard
Richard Foster
Tuesday evenings 7pm to 9pm on Boots site, Nottingham
 Sheila Leeds
  
Formed in 1951 by Boots players, we welcome enquiries from all local musicians. We meet weekly to play music of all eras and styles in an enjoyable atmosphere. We give around 3 concerts in the Nottingham area each year for local charities. Please see our website for vacancies - we are currently in need of string players generally.
Brian Dipple
 
Wednesdays 7.30-9.30, Turweston Village Hall
 Simone Davies
 
We are a friendly, well established group of wind players who play around three or four concerts a year in support of local charities. We play a wide variety of music from light classical to show and film tunes. We ask for minimum grade 5 standard, no audition required.
Nic Fallowfield
Jon Barwell
Thursday 7.30 to 9.30pm, Humphrey Perkins High School, Barrow upon Soar, Leics.
 Simon Marshall
 
The Charnwood Orchestra is a 60-piece symphony orchestra based in Barrow-upon-Soar, Leicestershire. Founded in 1973, the orchestra performs five concerts a year in Leicestershire and tours to other locations in the UK every two years. Playing a rich variety of music including major works from the classical, Romantic and 20th century repertoire, the orchestra features a range of superb solo artists from all over the country.
Andrew Hodkinson
Edward Boothroyd
Rehearsals are on term time Tuesdays, 7.30 - 9.30 at Ashgate Croft School, Chesterfield.
  
 
The orchestra gives 3 concerts a year, usually in the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield. There are vacancies for new members - especially violas!!
Allister Garrod, Master, City of Lincoln Waites
 
Monday evenings, by arrangement
 Allister Garrod 07896 005598
 
This 15th Century Civic Band, perform on period instruments, wearing appropriate historical costume.
David Calow
Jo Conquest
Fridays every fortnight 7.30p.m. until 9.30p.m. at Christchurch Baptist & Methodist Church, 105a Clarendon Park Road, Leicester LE2 3AH
 David Calow 07825 537 647
 
The Clarendon Park Orchestra is a friendly adult amateur orchestra based in Leicester. We aim to give musicians the opportunity to play and perform classical & more contemporary popular pieces in a friendly and sociable environment. Whilst we strive to always improve our playing and individual skills we also believe that playing music should be fun with on emphasis more on the rehearsals than public performances. We welcome new players from the more experienced, those that maybe wish to revive old skills and those who have begun to play more recently but not beginners. There are no formal auditions. All that we ask is that you can cope with the music, feel reasonably comfortable sight reading and are able to regularly attend rehearsals.
Ted Bottle
 
Tuesday evenings in term-time 7:15 - 8:45 pm, Newbridge High School, Forest Road, Coalville, Leics
 Ted Bottle 01530 834133
 
Playing light classical music in a relaxed environment just for the pleasure of it. No public performances so its members can enjoy playing without the spotlights, an audience and intensive rehearsal schedules. It is an organisation that does not take itself too seriously - and is inexpensive! We also have a chamber music section which meets at other times (usually at members homes) to play sonatas, trios, quartets, and more, for various combinations of instruments.
Kieran O'Riordan
 
First Thursday of each month 7-9pm at Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus (Dance Studio).
 Anna Claydon
 
CoMA (Contemporary Music for All) East Midlands. We specialise in new music, whether it be from the pre-existing repertoire (e.g. Cage, Cardrew, Glass), commissioned by CoMA (e.g. Nyman, Smith, Bryars, Harvey) or written by CoMA's own experienced and learning composers. The ensemble (some pieces include vocal work too) is welcome to all although some solid ability to read classical notation is needed for most pieces.

