Rehearsal Venue / Times
Usually Tuesdays at The Dolphin in Larne Road, Ballymena
Rebekah Durston 028 2564 8313
Founded in 2006, the orchestra consists of musicians from Ballymena and across Northern Ireland: professional musicians, teachers and advanced students, and welcomes applications for new membership.
Third Sunday of each month at St Thomas' Church, Eglantine Avenue, Belfast
Founded in 2008, the Consort rehearses and performs a different Bach cantata for the evening service at St Thomas' Church of Ireland on the third Sunday of each month apart from July, August and December. The group, comprising singers and instrumentalists, has also performed cantatas in St Anne's Cathedral Belfast and at the Lutheran Church in Dublin.
Regional Cultural Centre, Port Road Letterkenny Co. Donegal
Donegal Music Education Partnership
Based in the Republic, but welcomes players from NI. The Donegal Chamber Orchestra features young student string players from across county Donegal and is dedicated to helping students achieve the highest level of excellence in performance. The Donegal Chamber Orchestra gives regular performances throughout the county during the year.
Thursday at 7pm (baton down at 7.15 sharp) At Trinity Church Hall, Ballymoney, Co Antrim
The Girona Orchestra can trace its history back to around 1870 by the original minutes of meetings that have been carefully preserved.
Thursday nights at Ulster College of Music, 13 Windsor Avenue, Belfast
Ulster College of Music
A small amateur orchestra open to players of all ages and abilities. We don't play in public, but do end each term with a play-through to which friends are welcome. Last year we performed Brahms' Alto Rhapsody with some invited singers joining us for the play-through; also amongst other things Bizet's Carmen Suite, Mozart's Flute and Harp Concerto, and in the summer term a series of light music pieces from the 1920s. No auditioning.
Combine parts recorded separately at home
We are a sister organisation to www.theselfisolationchoir.com and we offer amateur instrumentalists the chance to learn wonderful pieces online from home. After each course, we ask people to record themselves, send in the recording and we combine them all in the studio and play it back in a Concert. We started with NIMROD to see how it might work, and it was wonderful.
Portadown Music Centre (Bridge Street BT63 5AE), Saturday afternoons, fortnightly
Roger Jarvis 028 3834 1952
Brigid Walton 028 3833 2371
Founded in 2004 as a community orchestra for adults who are keen to maintain - or revive - their instrumental skills through exploring the orchestral repertoire, it draws members from a wide geographical area. They include some current and former instrumental teachers, players who learned through one of the NI Music Services, and others from different backgrounds or further afield. We give two or three formal concerts a year, usually with another amateur music group and often for charity.
South Belfast on Tuesday evenings from September to May each season, 7.30 pm.
Founded in 1947, and as originally intended, the Orchestra continues to provide an opportunity for non-professional musicians, who come from all over Northern Ireland on a weekly basis, to play a wide range of music.
Whitehead Community Orchestra NEW
Whitehead Community Centre on a Monday evening from 7.30-9.30pm
We were founded in 2017 and are an orchestra for adults who wish to return to playing after a long break or simply to carry on playing after retiring, some from a career in music, mostly as peripatetic instrumental teachers. Pre Covid we gave two concerts a year and donate to local charities.
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