The Community Orchestra, Syston

Tabitha Bolam
 
Wednesday Evenings in Syston, Leicestershire
 Tabitha Bolam 07548 844212
 
New orchestra starting up in Syston, Leicestershire. It's a community orchestra with any age and standard welcome.
Gill Henshaw
 
Thursdays, 10.30am – 12.30pm, St Margaret’s Church Hall, Aspley Lane, Aspley, Nottingham NG8 5GE
 Kirstie Hind
 Anne Jackson
This NEW group, based in Aspley, rehearses 3 terms per year. Autumn (Sept – Nov), Spring (Jan – March) and Summer (April – June) with 7 – 9 rehearsals per term. A wide ranging repertoire has been chosen for the orchestra with something for everyone, from classics to film music!
Simon Willis
Andrew Denton
Wednesdays, 7:15pm - 9:30pm @ The Royal British Legion, Allestree, 39 Cornhill, Derby DE22 2FS
  
 
Derby Concert Band has been practising and performing music as a band in Derby for over 30 years. Our repertoire includes traditional band ensemble music, film, television and theatre themes, classical repertoire and big band jazz. Please enquire on our website for further details on the band and how to join us.
Jonathan Trout
 
Monday evenings during school term from 7.15 - 9.45pm at St.Benedicts Catholic School, Duffield Road, Darley Abbey, Derby DE22 1JD
 Bryan Clarke 01332 559374
 Jonathan Trout 01629 823669
Orchestra members are an eclectic group of individuals, joining together for their own self development as well as to perform live music in the Derbyshire area. Music is chosen for each orchestral season following suggestions by our members, so a broad range of classical tastes is offered. Rehearsals are friendly, businesslike and fun, something to look forward to on a weekly basis. We are often looking for more players, Cellists and Double Bass players at a particular premium at the moment. We can normally accommodate more violins and violas at a suggested standard of around Grade 7-8.
Ian Earnshaw
 
Thursday 7pm to 8.45 pm, at the Royal Derby Hospital
 Enquiries
 
Fun friendly wind band, no set skill level, all musicians welcome, practices at the Royal Derby Hospital. All funds we raise through playing events and concerts go straight back into the hospital.

Derby Philharmonic Orchestra

Helen Nash
 
St Osmunds Church Hall Thursday 7.30 - 9.00
 Helen Nash
 
We are a well established amateur orchestra playing all types of music. We have been established for over 60 years and take any amateur orchestral players with a desire to play with other musicians. We do not have an audition policy just a desire to enjoy orchestral playing.
Sarah Ireland
Matt Simpson
7pm – 9 pm Tuesday evenings St Osmund’s Church Hall – Alvaston
 Matt Simpson 07791616814 / 01332 874424
 Trudi Jones
Fun band, friendly band which specialises in playing Glen Millar, Upbeat Latin American music, with a little Disney for good measure. All musicians welcome regardless of musical abilities. For more information please see our Derby Serenaders Facebook Page.
Mat Davis
Stephen Howarth
Monday evenings at the Djanogly City Academy, Nottingham, 7.00 - 9.15 pm
 Jacky Fisher
 
We are a large friendly amateur orchestra, who rehearse throughout the year. We usually perform three concerts a year, often working with local young musicians or local choirs. We welcome expressions of interest from all competent players, and although our vacancies varies we are currently seeking a Bass Trombone, Double Bass and some other strings.

Dukeries Community Concert Band

Malcolm Bevan
 
Tuesday in term time - 7 - 9pm, Dukeries Community College
 Linda Adrych
 
Any players welcome - no standards, no auditions. We have pupils from 10 upwards. Concerts 3 times a year. Please email for more details.
Sallyann Fowles
 
Wednesday Evenings, 7:30pm till 9:30pm at the Enderby Village Institute, opposite the Methodist Church, just up from the Coop on Cross Street LE19 4NJ
Thomas Dun 07834 783814
Greg Hayes 07766 797057
A traditional concert band format, we cater for all wind and brass instruments and our range of players currently includes Clarinets, Flutes and Piccolo, Saxophones, Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpets, Cornets, Horns, Euphonium, Trombones, Tuba and a Percussionists. Our players range from beginners to experienced Grade 8 musicians, of all ages and we play a range of popular and classical band music. We play a whole variety of music from old to new. The band is a great way of making friends and meeting new people, as well as being in the band, improving your playing and learning new skills. Auditions are not required, anyone is welcome.
Mason Thompson
John Birkett
Friday evenings 7-9pm September to May at New Sawley Methodist Chapel, Tamworth Road, Sawley NG10 3GU
  
 
A small friendly group of mainly adult amateur players of orchestral instruments (with piano). We play a variety of light and classical arrangements just for pleasure - no public performances - so don't worry if you're 'out-of-practice'. No annual membership subscription, just a nightly fee when you attend. Give us a try, and then play with us again when you can if you've enjoyed your first night!
Tim Capes
Hannah Box-Saayman
Wednesday evenings during term time 7-9pm at St Lawrence's Church, Heanor, DE75 7AH
 Freya James 01773 760167
 
We are an amateur community orchestra that welcomes players of all ages who enjoy making music and seeking to improve. Usually 2 or 3 local concerts a year, with repertoire ranging from classical to show tunes. We have vacancies in all sections and enquiries from all instruments are always welcome. Why not bring your instrument and music stand and give us a try?
Kathryn Cartwright
 
Church Langton Community Centre (Nr Market Harborough), fortnightly on Monday evenings from 7-9pm (see website for full schedule)
 Andrew Cartwright, Charity Chief Executive
 
Open to all adults with a playing standard of Grade 3 or above, our Adult Flute Choir plays popular classical works, West End show arrangements and new commissions in 4-8 part harmony in a range of concerts. No auditions to join, just a commitment to attend a vast majority of the rehearsals.
Kathryn Cartwright
 
St Dionysius Church Hall, Market Harborough, fortnightly on Tuesday evenings from 7.30-9.30pm. (see website for full schedule)
 Andrew Cartwright, Charity Chief Executive
 
Open to all ages of brass, wind, string and percussion players whether school age or adult, you simply need to be Grade 4 or above and able to read and play music fluently. Our Chamber Ensemble has a varied repertoire including film themes, classical works and easy listening pieces. This ensemble performs in a range of concerts and there are no auditions to join, just a commitment to attend a vast majority of the rehearsals. Especially looking for string players at the moment please.
Tony Rifugiato
 
Church Langton Community Centre (Nr Market Harborough), fortnightly on Monday evenings from 7-9pm (see website for full schedule)
 Andrew Cartwright, Charity Chief Executive
 
Open to all ages, this friendly band just needs you to be able to read and play music fluently. We especially need brass players please. Our band performs at a varied range of venues and are growing from strength to strength. No auditions to join, just a commitment to attend a vast majority of the rehearsals.
Lluis Mather
 
Great Bowden Village Hall (Nr Market Harborough), fortnightly on Sunday mornings from 10am-12noon. (see website for full schedule)
 Andrew Cartwright, Charity Chief Executive
 
Open to all ages of saxophonists whether school age or adult, you simply need to be able to read and play music fluently. Our Sax Choir has a varied repertoire including classical works, jazz numbers and easy listening pieces which are played on alto, tenor and baritone saxes only. This choir performs in a range of concerts including touring Europe. No auditions to join, just a commitment to attend a vast majority of the rehearsals.
Kathryn Cartwright
 
Great Bowden Village Hall, Market Harborough, fortnightly on Monday evenings from 6.30-8.30pm. (see website for full schedule)
 Andrew Cartwright, Charity Chief Executive
 
Open to flautists up to 18 years of age, this choir's minimum standard to Grade 3 and we perform 4-8 part harmony across a range of popular classical works, West End show arrangements and new commissions. This choir performs in a range of concerts including touring Europe. No auditions to join, just a commitment to attend a vast majority of the rehearsals.
Mary Michell
 
The Guildhall Arts Centre on St Peter's Hill in Grantham, usually on the first Saturday of each month (please telephone or e-mail before you come). All sessions run from 9.30am to 12.30pm and the attendance fee is £7 per session.
 SoundLINCS 01522 510073
 
GOOW is one of two 'occasional orchestras' in Lincolnshire giving keen amateur orchestral musicians - including those who admit to being a bit out-of-practice - the chance to play together in a friendly and unpressured environment. Newcomers are welcome, even if you've not played for a while: we just ask you to be comfortable working from notation. All you need is an instrument - whether woodwind, brass, strings or percussion - plus a music stand and the desire to enjoy making music with others.
Alan Edgar
Gordon Mumby
North Lindsey College Drama Studio, Tuesdays 7.00.pm - 9.00 pm
 Alan Edgar
 
Founded in 2000. 3 concerts a year. No auditions. 45-50 members. Very friendly orchestra playing extensive repertoire - see website. If you want to play orchestral music then this is the orchestra for you
Mat Davis
Nicola Jackson
Tuesday 7.30pm-9.30pm, St Werburgh's Church, Spondon, Derbyshire £2 per rehearsal.
 Deena Draycott 0115 9300208
 
Previous orchestral experience is required for new members and most music we perform requires technical standard of grade 8 and beyond. 3 - 4 concerts a year from the full orchestra and 2 chamber concerts from the splinter groups.
Eric Darlington
 
Monday 7.30 - 9.30 p.m. at the John Cleveland College, Hinckley, Leicestershire
 Hazel Baker
 
A 'Big Band' playing a range of music including popular classical works, Miller medleys and show tunes, we regularly play concerts in local churches and theatres, and also play for dinner dances and balls, including very popular '1940's nights' at the Heart of the Shires in Northants. New members always welcome.
Peter Dunkley
Carolyn Nash
Monday evenings 7.30 to 9.30pm at Isebrook School, Eastleigh Road, Kettering
 Ralph Tatam
 Kate Coles
A friendly orchestra who perform two concerts a year in the autumn and spring terms and an informal summer term to try something different. We have vacancies for string and brass players so if you are interested please contact us
Paul Jenkins
David Russell
Intensive rehearsals before each concert
 Paul Jenkins, 0116 2702572
 
4 programmes per year including opera performances with Knighton Opera. Full details on or WEB site
Brian Humpherson MBE
 
Wednesdays (term time only) at The Richard Attenborough Centre, Lancaster Road, Leicester LE1 7HA
  
 
We are an adult only amateur wind bind based in the city of Leicester. We are currently about sixty-eight strong but still have empty chairs.We perform music in a wide range of musical styles including repertoire composed specifically for the British Wind Band tradition, as well as arrangements of classical pieces, popular songs, Musicals & Novelty items. looking to attract players of a minimum of grade v or equivalent standard.
John Andrews
Catherine Cole
Usually at Mayflower Church Hall, Ethel Road, Leicester, on Sunday afternoons and Monday evenings leading up to a concert
 Pat Dobson 0116 2677372
 
New players of a good standard are invited to join where there is a vacancy. In particular we would be very interested to hear from violin and double bass players. An extensive repertoire of 19th and 20th century symphonic music is performed.
Michael Sackin
Elizabeth Medrow
University of Leicester, usually on Wednesday and Friday evenings 7.30-9.30 in run-up to concert, plus the afternoon of the concert
 Michael Sackin 0116 270 3310
 
ULS gives about four concerts per year and strives to combine decent standard with happy atmosphere. We have wonderful concerto soloists, and some concerts are in collaboration with local choral societies. The repertoire ranges from Bach to 21st century, including some extremely rewarding world premières.

Leicestershire Sinfonia

Theo Lester
Jane Parker
Intensively leading up to the concert; usually two concerts a year
 Jane Scannell
 
Enthusiastic and friendly orchestra, rehearsals usually Tuesdays or Wednesdays and Sunday afternoons leading up to the concert. We particularly need violins and violas.
Richard Lindsay / Kathleen Berg
 
Published on our website
 Susan McEwan
 
A renaissance windband of recorders, crumhorns and percussion, with added colour provided by viols, cornett, sackbut, curtal and other early reed instruments.
Neville Turner
Caroline Siriwardena
Canwick Village Hall (on the outskirts of Lincoln) Thursdays at 7.30pm
  
 
The orchestra was founded in the 1880s, and currently has around 60 members. We perform 5 concerts a year in the Lincoln area.
Neil Brizland and Roderick Dunk
Rowan Patterson
Wednesdays at RAF Cranwell
 Malcolm Goodman 01400 262363
 
A unique musical partnership between the professional musicians from its home base at RAF Cranwell and instrumentalists from around the region.
Trevor Lax
Zosia Cocker
Upper Charnwood College, Thorpe Hill, Loughborough on Monday evenings
 Gillian Butcher (Secretary)
 
We are an amateur orchestra of some 40 members who meet weekly to play music in an informal and enjoyable atmosphere. Two or three public concerts, of late eighteenth to early twentieth century music, are given each year.
Steve Simpson
 
Tuesday during term time at Limehurst Academy, Loughborough between 4:00 and 5:15 pm.
 Steve Simpson 01509 263444
 
At more than 40, we are the longest Orchestra for young people in the Loughborough Area. We cater for a wide range of abilities. Our current members consist of grade 1 up to grade 8. We have members from both primary and secondary schools. (Aged currently between 9 and 16 years old).

Louth People’s Orchestra

Susan Grant
 
Twice monthly on a Sunday afternoon in Louth
Amanda 01507 356814
Terry 01507 450264 or 01507 473637.
It is an open access orchestra; all you need is an instrument and a music stand - there is no qualifying standard. We are looking for new members - strings and brass particularly welcome at the moment.
Jason Griffin, Sophie Gray, Luke Bryan
 
Monday evenings 6.30 - 8.30 pm, Wigston United Reformed Church, Long Street, Wigston, LE18 2AJ
 Jason Griffin 07582 619487
Rosalind Read (0116) 2888115
The Magna Music Band - Getting Music into the Community...and the Community into Music. Any age, any instrument - join us for rehearsals, workshops, performances and more - it's your band, so come and play!
Stephen Bell
David Leech
Intensive rehearsals, just prior to the concert, late January and September
See orchestra web page
 
The Market Harborough Orchestra is a friendly group who welcome adult players (over 16s). No auditions.
Mat Davis
Jenny Beaumont
Second and Fifth Fridays of a month. 7.30pm-9.30pm. The Church on Rise Park, Nottingham, NG5 5EB
 Mat Davis
 
A large symphony sized orchestra dedicated to breaking down the barriers and stereotypes of classical music. Repertoire ranges from the likes of Beethoven to Bruno Mars including lots of film music. Join us to rehearse and perform high quality music in a relaxed and supportive environment. Strings: Grade 4 and above. Wind and Brass: Grade 6 and above. All ages welcome!
Nan Ingrams
Alan Walton
Covenant Life Church, Nottingham Street, Melton Mowbray at 7.45-9.45 on Mondays
 Alan Walton 07879 868959
 
We are a small amateur orchestra of standard Grade 5 upwards. We perform typically 3 or 4 concerts per year, usually in north east Leicestershire.
Andy Johnson
 
Moulton College, NN3 7SX, on Monday nights during term time 6.45 - 8.30pm
 Sarah Hall
 
We offer an inclusive group for all wind instrument players, regardless of age or ability, and as such we believe we are unique in Northamptonshire. We play music at a grade 2/3 standard arranged for wind ensemble. Currently we are very lucky to have the services of an excellent musical director, Andy Johnson, who has graduated from music college, and works full time in music education at NMPAT (Northampton Music and Performing Arts Trust).
Mary Michell
 
The C of E Aided Junior School on Mill Hill in Nettleham, near Lincoln, on the second or third Saturday of each month (please telephone or e-mail before you come). All sessions run from 9.30am to 12.30pm and the attendance fee is £7 per session.
 SoundLINCS 01522 510073
 
NOW is one of two 'occasional orchestras' in Lincolnshire giving keen amateur orchestral musicians - including those who admit to being a bit out-of-practice - the chance to play together in a friendly and unpressured environment. Newcomers are welcome, even if you've not played for a while: we just ask you to be comfortable working from notation. All you need is an instrument - whether woodwind, brass, strings or percussion - plus a music stand and the desire to enjoy making music with others.
Colum J O'Shea
 
Most Tuesdays at The Dome, Kelham Hall & Country Park, Main Road, Kelham, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG23 5QX
 Caroline Noble 07766 694693
 
Newark & Sherwood Concert Band comprises 50+ musicians. Anyone wishing to come along should just check the calendar on our website and give us a call.

Northampton Baroque Players

Derek Skinner
 
Rehearsals in the Northampton area as required for concerts
 Derek Skinner 01604 761836
 
An amateur orchestra formed in 2010 with a repertoire of music from the baroque period. Amateur musicians of moderate to good musical standard are invited to join this friendly and easy going orchestra.
Graham Tear
NA
Sunday mornings 10:30 - 12:30 at NMPAT headquarters, NN1 4AZ
 Members Secretary
 
We are a thriving community wind band suited to players of grade 7 and above. We perform around 8 concerts a year and have received many gold & platinum awards at the BASBWE festival. New members are always welcome.
David Chambers
 
Thursday evening at the University of Northampton (park campus) Boughton Green Road, 7-30 to 9-30pm.
 Christine Irons 01604 770487
 
An amateur orchestra formed over 100 years ago with a repertoire of mainly light music. We welcome musicians of moderate to good musical standard to join this friendly and easy going orchestra.
Monica Coles & Sue Amos
 
Once a month, usually on the second Saturday of the month at the Northampton Music School in Kettering Rd
 Michelle Koster 01295 760119
 
We are a group set up to give recorder players of all abilities to play in a moderate sized group.

Northampton String Orchestra

David Leech
Mike Gosling
Wednesday Afternoons from 2.00 - 4.00 pm (during term time) at the Music Scool, Clare Street, just off the Kettering Rd in Northampton, NN1 4AZ.
 Mary Brown (Secretary) 01327 860909
 
We are a relaxed and friendly group of string players who enjoy making music together for fun. We do not usually give concerts though we sometimes invite friends and family to Open Rehearsals. We play mainly classical music including much of the repertoire for strings plus other pieces which have been adapted for String Orchestras. We have vacancies for all string instruments, and welcome any player from around Grade 4 standard and above.
Alexander Walker
Trevor Dyson
Wednesday evenings (term time) from 7.30-9.45pm at Northampton Music School, Kettering Road, Northampton
 Pam Dyson 01604 712717
 
Established in 1893, the orchestra welcomes amateur and semi-professional players and performs 6 times a year in and around Northampton. New players always welcome - see website for details.
Andrew Bassey
 
The main band rehearses on Tuesday evenings in Denton Village Hall, Vicarage Lane, NN7 1HT. See website for other groups
07985 782085 or via the website
 
Northamptonshire Orchestral Winds is a community wind orchestra college. At present we have 4 regular ensembles. Grade 1 -4 group, grade 4 - 6 group, and 2 grade 8 and above groups. The grade 6 - 8 group started in April 2012. Contact us via our website. NOW advanced winds is a friendly, colourful and award-winning symphonic wind orchestra established in October 2005 by its Musical Director, Andrew Bassey. Timothy Reynish is NOWs President. NOW advanced wind orchestra performed in Carnegie Hall, New York in March 2008. NOW is expanding its numbers across all of its ensembles, so please don't hesitate to apply even if you haven't played for a while. Beginners are welcome on the 12 months beginner course. NOW also runs SUMMER COURSES.

Nottingham Chamber Orchestra

Andrew Foxley
Sarah Foxley
Wednesday evenings, Wollaton, Nottingham East Midlands
 Pen Sensky
 
Nottingham Chamber Orchestra is a friendly group based in Wollaton, Nottingham. We perform 2-3 concerts per year at local venues with a varied repertoire for chamber orchestra. We would love to hear from string players, especially violas and cellos!
Robert Parker
 
Jesse Gray School on Musters Road in West Bridgford each Tuesday evening
 Jeff Fry (Chairman)
 
Part of the musical landscape of the East Midlands since 1991, Nottingham Concert Band is an independent and entirely self-financing community wind band based in West Bridgford, South Nottingham. The band draws on a diversity of musical styles, from classical transcriptions to contemporary compositions and from film and show compilations to big band favourites, and an extensive repertoire ensures a different programme for each performance.
Angela Kay
 
Occasional playing days at NTU Clifton (see website)
 Becci Hooper (administrator) 0115 9589312
 
Our playing days give you the chance to renew your old skills or put new-found ones into practise in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The conductor will be Angela Kay, the Artistic Director of Music for Everyone, who blends expertise, enthusiasm and a great sense of humour. The instrumental parts will be sent out in advance of the course, to give you time to get to grips with the notes ahead of the day itself.
Mark Heron (Music Director)
Clare Bhabra
6 rehearsals prior to each concert in the season - Tuesday evenings
 Jean Kelly (Administrator)
 Elspeth Brien (Player Liaison)
The NPO was founded in 1974 originally as the Nottingham Sinfonietta. We play five concerts in each season in and around Nottingham. Many of our players are professional instrument teachers. New members are selected by audition.
Keiron Anderson
Gill Henshaw
Every Sunday Morning in term time, Bluecoat School, Aspley Lane, Nottingham
Margaret Frogson 0115 9410543
 
If you are an advanced level wind, brass or percussion player (generally Grade 8+) and prepared to give up your Sunday mornings, then we'd love to hear from you! We are always keen to hear from talented, committed players on any instrument, and at the moment we are looking particularly for tuba, horn and oboe players.
Derek Williams
Alex Hodgson
Rushcliffe Leisure Centre, West Bridgford, Nottingham, Monday evenings
 Philip Hawker
 
We are a weekly rehearsing amateur orchestra and normally play four concerts each year. See our web site for further information.
Gary Glover ARCM
Rachel Bradley
Wednesday evening, 7.30pm-9.30pm, Force Headquarters, Meadow View, Sherwood Lodge, Arnold, Nottinghamshire, NG5 8PP
 Rachel Wood
 
We would describe ourselves as a group of serious amateurs, with most members being able to pass grade 6 or above, and many playing to a standard of grade 8 (or armed forces A1). You do not need to be employed by the Police to join the band, it really is a community band open to musicians from all walks of life and of a good standard of playing. Please contact us via our Website, or our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/nottspoliceband . We have vacancies for Percussion, Tuba / Bass, Trombone, French Horn, Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, and Bassoon.
Keith Smith
varies
Usually rehearsing (and performing) at : Wigston College (formerly Guthlaxton College), Station Road, Wigston, Leicestershire, LE18 2DS.
 Andrea Harding-Smith
 Andrew Wallace (webmaster)
Oadby & Wigston Civic Orchestra consists of local musicians who play classical music concerts in south Leicester, usually at Wigston College (formerley Guthlaxton College) in Wigston
Glyn Davies
 
Methodist Church in Calver in Hope Valley District in North Derbyshire every Tuesday
 Glyn Davies 01433 630689
 
We meet every Tuesday to play mainly the traditional classics but with an occasional foray into the works of lesser-known composers. We are looking for string players of about grade 6 standard, though the most important thing is that you enjoy playing.
Matt Appleyard
 
Friday evenings from 7.30pm until 10.00pm, Hasland Methodist Church.
 Sandra Rushton
 
We are an adult wind band based in Hasland,Chesterfield. We welcome wind or brass musicians of Grade Five standard and above. We rehearse and perform a variety of music ranging from film scores,selections from musicals,light classical and contemporary wind band music.
Ian Riley
 
Roade Primary School, Hartwell Road, Roade, Northants NN7 2NT, 6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. in school term times
Ian Riley 07976 427396
 
Our members include children and adults with an age range of over 70 years! Some are learning to play, some have dusted off an old instrument from the attic and others are very able musicians keen to pass on their skills. Our repertoire is mixed including classical, film themes, musicals, pop and rock scores, folk and jazz. See the website for more information.
Vince Davy
Andrew Davis
1st & 3rd Mondays of each month, Jan-June and Sept-Dec, in or near Oundle
 RPO Secretary
 Alison Green
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.
Ian Halcrow
 
Tuesdays 1930-2100, Oakham
 05603 849 240 to leave us a voicemail
 
The Rutland Concert Band, founded in 2008, is a community group and our ethos is one of musical inclusion in a convivial environment – we have no minimum standard and all ages and abilities are welcome (subject to rehearsal space - please contact us). Our membership has been growing steadily over the years and we now have more than 60 regular members from 12 to 70+ years old. We rehearse weekly in Oakham and perform approximately eight times per year throughout the county, often in conjunction with a community partner.
Paul Hilliam
Sarah Latham
3 Fridays before each concert, 7-30pm to 10pm at Uppingham C of E Primary School, Rutland LE15 9RT
 Madeleine Stanley 01780 752031
 
The Rutland Sinfonia is a friendly amateur orchestra based in Oakham, but there is nothing 'amateur' about the quality of our performances. It was founded in 1976. It performs 3 concerts per year in Oakham and 1 in Oundle, providing a varied & interesting programme alongside amazing soloists. New players of a good standard are invited to join where there is a vacancy. We would be very interested hearing from string players in particular.
Nik Coley and Amit Chandrasingh
 
Thursdays 6:30pm-8:15pm during term time, Soar Valley Music Centre, Claremont Street, Leicester, LE4 7QG
 Cheryl Taylor, 0116 2664153
 Liz Dunn, 0116 2664153
The Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1974 by Liz Dunn and is primarily a youth orchestra for musicians at Grade 4 standard or higher, although we have a wide range of ages and anyone is welcome. The Symphony Orchestra has a full season of concerts at venues including St James the Greater church on London Road, The Claremont Centre in Belgrave and Birstall Methodist Church. As well as the season of concerts in the UK, the orchestra also gives the musicians a chance to tour abroad. Recent tours have included Canada, Ireland, Lisbon, and Spain. Repertoire includes popular and traditional classics as well as music from films and musicals. No auditions.

South Notts Hussars Association Band

Neville Buxton
 
Wednesday at 7.30pm at the T.A. Centre, Hucknall Lane, Bulwell, Nottingham. NG6 8AQ
 David Drewitt 07847099245
 
We are an ex T.A. Band that now play as the band of the regimental association. We are a wind band and are always looking for new players of any age or gender.
John Sheppard
Oliver Hipkiss
7-30 p.m. Wednesday evening in the W.I. Hall, Queen Street, Southwell, Notts
Hon Secretary John Sheppard 01636 815108
 
A wide variety of music is rehearsed. Three or four concerts are performed each year, one of these being Carols for Everyone in Southwell Minster. New players of any standard are always welcome.
Kerry Lovell
 
Sunday afternoon from 2.30pm – 5.00pm at the Bluecoat Academy, Aspley Lane, Nottingham NG8 5GY.
 Kirstie Hind
 Anne Jackson
Grade 3+. A friendly, informal group that meet approx once a month.
Gill Henshaw
 
Sunday afternoon from 2.30pm – 5.00pm, once a month at the Bluecoat Academy, Aspley Lane, Nottingham NG8 5GY.
 Kirstie Hind
 Anne Jackson
Grade 3+. A friendly, informal group that meet approx once a month.
Stella Macereth
 
Thursday (term-time) 7-9pm St Francis Community Centre, Tudor Rd, Hinckley, Leicestershire
 Joanne 01455 631694
 
We are currently recruiting new members. Wind and percussion players of any age of a minimum grade 4 standard are welcome.
Colin Radford
Jonathan Gray
Thursday evening 7.45 - 9.15 pm at Queen Street Methodist Church, Queen Street, Whittlesey, Peterborough PE7 1AY
 Jonathan Gray
 
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.
Adam Green
Louise Maskill
Full rehearsals every other Thursday with some sectional rehearsals on alternate Thursdays
 Denise Boddy 01629 824055
 
WACO's aim is to provide an opportunity to people of all ages to participate and enjoy themselves within an orchestral ensemble. A wide repertoire of popular orchestral music is played.

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